Päijänne on the Rocks




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Surroundings in the event will be absolutely wonderful since the location is a fantastic holiday resort Lehmonkärki. The wood heated sauna on the shore has a glass wall to the lake and accommodation will be in luxury villas in double rooms by the lake. All villas have saunas, fireplaces, equipped kitchens and cosy interiors.

Lehmonkärki has also a variation of winter activities offered by them or by co-operative companies such as skidoo driving, ice fishing, skiing and many others. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any requests or wishes.

Basic package will include the accommodation for two nights, from Friday the 18th to Sunday the 20th. The other possibility will be 4 days (from Wednesday the 16th to Sunday the 20th).  If you have any other wishes, please, send us an email and express them.

There is no grocery shop nearby the resort. Every shopping possibility is so far you will need a car to get there. Always possible to ask people with cars to help you and also the local taxi is available, ask mobile number if necessary.

Prices per person:

Participation fee weekend (Fri-Sun)                              350 €

Participation fee four days (Wed-Sun)                         490 €

Participation fee includes accommodation in double/twin room, bed linens and towels in villa, the special dinner at Saturday evening, all the diving and all the saunas during the program. (Transportation not included)

If you wish to stay in a very luxurious accommodation enjoying of a unique experience called Haasi houses, please ask the offer from the Lehmonkärki Resort. Remember to mention that you are coming for the Päijänne on the Rocks event.


Antero Joki

Antero Joki is a highly experienced freediver having represented team Finland in 15 world championships so far. He has done several Finnish national records in all four competitive depth disciplines. Antero has grown near Lake Päijänne and has been training several years in this drinkable lake. Antero is also freediving instructor trainer and he is international freediving judge in both world organizations AIDA and CMAS. He was AIDA International Technical Officer from 2012 to 2017 and he has also organized several world record dives under the ice.

Watch out for his website www.anterojoki.com

Special events

DNF without a suit under ice world record

Johanna Nordblad made her Guinness World Record – freediving under ice no fins no suit – in Päijänne on the Rocks 2015.

DYN under ice world record

My friend, Arthur Guerin Boëri, the man who made the first time ever a 300 meter long dive in a pool, did another record dive under the ice of the Lake Sonnanen, Finland. Check the video below.

The record dive event was organised by Antero Joki, the owner of Päijänne on the Rocks. He was taking care of the accommodation and logistics, planning and building the track, looking after all the safety issues, finding the safety divers and briefing them. Thank you all safety divers and special thanks to Ville Laine from Sukelluskeskus EW Dive Oy (https://ewdive.com/) and Lars Skofelt from Latemar Oy (https://www.latemar.fi/).

“One Breath Around the World” 

When Guillaume Nery and Julie Gautier-Nery were filming their amazing video “One Breath Around the World” they needed a place to film under ice. Of course that was found in Finland. Antero Joki/ Päijänne on the Rocks organised the location and prepared everything for the film crew to do their job. EW Dive supported with scuba equipment for photographers. Do you like the result?

CWT under ice world record

New Zealander living in Australia, Ant Williams, had a dream of making the deepest freedive under ice in the world. He came to Päijänne on the Rocks for the first time at 2017 for training and two years later he returned. After Päijänne on the Rocks we traveled to Norway to make the record since the Lake Päijänne was not deep enough. The whole expedition to Norway was amazing and crowned by Ant’s fantastic world record. A trip to remember!

DNF under ice without wetsuit world record by Johanna Nordblad – Hold Your Breath: The Ice Dive in Netflix

Johanna Nordblad did it again in March 2021. A new world record diving under ice dynamic no fins and without wetsuit huge 103 meters. A new CMAS world record in men and women. Netflix produced a documentary following Johanna and her sister Elina on a way to the record attempt. Archer’s Mark production, director Ian Derry.  I was responsible about the freediving safety coordination and the track. I was also the CMAS judge in this event with Eric Mennecart (FRA)

How to arrive

How to arrive

Closest airport is Helsinki (HEL). From there it is possible to rent a car and drive about 1,5 hours to the location.

Driving instructions to Lehmonkärki: Drive from airport (Kehä III itään) to Lahti on the highway (E75). Take the exit to Vääksy (exit to road 24, by shopping mall Karisma). At Vääksy take the exit on the right to road 314 towards Sysmä (drive about 8 km) where you see a road turning left to Myllykselä (road Pätiäläntie), continue along this road about 4 km and you’ll see guide signs to the right to Lehmonkärki.

Navigation address: Lehmonkärjentie 180, 17320 Asikkala, Finland

Public Transportation: it is possible to take a train from the airport to Lahti. Trains leave in front of the terminal 1/ arrivals (see the map below). You must change a train in Helsinki to Lahti.

More info about public transportation, see https://www.finavia.fi/en/airports/helsinki-airport/airport

Timetables trains, see https://www.vr.fi/en/timetables , (from Helsinki airport to Lahti)

From Lahti train station (Matkakeskus) to the location, Lehmonkärki Holiday Resort, you should take a taxi. Local taxi Hannu Huovinen, mobile +358 50 5505036, 1-4 persons cost for the ride is about 90-100€. Preferably booked in advance. Also, possible to use the taxis in front of the bus station in Lahti.

Airport map