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From guesthouse to guesthouse paddling and cycling from Helsinki

From guesthouse to guesthouse paddling and cycling from Helsinki

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 is to take a nature tour with a combination of cycling and canoeing. 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. You have a guide with you on all the legs and the transportation from Helsinki is included. If you have any special wishes regarding the travel arrangements, do not hesitate to contact us: sales@skafur-tour.fi


FROM GUESTHOUSE TO GUESTHOUSE NATURE TOUR

Meals:  5xbreakfast, 4xtakeaway lunch, 5xdinner

Guidance:  guided

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

Transportation:  either train or flight from Helsinki plus airport/railway transfer to/from Nurmes (timing can be adjusted and transportation totally removed, if you use your own car)

Airport:   
Helsinki: 6.15pm -Kuopio 7.15pm
Kuopio 2.35pm - Helsinki 3.25pm

Railway:  
Helsinki 3.17pm - Kuopio 7.27pm
Kuopio 2.30pm - Helsinki 9.42pm 

Requirements:  normal shape and endurance for canoeing 4-5 hours a day and cycling up and down high hills both on asphalt and sand roads

Program:  amendments possible

Arrival day

  • 7.15pm arrival in Kuopio
  • by 9 pm arrival at guesthouse Pihlajapuu
  • dinner
  • tour info

1.day

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

 2.day

  • breakfast
  • 35km of cycling through uninhabited area along hilly and partly sandy roads to guesthouse Puukarin Pysäkki
  • short massage (30min)
  • sauna and swimming in river
  • Karelian buffet table

3. day

  • breakfast
  • 7km via the souvenir store Marjapaikka to Nuolikoski
  • changing bicycles to canoes
  • 20km paddling along several lakes on river Valtimonjoki 
  • arrival at guesthouse Laitalan Lomat, which is also a reindeer farm
  • sauna and lake swimming

 4th day

  • breakfast
  • 15km paddling along the smoothly floating river to Kuokkastenkoski
  • change from canoes to bicycles
  • 15km of cycling to Männikkölän Pirtti, whose hostess is the master of the Karelian pies
  • sauna and lake swimming
  • Karelian dinner

 5th day 

  • breakfast
  • 11.30am transportation to Kuopio
  • 2.35pm or 3.12pm departure from Kuopio

 

 

 

 

 

Category Tours
Location Forest
Price 1078€/person (12), 1325€/person (6)
Prices for children does not suit children under 12 yrs
Group size min 6
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Duration 5 days
Meals Full pension
Accomodation guesthouses in double rooms
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