Guest Journal Entries

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
October 21, 2021

This cabin was everything it was promised to be! The location is phenomenal. My kids and dog loved running on the beach each morning, discovering fun new rocks. We hiked in the Porkies daily. There are numerous trails nearby. The house itself was clean and comfortable. We made our own meals and found the kitchen to be very well stocked. We loved having the indoor fireplace and spent many cozy hours in front of it. We had hoped to use the deck and outdoor fireplace but the weather was too wet. Overall, this was a great property and was exactly what we wanted for our family getaway.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
September 20, 2021

We loved everything about this property. The architect and builder were a great team. The cabin layout is wonderful, workmanship excellent. So many special touches. Can't say enough about location. Close to Porcupine Mts., beautiful Lake Superior beach. Board walk to beach was lovely. Well equipped, spotless. You will thoroughly enjoy this property. We will be back.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
September 13, 2021

Absolutely perfect “base” for days spent hiking in the Porkies, excursions to area waterfalls, and rock picking along the shores of Lake Superior. House is as advertised and delightfully appointed, we especially enjoyed the well stocked and spacious kitchen. Thanks you!

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
August 21, 2021

This property is absolutely amazing! It had everything we needed to make it a peaceful and enjoyable experience. We’ve already rebooked our return trip and can’t wait to enjoy the Lake Superior sunrises and sunsets once again.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
August 5, 2021

Was just what we needed. We fully enjoyed the house inside and out. Everything we needed was there (other than some marshmallow roasting sticks, but we made our own from the available supply of fallen trees and driftwood). We spent a couple of days hiking and visiting Ontonogan, but the rest of our week was spent in the house or on its beach. Very relaxing to fall asleep to the sound of the lake surf. Thanks for a great time.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
June 20, 2021

The Jarven Hytti provided a perfect Lake Superior home base for our family vacation. We had a wonderful stay in mid June 2021. The cabin was lovely and the beach was amazing! Even though the water was still pretty cold, our girls (ages 7 and 10) loved wading and searching for special rocks. We had a difficult time getting them to leave Jarven Hytti for our hiking, waterfall and fishing excursions! Thank you for a wonderful getaway spot and we look forward to our future stay!

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
May 16, 2021

If you’re looking to explore the Porcupine Mountains and Keweenaw Peninsula, Järven Hytti is the place to stay. Everything we needed for our two week stay was provided. The host is communicative, helpful, and accommodating. The house is nice and comfortable, especially with the two fireplaces! The adult beds were very comfortable too (that can make or break a vacation for me). The beach is awesome, we spent days rockhounding and nights hunting yooperlites. We also enjoyed miles of hiking in the Porkies, waterfalls and beautiful views everywhere. Don’t miss the Presque Isle area of the Porkies, it is a must see. For food, Syl’s Cafe is the place to go. Good food and friendly staff. We’re definitely considering returning to Järven Hytti in the winter. 10 out of 10, would book again!

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
April 8, 2021

This is a gorgeous property. There is a very open line of communication with the manager should you have any questions. They have a binder full of ideas as to what to do near by should you need it. Can't wait to bring the whole family next time.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
April 4, 2021

Beautifully designed house, very comfortable for our family of four. Stylish and well stocked kitchen. Tons of natural light. Beautiful property with a lovely boardwalk to the beach. So close to the porkies. Thank you!!

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
April 1, 2021

Our family enjoyed everything about this modern, clean, and super cozy place. Check-in and communication was seamless. The cabin is well equipped and exactly as described. Never got tired of the amazing Lake Superior views or strolling the shoreline, however, the wifi and smart TV are still appreciated! Kiitos Ivan and Susan for sharing this special place!

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
March 28, 2021

Spotless modern digs in a beautiful location. Perfect for a family or small group.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
March 21, 2021

The house & location were both pleasant & beautiful. Our family enjoyed the serenity and beauty of Upper Michigan. With Finnish roots we especially like the touch of Finland in the home. We hope to visit again!

Maryanne
Maryanne
March 18, 2021

I just wanted to say thank you.  Chuck and I had a wonderful time at the cabin.  It is a beautiful place, you thought of everything to make it so comfortable.   What kind of bed is in the large bedroom ?   We slept so well -better than home actually !   We also loved the coffee, and appreciate everything you do to make things nice for your guests.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
March 6, 2021

What a great time! The house is exactly as pictured. Great amenities and great location. Secluded and safe. 10 min from Porkies and less than an hour from about 10 waterfalls. We visited in early March during a warm spell and got to see the Lake melt considerably. Can only imagine what it must be like in the summer months. The fireplace made the unit warm and toasty, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many stars in the sky. A great place for a family or a couple couples.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
February 19, 2021

The cabin is so cozy and beautiful. The pictures don't do it justice. It's a perfect spot on lake superior for a relaxing vacation. Very clean and comfortable and the owners do a great job providing everything you need. Would highly recommend.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
January 30, 2021

My husband and I had a wonderful stay in Ivan's cabin on Lake Superior. The cabin is unique, clean, comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed to make meals for the week. There were well-groomed cross-country ski trails in Porcupine Mountains, just 10 minutes away, as well as ABR and Michigan Tech. After skiing, it was great to come back to a warm fire in the living room overlooking Lake Superior. Toward the end of our stay, a snowstorm blanketed the area and created the most spectacular views. Ivan was an attentive host and made sure we had everything we needed. We greatly appreciated his hospitality. We've stayed in VRBO properties for 20 years, and this was our best experience yet.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
January 28, 2021

We had a great stay! The house was clean and had some great features, including the fireplace. The booking , communication with the property manager, and check-in went very smoothly. The location near the Porkies and right on the lake was perfect. Thanks for a much needed getaway!

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
January 7, 2021

We had such a wonderful and relaxing time. Prior to our arrival communication with the owner was great, they were responsive and friendly. When we arrived we were impressed by how clean the place was! The home was cozy and relaxing and had everything you could possibly need. We loved it and will definitely be back...hopefully when Superior isn't frozen.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
January 2, 2021

Jarven Hytti was the perfect winter getaway for our family! It was immaculately clean and exactly as beautiful as the pictures! The kitchen had everything a cook could need and there were really special touches everywhere - from fairy lights around the fire place, to Finish coffee, to having a hair-drier for our use! Even the beds were really comfortable! It is perfectly located for UP Michigan winter adventures like snow-shoeing and skiing and the STARS!! We have never seen so many stars in our lives! Ivan, our host, was incredibly responsive and helped us plan our outings with lots of suggestions! Seriously, he is one of the best hosts we've ever had! We hope to someday come back here. It's really special.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
December 18, 2020

This is a wonderful place to refresh, relax and reset! Immaculately clean! Cozy, gas fireplace and great views of Lake Superior out most of the windows. The cottage is newer or has been redone and you won't find any areas needing to be updated or worn in appearance. I asked if there was a crock pot available and when we arrived there was a brand new one on the counter waiting. Love the Scandinavian decor. Complete with fun-design retro dishes and hand-knitted dish cloths. Much attention to detail in this lovely cottage. Did I mention cozy? Super attentive and conscientious hosts/owners. The Rock and Mineral Gift Shop downtown Ontonagon is worth a trip! We had a wonderful stay in this cozy and comfortable cottage.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
November 25, 2020

This property was amazing, clean and lovely with very kind and communicative hosts. The home sits perfectly on the lake front with easy access/manageable drive to hiking trails in the Porcupine Mountains State Park. We hiked, we meandered on the beach, we cooked in the well appointed kitchen and we laughed by the fireplace. We had a truly grand Thanksgiving in the fabulous home in the UP!

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
October 31, 2020

Jarven Hytti is a cozy, private home ideally suited to escape one's everyday stresses. It's Finnish inspired design keeps you in touch with the world outside its doors, while its comfortable interior makes it equally appealing to kick back on the couch in front of the fire. From the second fireplace on the deck, down the boardwalk through the cattails, to the stand alone beach deck on the shore of Lake Superior, it breathes release. Well appointed inside and out, it sits just minutes away from Porcupine Mountain State Park and miles of well marked trails. The Lake is an unending show of waves, wind, clouds, and so many glistening rocks! Our hosts were the most gracious and helpful people I've yet to encounter in a rental situation. Our two weeks spent here in November were a perfect retreat from the rest of the world, while the excellent wi fi allowed us to dip back into it when we wanted. We left with a great affection for Jarven Hytti and hope to return in the future.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
October 23, 2020

The words 'rustic' and 'luxury' may not seem like they belong together, but they perfect sum up this spectacular rental! The cabin is hidden away in the woods, just steps from Lake Superior. We had the curtains drawn in the evening as we looked out at the gently falling snow. Even though we were tucked away from civilization, we had every amenity we needed: two fireplaces, comfy Japanese towels, down comforters, a smart TV, and so much more! The rental was the cleanest one I've ever stayed in and our host was great. We will be returning!

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
October 17, 2020

We had an amazing anniversary. Beautiful, home, location and easy access to the Porcupine Mountains for amazing hiking. The house was all that and more!!!

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
October 15, 2020

Love the cleanliness and proximity to so much on this well laid out home. We found as much to do this time as last and loved returning for the evening to this cozy place and the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore.

Chris and Sandi
Chris and Sandi
October 9, 2020

We enjoyed our stay at the Lake House. Nice, clean home. Lots of thoughtful details. Lake deck was wonderful to sit by and enjoy the Lake and starry nights. Location was great for exploring anywhere in the Western UP! Owner communication was very good. Would highly recommend this property. 

Recent Guest
Recent Guest

FRILUFTSLUV= JÄRVEN HYTTI

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Recent Guest
Recent Guest

Hygge+JärvenHytti

Hygge is a Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
August 30, 2020

I am sunset girl but I am glad I made myself get up early to catch a beautiful sunrise. Every sunset is different and unique. One of my favorite things about this amazing place. The beach treasures are fun to hunt for also. Thank you for sharing your amazing lake Superior home.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
August 15, 2020

We were so impressed with this cabin! The architecture of the home, plus the design elements, the decor, the attention to detail, all make this rental an outstanding one. Probably the nicest home we've ever rented! Being on the shore of Lake Superior was the icing on the cake for us. We went down there every day hunting for agates and just enjoying the water and sunsets. The location was perfect. It was just a short ride to the Porkies as well as in to town. Yet, it felt like an isolated, peaceful and tranquil location too. I can't say enough about how much we loved it here! If we make it up to this neck of the U.P. again, we'll definitely stay here!

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
July 24, 2020

My wife and I recently had the opportunity to visit Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and rented this wonderful property situated right on the southern shore of Lake Superior. From start to finish our stay at this property met and exceeded all of our expectations. Hands down the property is one of the newest and nicest vacation rentals in the area and comes extremely well appointed with many nice touches from the fully appointed kitchen to the amazing and luxurious towels provided in the bathrooms. Ivan was our host and he was super responsive before, during, and after our stay. We look forward to our next visit to this property and the area. I can’t imagine renting or staying anywhere else when visiting the area.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
July 22, 2020

Beautiful little Finnish beach house. Very new and so clean. Excellent communication with owner. We enjoyed sunsets, beach-combing, and hearing the waves of Lake Superior. Perfect little getaway. Already looking for future dates

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
July 15, 2020

We loved the property's proximity to the water and hearing the waves crash on the beach. The bed was super comfortable and we slept like logs after day trips to hike and bike the local area. The owner was very helpful and incredibly gracious. We would absolutely stay here again.

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
July 3, 2020

This rental was absolutely amazing. If you are looking to get away from it all, this is a great spot to do just that. The lakehouse had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The kitchen is fully stocked so we were able to cook all meals there, very comfortable bed, and the location right on the lakefront allowed us to see some beautiful sunsets during our stay. The mosquitoes were absolutely terrible so bring some bug spray! Ivan was very responsive and communication was great--thank you for being so accommodating! Highly recommended rental 🙂

Recent Guest
Recent Guest
June 26, 2020

My husband, two toddlers and myself had a great stay. The home is equipped with everything a family of four could ever need. The home was very comfortable and included AC and nice beds. The beach is private and was a great place for my toddlers to find rocks and swim. The location was perfect as it is very close to the Porcupine Mountains where we greatly enjoyed exploring. The days are long but the years are short so do yourself a favor and visit this fantastic place!