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Helsinki Plus: Self-guided Skating Tour on lake Saimaa

Helsinki Plus: Self-guided Skating Tour on lake Saimaa

Glide on the lake ice! In Linnansaari National park there is a great tour skating route  from one hotel to another, in total 18km. This self-guided tour on the natural ice of lake Saimaa is the longest skating route in Finland. Alternatively you may move on the ice by kicksledging, skiing or snowshoeing.

Holiday Resort Järvisydän  is not only a summer paradise by lake Saimaa but also a different kind of a winter sports center. They are specialised in touring on lake ice. You will get the equipment you like, either tour skates, skies, a kicksled (see our photo), or snowshoes. Breakfast and dinner are served at the hotel restaurant.

The 18km skating route from Järvisydän to Oravi one way is the longest tour skating route in Finland taking you through the beautiful landscape of Linnansaari National Park. Depending on the weather conditions there are alltogether from 20 to 40 kilometres of well-kept ice and ski routes.Up-to-date information on the present situation can be found in English at: https://www.facebook.com/Tourskating

Hotel Oravi  is a small new hotel located in Oravi village. There is also a small grocery store, where you can find buy food for your way back The store is open every day from 9am-5pm. The hotel has a sauna, which you can use after the tour. Dinner will be served at the hotel resturant.

Helsinki Plus are day tours or short tours with activities. You can easily combine any of them with your holiday in Helsinki. Transportation has been taken care for you. It can be a rental car, train, bus or ship but what is important is that it is the most convenient yet cost effective way of transportation. Meals are included if necessary. 

 

SKATING TOUR ON LAKE SAIMAA

Accommodation:  1night in double rooms of Järvisydän hillside villas, 1 night in double rooms of Hotel Oravi. Single rooms available for the supplement of 50€ (in uneven numbers of participants, there is always one single room).

Meals:  2xbreakfast, 1 lunch and 2xdinner, own takeaway food for the tour (or visit at the pancake cafeteria in Kaarnatsaari)

Entrance ticket to the skating route: included for 2 days

Equipment:  all the necessary equipment for the tour included

Transportation: train (or bus/lower price) Helsinki-Varkaus-Helsinki and hotel transfers included

Program:

1st day

  • 16.11-20:13 train from Helsinki (city or airport) to Varkaus
  • dinner 
  • night in hotel Järvisydän 

2nd day

  • brakfast buffet
  • getting ready for the tour in Safari House
  • self-guided tour is ready to start
  • arrival in Hotel Oravi 
  • hotel sauna 1h
  • night in hotel Oravi

3rd day

  • breakfast basket delivered to your hotel apartment
  • return leg of the tour back to holiday resort Järvisydän
  • by 14:00 returning your equipment to Safari House
  • 14:00 lunch buffet (served until 15:00)
  • 15-16:30 spa visit
  • 16:30 transfer to Varkaus railway station
  • 17:27-21.48 train to Helsinki 

Also an extra night can be added. 

LOCATION: Rantasalmi
Bus station: Varkaus
Airports: 

  • Varkaus 40km
  • Savonlinna 67km
  • Kuopio 114km
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Location Lake
Price 2pax:558€/person, single:734€
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