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 use both bicycle and canoe. 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 middle of the most beautiful nature.
Group size: 4-10 persons
Price: 980 €/person
Additional days: 72 €/person, full board, bikes and canoes
The price of the additional days does not include the transfers from/to airport.
Airport transfer: 320 €/one direction
Single room supplement: 20 €/person/night
Includes: Accommodation in double rooms in guesthouses, full board (breakfast, picnic lunch or snack, one warm meal), canoes, bikes, bike packs and helmets, transfers of canoes and bikes, program, guide services
Please note, that because we are saving nature, we take the bed linen with us from the first guesthouse to be used in all the other guesthouses, too. The bed linen bag will be carried by the luggage transfer. You will get clean towels in every guesthouse.
Physical condition needed: Canoeing on the slowly streaming river and small lakes (5-6 hours of canoeing). Biking on the hilly roads (both sand and asphalt). You need to be in a normal shape.
Arrival at Nurmes at guesthouse Pihlajapuu. Information about the tour.
Packing the things for the tour. The rest of our luggage we can leave at Pihlajapuu. We’ll bike about 40 km through the forests to Metsäkartano. The road is asphalt but hilly. In the evening you will enjoy the heat of the sauna and also swim in the lake.
Today you bike through uninhabited area along hilly and partly sandy roads to Puukarin Pysäkki which is a Karelian guesthouse. Here you can taste some Karelian delicacies. Daily biking about 35 km.
You will bike to Marjapaikka where you have the possibility to do some souvenir shopping. Then you continue biking to Nuolikoski where you change your bikes to canoes and paddle about 20 km along several lakes and Valtimonjoki-river. You will see the best of Karelian countryside with green fields. Overnight at guesthouse Laitalan Lomat . Of course you’ll have sauna by the lake.
You will paddle along the smoothly streaming river to Kuokkastenkoski, about 15 km. There you change the canoes to bikes and cycle about 15 km to Männikkölän Pirtti. Sauna and a Karelia dinner conclude your nice tour from guesthouse to guesthouse.
Time to say hei, hei.