Vähä-Kiljava in Hyvinkää is a retreat for all SAFA members

Come and stay in a hidden architectural gem in the middle of unspoiled Finnish nature! Pick berries and mushrooms, take walks in the forest, enjoy a Finnish sauna in the evenings.

Vähä-Kiljava, a retreat for all SAFA members and architects, is located in Hyvinkää. It faces the clear Lake Sääksjärvi on the Salpausselkä esker, formed by the Ice Age, in the middle of a beautiful pine forest. Vähä-Kiljava is only a 50 km drive from Helsinki centre, easily accessible by car, bus, or even bike.

In the Vähä-Kiljava area here are 25 cottages. Most are owned by SAFA and rented out on long-term contract to SAFA members; a few are owned by members. SAFA members have a chance to rent the Aalto, Autere, and Puutalo Cottages for a week or more during the summer season from May to August. The weekly rentals are from Sunday to Sunday. During September and October, the cottages can be reserved for a day.

The main building Kasino, designed by architect Hugo Harmia in 1939, is well-suited for weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations. It has a spacious dining / meeting room for ca 70 people, a kitchen, and a separate sitting room with a fireplace. Rooms in the Kasino can be rented individually or the building can be rented in its entirety.

The Lodge next to the Kasino houses double rooms, a kitchen, a shower room, and a sitting room. The rooms in the Kasino and Lodge are rented for a week or day from May to September.

Besides the wide beach, the lakeshore features two saunas.


SAFA members can reserve each rental space online on the reservation calendars via this link (in Finnish).

See the prices for the cottages, the Kasino and the Lodge in 2024 for SAFA members, O-SAFA members (students) and non-members here (in Finnish).

SAFA office
Katri Laakso
040 169 8889

Keys to the cottages
Caretaker, Tiina Mäki
050 371 9604

Arto Huttunen
040 559 5806