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Cycle tour in Karelia with river rafting

Cycle tour in Karelia with river rafting

Serviced cycle tour from guesthouse to guesthouse, where sauna and tasty Karelian food is waiting for you. Then hiking and river rafting in Ruunaa. 

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. 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.  


CYCLE TOUR IN KARELIA WITH RIVER RAFTING

Meals:  6xbreakfast, 4xtakeaway lunch, 1xlunch, 6xdinner = full pension

Accommodation: guesthouse double rooms during the cycling tour,cottage for max 6 people in Ruunaa  

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

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

Transportation:   rental car needed  (not included)

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

Sample program:  

1st day

  •  arrival at guesthouse Puukarin pysäkki (closest airpor Kuopio)
  • rtour info and route choices
  • checking the equipment and a test cycling
  • sauna
  • dinner (very famous for its Karelian buffet)
  • accommodation in Puukarin pysäkki

2nd day: 25km 

  • breakfastcycling from Nuolijärvi via Valtimo village to Karhunpää 25km
  • arrival to Laitalan Lomat
  • paddling tour after an info
  • dinner
  • night in guesthouse Laitalan Lomat

 3rd day: 35km

  • breakfast
  • 35km cycle tour to Nurmes
  • coffee break at the old railway station for example
  • arrival at Männikkölän pirtti
  • sauna and swimming 
  • dinner
  • night in Männikkölä guesthouse

4th day: 15km + extra 16km if wanted

  • breakfast
  • cycling to the viemerjärvi in Salmenkylä
  • arrival to guesthouse Pihlajapuu
  • extra tour around lake Viemerjärvi
  • sauna 
  • dinner
  • night in guesthouse PIhlajapuu

 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
  • night in a log cabin 

6th 

  • breakfast
  • river rafting  
  • lounch
  • hiking route range from 1-50km
  • dinner
  • night in a log cabin 

7th day

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

 

 

 

Category Tours
Location Forest
Price 1156€/person in double room . Note! Transfers not included, a rental car needed.
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