Finland is one of the richest countries in Europe in terms of the number of watercourses. Guides will take you on a journey to the Finnish Lake District – a unique and partly protected region. The narrow rivers, the wind through the wilderness and the dark lakes offer a breathtakingly beautiful setting for canoeing.

Travelling in a canoe lets you slip through the water silently and truly to be part of nature. On theEasternmost frontier canoeing adventure, you can enjoy the nature in all of its beauty, and also learn important bushcraft skills. Local guides are professional canoeing instructors. During the trip they will also introduce you to the traditional fishing and how to prepare you fish over an open fire.

Guides for this adventure come from long line of hunter-gatherers and their roots are deep in the land. They speak fluent English and are experts on wilderness cooking.

Location for the adventure: Kolovesi National Park. Kolovesi is a paddler's paradise, where rocky cliffs rise over the narrow lake channels that form part of the vast labyrinthine Saimaa Lake System. Ancient rock paintings give insights into how Finland's early settlers lived in harmony with nature thousands of years ago. With luck you might encounter a curious Saimaa ringed seal. This is one of the best places to spot these unique lake seals. Distance from Joensuu is 75 minutes.

Availability: On request 1.6. - 30.9.2020

NET rate:
1215 €/pax min. 4 pax
1170 €/pax min. 5-7 pax
1160 €/pax min. 8-2 pax
Price includes VAT.
We use marginal tax.

Price includes:
Airport transfer on arrival day (non-guided)
Accommodation at Hotel Greenstar, 2 nights, sharing the twin room
Canoes, life vests and dry bags (60 l/pax)
Guiding in English
Catering as described in the program
Tents for 3 people for 2 nights
Trangia cooking system
Fishing equipment and fishing licences
Sleeping bags and camping mattresses
Return transfer from Joensuu to Kolovesi National park
Airport transfer on departure day (non-guided)

Price does not include:
Any beverage / drinks during the program (except drinking water)

Reservations:
Wild Nordic Finland/ Villi Pohjola Oy
lakeland@wildnordic.fi
Tel +358 400 678 669

Day 1: Arriving day to Joensuu

Flight to Joensuu (JOE) airport

Non-guided transfer to town of Joensuu (15 minutes)

Check-in at Hotel Greenstar

Hotel GreenStar® is a popular hotel concept that's both affordable and environmentally friendly. Being environmentally friendly is an attitude that lasts from the very beginning of the planning of hotel concept through the life span of the building & operation. Most of the work done is under the surface: hundreds of details in the room, ease of maintenance, building controls aiming to preservation of natural resources, layout optimisation and durable materials are few examples. Dinner in a restaurant of client's own choice (the dinner is not included into the price)

Accommodation at Hotel Greenstar in twin rooms

Day 2: Welcome to the Adventure (canoeing distance 5 – 6 km)

In the morning you will meet your guide at your hotel reception. You will be transported to the starting point of your canoeing adventure in Kolovesi National Park.
With the help of the guide you will learn:
- How to back your personal gear and camping gear on waterproof backs
- How to use trangia cooking system
- Basic paddling techniques
- Safety issues for the adventure
After learning the basics, you will prepare and enjoy lunch in our starting point. After the lunch we will start our journey in National Park. First day we will canoe only short distance, that you have enough time to learn the basics and get familiar with the canoe. During the day we eat small snacks. In the evening we prepare simple lunch from outdoor meals and you have chance to do some traditional fishing with hook and floater. We end the day in the campfire telling stories and enjoying the beautiful nature.
Meals for the day:
Lunch: Outdoor meal, bread, fruit and water
Snack: Coffee/Tea, nuts, chips, fruits
Dinner: Outdoor meal, coffee/tea, water
Supper: bread, nuts, sausage (fish, if we are lucky)
Overnight in a 3 person tents

Day 3: Home of Saimaa Ringed Seal (canoeing distance 7 – 8 km)

Third day starts with good and solid breakfast. After the breakfast we start our journey to home waters of Saimaa ringed seal. During the day you will enjoy the magnificent landscape of rock- and cliff formations as we paddle through them. We enjoy our lunch in one of the beautiful cliff shores of the area and you have time also to do some swimming in the clear and fresh water. During the day you will also learn solo paddling and some fundamental canoeing skills. In the evening you have time to do some more fishing and remember the day in a campfire.
Meals for the day:
Brakfast: coffee, beans, sausage, bread, porridge
Snack: nuts, chips, fruits, chocolate
Lunch: Outdoor meal, bread, fruit and water
Snack: Coffee/Tea, nuts, chips, fruits
Dinner: Outdoo rmeal, coffee/tea, water
Supper: bread, tea, nuts (fish, if we get some)
Overnight in a 3 person tents

Day 4: Day on the water – Rockpaintings (canoeing distance 12 km)

Fourth day is our last on the water and we use it well. Day starts with good breakfast in the nature. After the breakfast we start our journey to the historical site in Ukonvuori, where you can discover some old rock paintings and learn local history. During the day we have several breaks, where you have still time to enjoy the quietness and relaxing surrounding before we get back to civilisation. In end of the day we back our canoes and gear and head back to Joensuu.ko@wildnordic.fi: +358 400 678 669
Meals for the day:
Breakfast: Coffee/Tea, bread, porridge, beans, sausage
Snack: nuts, chips, fruits, chocolate
Lunch: Outdoor meal, bread, fruit and water
Snack: Coffee/Tea, nuts, chips, fruits
Check-in at Hotel Greenstar
Accommodation at Hotel Greenstar in twin rooms

Day 5: Departure day
Breakfast will be served at the hotel
Check-out and non-guided transfer to Joensuu airport
Thank you for visiting us and welcome again!

Please note:
Participants need to have valid travel insurance
No previous experience for canoeing is needed
Participants must have their own outdoor clothing including raingear

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