What are the feelings you'll get during the exotic moments in the Finnish Sauna? Would you like to hear how the burning wood crackles in the oven, to look the sunset through the window at the glittering water and on the wavering birch leaves, feel the scent of the vasta (a bunch of birch leaves) circulating around you. An exclusive Karelian Sauna Tour leads you through North Karelia to get to know the best of Finnish sauna experience.
Arrival at Joensuu airport or railway station. Welcome in North Karelia! Transfer by taxi to the holiday village of Karjalan Helmi. Getting to know the area and the fellow-travellers. Dinner and information of the traditional Finnish sauna with the visit in a cottage sauna close to the lake shore. Cosy accommodation at Holiday village Karjalan Helmi.
Fishing on the lake or rowing/canoeing tour around the islands close to the Manor House. Lunch, fish/meat soup with home made breads and berry dessert. Walking on the forest, 6 km.
Sauna and dinner. Accommodation at Karjalan Helmi.
Transfer to Möhkön Rajakartano in Ilomantsi (about 1,5 hours). Welcome in Hotel Rajakartano, lunch; vegetable hot pot. History of the easternmost Hotel in Finland (only 2 km to the Russian border).
Sauna stories before going in to the wooden heated riverside sauna.
Countryside gourmet -dinner. Accommodation in apartments at Apartment Hotel Möhkön Rajakartano.
Forest yoga and relaxation. Lunch, soup á la Maison (with lamb meet). In the afternoon a walking tour in Möhko village (incl. visit to the ironworks museum and historical Finnish Winter War places.
Taking part in the heating of a traditional smoke sauna. Traditional Karelian Dinner. Smoke sauna evening. Accommodation at Rajakartano.
Transfer from Rajakartano to Guesthouse Pihlajapuu via the town of Lieksa (on the way visit to the Eva Ryynänen museum, church and atelier in Paateri. Mrs Ryynänen was a famous Finnish wood sculptor). Transfer time 2,5 hours + Paateri visit 2 hours. Lunch in Herranniemi restaurant. Arrival at Pihlajapuu. Wooden heated sauna at Pihlajapuu. Dinner. Accommodation at Guesthouse Pihlajapuu.
Canoeing tour on the lake. Ground sauna of Koivikkola. Glow-fried salmon for dinner in the traditional kota of Koivikkola. Accommodation at Guesthouse Pihlajapuu.
Transfer to Koli National Park (1 hour). Best of Koli -hiking tour in the national park (2 hours). Lunch at Alamaja Restaurant. Summer Koliday tour to the Korven Kota smokesauna. (15 min driving time from Koli National Park). Farewell Dinner at Korven Kota.
Accommodation at Break Sokos Hotel Koli.
Transfer to the airport Joensuu or to the railway station (1 hour). Time to say hei hei!
Group size: 6-12 persons
Dates: 23.-30.5.2020 and 29.8.-5.9.2020
Tour is held also on request!
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