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, that 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 the Easternmost 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 (from second day on): 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.

 

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Day 1: Arrival day in Finnish Lakeland area
Arrival in city of Joensuu, the capital of North Karelia (by plane, train or bus)
Check-in at Original Sokos Hotel Kimmel
Original Sokos Hotel Kimmel is located in the beautiful Sirkkala-park by the River Pielisjoki. Original
Sokos Hotel Kimmel is named after the fast-flowing River Pielisjoki and its glimmering foam.
Hotel is also located only a few minutes' walk from the hustle and bustle of downtown. Bus and train
stations are located right across the street from our hotel. It is also easy to reach us by plane, since the
airport shuttle bus will get from Joensuu Airport to the hotel in a blink of an eye. Hotel is a full-service
provider: food, drink, good night's sleep, relaxation and evening fun.

Dinner in a restaurant of client's own choice (the dinner is not included into the price)
Accommodation at Original Sokos Hotel in twin rooms

Day 2: Welcome to the Adventure (canoeing distance 5 – 6 km)
In the morning, after breakfast, 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.
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.
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.
Check-in at Original Sokos Hotel Kimmel
Dinner in a restaurant of client's own choice (the dinner is not included into the price)
Accommodation at Original Sokos Hotel in twin rooms

Day 5: Wildlife watching program at the wilderness camp
Breakfast will be served at the hotel
Driving to Lieksa area (app. 1,5 hours)
The base of the Finnish predator photography and observation lodges is in Lieksa area, where a former loggers’ cabin has been renovated and altered for tourism purposes.
Wolverines are the most important target, but you can also photograph bears, foxes and various birds there. With luck, you can also spot beavers, lynxes, wolves, swans and various waterfowls. Basic program at wilderness camp: In the afternoon arrival in the lodge, where welcoming coffee / tea with a snack is served. During the welcome you will also hear the introduction of the organizing company, info about the animals and watching wildlife. Short transfer to the watching place by car. The best time to spot the animals is in the evening, during the nighttime and early in the morning. The rest of the day until the next morning will be wildlife watching. Evening snack packages available during the evening Each guest has a possibility to sleep also in a wilderness lodge (basic accommodation with various
bunk beds with mattress and sleeping bag, dry toilets, no electricity)

Day 6: Departure day
In the early morning transfer to the main building.
Breakfast will be served and leaving the camp.
Driving to Joensuu, Kuopio or continue the trip toward northern parts of Finland

END OF SERVICES

NET rate: 1565 €/pax min. 4 pax
Price includes VAT.
We use marginal tax.
Price includes:
Acc. at Sokos Hotel Koli, 1 night (twin room)
Acc. at tents, 3 nights (3 - 4 pax in tent)
Acc. at wilderness lodge, 1 night (bunk beds as described)
Breakfasts x 5
Dinners x 2
Lunches x 3 (during canoeing program)
Evening snack at observatory lodge
Wildlife watching program as described (1 night)
Transfers according to the program
Price does not include:
Transfers to/from arrival/departure point
Return transfers to/from Wildlife watching lodge
Any beverage / drinks during the program

Reservations:
Wild Nordic Finland/ Villi Pohjola Oy
lakeland@wildnordic.fi
Tel +358 400 678 669
Availability: On request 15.5. -30.9.2020
(recommended time May, June and September)