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From guesthouse to guesthouse cycling

From guesthouse to guesthouse cycling

Northern Karelia  is the home of the Finnish national romanticism. It is the enviroment familiar to those, who have read Kalevala, our national epos. The landscape is dominated by hills, which are gentle but large. Typical to Finland, there are lakes every here and there.

Best way to enjoy both the hillviews and the lakeviews, when you are traveling alone is to take a self-guided cycling tour.  In this version you will cycle alone from guesthouse to guesthouse on a ready-made route but you will  get on a short instructed hiking and canoeing tours . The landscape looks and feels completely different each month as in June it is fresh green, the birds are singing and there is almost no night, in July it can be +30 degrees and there are a lot of flowers, in August the forests are full of berries and in September the autumn colours are at their best.  

Karelian kitchen  is famous for rich buffet tables with dishes made of pure ingredients such as fish, vegetables, mushrooms and berries. The favourite dish of many locals is Karelian pie, which is a traditional pasty filled typically with rice or smashed potatoes and served with egg butter. These local delicacies you will taste every evening. Every day you get with you a take-away lunch for the trip. Nothing beats the feeling of having a lunch in the midlle of the most beautiful nature.

Everything will be taken care of. Your luggage is transported to the next guesthouse while you are on the way. 

Ruunaa is the place for white-water rafting!  Raft down 5 of the rapids in a rubber raft or conquer all 7 in a wooden boat.  Take a ride against the current in our new turbo-boat.  Enjoy the serenity of the scenic area from the water while having a blast. The route of the wooden boat is 30km starting from the Ruunaa Matkalahti and ending at the Naarajoki bridge and takes about 4 hours with lunch out there on the way. The rubber boat version is 7km and its starts from Neitikoski and ends at Siikakoski.  There are groups offered daily. 


FROM GUESTHOUSE TO GUESTHOUSE NATURE TOUR

Meals:  6xbreakfast, 5xtakeaway lunch, 1xlunch, 6xdinner

Accommodation: guesthouse during the cycling tour, a tiny cottage "aitta"  in Ruunaa (camping level a better cottage can be booked for 130€ extra)

Guidance:  self-guided cycling, instructed kayaking, hiking and river rafting 

Equipment:  canoes, life wests, waterproof bags, bicycles, helmets and saddle bags included

Transportation:   flight from Helsinki plus a small rental car 

Airport:   
Helsinki: 13.35pm -Kuopio 14.25pm
Kuopio 14.45pm - Helsinki 15.35pm

Rental car for 6 full days:  Citroen C1 310,92€ (Note: does not include gasoline)

Requirements:  normal shape and endurance fordaily cycling tours of 30-50km

Sample program:  f.ex. 29.6.-5.7.

1st day

  • 14.25pm arrival in Kuopio
  • by 16.00 arrival in guesthouse Puukarin pysäkki
  • checking the equipment and a test cycling
  • a short hiking tour 
  • sauna, dinner and accommodation in Puukarin pysäkki

2nd day

  • breakfast
  • getting equipped for the tour
  • 40km of cycling on asphalt through the forests to guesthouse Metsäkartano 
  • sauna and swimming 
  • dinner

 3rd day

  • breakfast
  • 25km cycling through the Valtimo village to Laitilan lomat (there are nice stops on the way)
  • at Laitilan Lomat you will get a canoe, some training and can make a canoe tour on the lake
  • sauna and swimming 
  • dinner

4th day

  • breakfast
  • cycling from Pihlajapuu to Nurmes, where the Karelian village Bomba is located
  • the tour will end at Männikölän Pirtti
  • sauna and lake swimming
  • dinner

 5th day

  • breakfast
  • you will be transported back to Puukarin Pysäkki to get your rental car (or you can cycle back 37km 
  • a drive to Ruunaan kosket (118km)
  • lunch at the Ruunaa restaurant
  • taking a look around or rent a kayak or a rowing boat or try fishing (fishing gear rented out)
  • dinner

6th 

  • breakfast
  • 4h river rafting (Time to be specified, includes lunch)
  • hiking route range from 1-50km
  • dinner

7th day

  • breakfast
  • latest 10.30 leaving to Kuopio airport (214km, takes 2h 40min) 

 

 

 

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Location Forest
Price 1278€ for 1 person
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