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Vihe Minilaavu

5 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(4 customer reviews)

Lightweight and unique, the Minilaavu is a small traditional open shelter for 1 – 2 people, and performs at its best with a campfire lit in front of it.


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The Original Vihe Minilaavu

A small traditional shelter for 1 – 2 people. The Minilaavu is an open-sided shelter, allowing you to enjoy the warmth of an open fire and the beauty of the outdoors while still being sheltered from wind and rain. The door can be pitched open as shown in the photo to provide a large porch area with clear views of the forest, or pitched lower to the ground providing enhanced protection from the elements. The Minilaavu performs at its best with a campfire lit in front of it, and in cold conditions the door should be kept open with the campfire maintained to keep the camper warm throughout the day and night. The shape of the shelter allows for a level of heat retention, while the aluminium lining of the fabric reflects heat and light back onto the user. With correct use, the smoke from the campfire can also be utilised to keep away mosquitos and other biting insects.

The Minilaavu can be pitched between two trees or with the use of hiking poles or sticks, using the included cord. The roof of the shelter extends past the rear wall by 75 cm, providing a protected storage space behind the laavu.



  • Material: Durable PU Nylon
  • UV-Protected
  • Aluminium coating on underside to reflect heat and light
  • Attachment points inside for bugnets / drying lines / equipment
  • Traditional Finnish design
  • Capacity: 1-2 people
  • Height at front: 95 cm
  • Height at back: 45 cm
  • Base: 100 x 200 cm
  • Weight: 750 g (850 g with zip)
  • Handmade in Finland


This product is Made-to-Order and will be placed in the production queue when you order.


In order to keep your Vihe Vaellus product in tip-top condition, make sure to check out our Vihe Vaellus Care Instructions.



About Us

Vihe Vaellus – Finnish brand founded in 1979

Specialists in lean-to shelters and tarps

Based in Finland, we manufacture light-weight tarp shelters and camping accessories. Our products represent Nordic wilderness tradition at its best. Vihe shelters are designed to be used with a camp fire in front of them, and serve as a light and functional alternative to a tent – with the added bonus of bringing you closer to the surrounding nature. Perfect for bushcraft, hiking, backpacking, survival, hunting, fishing, scouts and camping.

All our products are handmade in Finland.

Vihe Vaellus proudly boasts the Key Flag symbol of the Association for Finnish Work as a demonstration of our products being manufactured in Finland.


Please note:

Handmade to order – See main shop text for delivery times.

4 reviews for Vihe Minilaavu

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Great quality and design. Used it in very cold and wet conditions as a woodland shelter with a fire and it worked a treat!

  2. 5 out of 5


    Had one of these for a couple of years now, excellent ground shelter. lightweight, compact and well designed. with some guide line mods and ti pegs, it comes in below 900g.

  3. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Very well made, very light and extremely versatile shelter.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Used it for three hikes now, could not praise it enough. Works really well with the zipline for rougher weathers.

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