The Story of
The story of Retkietappi
dates back to1950's, to the time when there was no hanging bridge
over the rapid Niskakoski. The tourists were taken over Lake Alajuumajärvi
by rowing boat.
Coming back from
the rapids, the visitors began asking for coffee and snacks, or at
least for something to drink. Very often they were offered coffee.
As the demand
steadily increased, the kitchen cupboard was eventually stocked with
soft drinks, cigarettes, and sweets to be sold to the visitors. The
selection expanded to souvenirs and other goods later.
In those days
tourists came to stay at farms. They were served in between tending
the cattle and other farm chores. Tourists were accommodated in the
farmhouse, because there were no hired cabins then.
In the beginning
of 1960's a kiosk and the first cabins were built by the shore of
Lake Alajuumajärvi. At this time also campers came to stay in
the area. As the amount of visitors grew, the kiosk was extended into
a café in 1972.
It has been our
purpose to keep the outward appearance of Retkietappi as it was decades
ago, a part of the idyllic country landscape.
During the summer
months, we want to welcome you to a café with a genuine 70's