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This tour offers you a nice mixture of a relaxing and an active holiday, sauna and a good night sleep after canoeing, hiking and biking. In June the summer has just begun. Everything is green and bloomy. In July and in August it is already possible to pick up berries and mushrooms. The common things for both tours are swimming, sauna, sleeping well, Karelian kitchen with fish, vegetables, mushrooms and berries. Just relax and enjoy the Finnish summer and white summer nights. It does not get dark at all.... In additional weeks we offer you full board and the use of canoes and bikes.

a) 1.-8.6.2013
b) 8.-15.6.2013 Additional week
c) 13.-20.7.2013
d) 27.7.-3.8.2013
e) 17.-24.8.2013

Group size:
6 - 12 persons

a) 790 €
b) 390 €
c) - e) 890 €

Single room:
16 €/day

Additional days:
65 €/person, full board

On arrival day, Saturday: group transfer from the Kuopio airport at about 6 pm. At the end of the tour, Saturday: group transfer at 9 am back to the airport. Accommodation at guesthouse Pihlajapuu incl. double rooms, full board, bikes and canoes, sauna daily, guidance

Physical condition needed:
Paddling on smoothly running rivers, and lakes. Biking along hilly roads. An average condition and team spirit required!

Additional week includes: accommodation at guesthouse Pihlajapuu in double rooms, full board, sauna daily.
Not included in the price: transfer to the airport (160 EUR)


1. day
Transfer from the Kuopio airport (at 6 pm) or from the Nurmes railway station. Arrival at the guesthouse Pihlajapuu, dinner and getting to know each other.
2. day
After breakfast a walk in the neighbourhood 6-12 km. In the evening a short course in Finnish language - just to learn some useful Finnish words. Sauna in the evening.
3. day
Cycle trip around the lake Viemenenjärvi and to the Nälkömäki Hill for a beautiful view over forests and lakes, ca. 16 km. Swimming in the lake on the way. Or we can also bike to Nurmes for shopping and sightseeing, ca. 50 km.
4. day
Canoeing tour on the nearby lake Viemenenjärvi, 6 km. Swimming.
5. day
Hiking in the nature reserve area of Raesärkät. A lot of small lakes to swim in. Campfire coffee. The trip lasts about 6 hours.
6. day
Canoeing on the big Pielinen lake (if the weather is calm) or on a gently flowing river, ca. 6-15 km.
7. day
Bike trip to the isles of Paalasmaa. The route is going over several islands and we'll go by ferry to a little village in the middle of the lake Pielinen, ca. 40 km. In the evening glow-fried salmon for dinner in a wooden teepee and a traditional smoke sauna - both at Minna's.
8. day
Time to say bye, bye - hei, hei


Karelia Expert Tourist Service Ltd Nurmes
Tel. +358 (0)50 336 0707