HOW WE ENDED UP IN HELL
At the turn of the millennium, we held a shop, barbecue place, pizzeria, restaurant and many other activities in the center of Ruovesi. Little by little, however, we got tired of the seven-day work week and the 12 – at worst, even 17-hour workdays. We decided to give up everything and move here into the wilderness, go to paid work and start living like “normal people”.
Mirja went to the local shop to work and Mika returned to drive a truck. The years rolled comfortably and even the children flew Alkaen the nest to each other. During the summer, chickens, turkeys, salmon and pigs were raised. Life was quite relaxed.
Despite a laid back life, we both dreamed of animals that could be kept all year round. Surprise, surprise, we ended up with wild boars! Gradually the herd of pigs grew and at some point it started to become a profession.
Then came the year 2011. For more than 20 years, the neighbor’s mistress had been running a kiosk in the Helvetinkolu parking lot until she suddenly stated that “something else could be done.” The ladies exchanged jobs and Mirja became an entrepreneur again. At the same time, the development of Kankimäki’s operations began. Then came the ostriches. For a few more years, Mika tried to do two jobs at the same time but then had to admit and start working as a full-time host of the ranch.
The years have rolled by, and the place has gradually grown in reputation. Over the years, we have employed many wonderful people, both young and a little older.
In 2020, we opened our new 150-seat restaurant to replace a small kiosk, and a new expanded travel park was also provided for caravans. Currently we have a couple of caravans for rent, three saunas (like a yurt sauna), two cabins (permits are coming for three new cabins), a couple of sheds and much more nice.
We want to serve our customers as well as possible. In addition to wild boar and ostrich dishes, you will also find vegetarian and fish dishes in our restaurant so that you can find food for the whole family. You can get to know the animals of our home farm for free and the farm’s sandy beach is also available to everyone. You can get maps of Helvetinjärvi National Park for free Alkaen the restaurant’s information when you go on a forest trip. Dogs are also welcome with us.
We warmly welcome you to Hell!
Entrepreneurs of Helvetin Portti
Mirja and Mika