Day 1: Arrival in Nurmes, first dinner together and information about the tour.
Day 2: Paddling exercises on the nearby lake of Viemenjärvi (300 m from Pihlajapuu). In the afternoon we practice some essential words in Finnish. Sauna in the evening.
Day 3: We pack our things for the tour. The rest of our luggage we leave at Pihlajapuu. We’ll bike 35 km through the forests to Metsäkämppä. The road is asphalt but hilly. In the evening we enjoy the heat of the sauna and also swim in the lake.
Day 4: Today we bike through uninhabited area along hilly and partly sandy roads to Puukarin Pysäkki which is a Karelian guesthouse. Here we can taste some Karelian delicacies. Daily biking 32 km.
Day 5: Today we change our bikes to canoes and paddle 18 km along several lakes and Valtimonjoki-river. We will see the best of Karelian countryside with green fields and cows. Overnight at guesthouse Laitalan Lomat where they have accommodation at several cosy houses. Of course we will have sauna by the lake.
Day 6: We paddle along the smoothly streaming river to Kuokkastenkoski, about 15 km. Transfer by car back to Pihlajapuu, 9 km. Accommodation at Pihlajapuu.
Day 7: Short walking tour of 4 km. In the afternoon we’ll play a Karelian game called Kyykkä. In the evening we’ll paddle over the Viemenjärvi lake to Minna’s smoke sauna. (1 km from Pihlajapuu). After the sauna we’ll taste glowfried salmon at kota which is a wooden teepee.
Day 8: A day-off for extra program in the surroundings; Koli national park, visit to a Finnhorse farm etx. Ask for details.
Day 9: Time to say hei, hei. Bye bye!
- Transfer from the airport Kuopio at 18.00, to the airport Kuopio at 8.30
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