Level of difficulty: Easy to moderate, tour is suitable for novices and experienced paddlers alike.
Day 1: Arrival.
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by the stuff of the visitor centre and receive first introductions to the equipment. Accommodation will be in tents at the Karhunkainalo camp site next to the visitor centre where the sauna will be heated up.
Day 2: Canoeing.
After breakfast you will be brought to the starting point of the tour together with your equipment and the canoes. After loading your canoes you are ready to start the first day along the Peranganjoki River, You will spend the night in an open wilderness hut at the shore of the Iso-Kukkuri Lake. If the group size exceeds 7 people tents will be used in addition to accommodate everybody.
Day 3: Canoeing.
Today’s route crosses various lakes and passes several easy to moderate rapids. The several fire places along the shores invite you to stop by for frying some sausages in the traditional Finnish way over an open fire. Before you reach the campsite for the night you pass the Lounatkoski rapids which hold some log floating relics. The rapids have a built portage which also provides the opportunity to explore the historical buildings and relics. Accommodation is at the camp site of Jatkonjärvi in tents.
Day 4: Hiking.
Today you have the opportunity to relax your arms and explore the area on foot. Right from the camp site starts a hiking route which leads you around the Jatkonvaara hill. When climbing on its top you can savour the landscape from another perspective. For lunch you can try your luck in catching your own food from the lakes as Hossa is commonly known as Fishermen’s paradise. You will spend another night at Jatkonjärvi camp site.
Day 5: Canoeing.
After the last days in remoteness of Finnish wilderness you return to the civilisation for just this day. On noon you can stop at the Keihälampi launching point from where it is only a short way to the Hossa visitor centre. Here you can enjoy a lunch, visit the exhibition and also stock up your reserves of food and water. After passing the village of Hossa you follow the Hossanjoki River down to tonight’s shelter at the Kuikankoski rapids.
Day 6: Canoeing.
On this day you return back to the untouched nature as the route winds along the river of Hossajoki. Here you will find total peace and silence only interrupted by the sound of wood grouse and thrush. You might also spot reindeer in the forests as they are a common sight in Hossa. Accommodation will be at the shore of the Tormuanjärvi Lake in a shelter or tents.
Day 7: Canoeing.
The route today leads you once more through unspoilt wilderness before entering the waters of Lake Kylmäjärvi. Here you will land at the harbour of the village of Juntusranta. Here your transfer will wait to bring you back to the Hossa visitor centre, where you will spend another night at the Karhunkainalo camp site.
Day 8: Departure.
After breakfast it is time to pack up your belongings to return home. However you are welcome to spend another couple of days in Hossa, exploring the excellent hiking facilities.
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