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Cycling Tour in Finnish Forests and Lakes, Finland

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 10 people
Destination(s): Finland  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 600 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 850 Euro (EUR)

This self-guided cycling tour leads cyclists along peaceful, well-maintained roads through forests, cultivated areas and woodland-covered hills of eastern Finland. On the route you will spot plenty of shimmering lakes offering refreshing swimming spots on a hot summer day. After a cycling day you will enjoy light summer nights that will probably make you want to stay awake until the next morning. At the end of the tour there is an option to join an extraordinary bear watching excursion which gives you an opportunity to observe and photograph brown bears safely from small wilderness hides.

Day 1: Arrival.
Arrival at Kajaani airport and transportation to the hotel situated along the river shore a stone’s throw from the town centre. After arrival welcome meeting by a local guide.

Day 2: Day tour in Kajaani, 45–50 km.
On the first cycling day you will cycle amidst country settings along quiet tarmac roads and well-maintained gravel roads in the surroundings of Kajaani. In the village of Paltaniemi you can visit the church famous for its ceiling and wall paintings and enjoy great views to the sea-like Lake Oulujärvi, the 4th biggest lake in Finland. In Kajaani worth visit are the castle ruins from the 17th century situated on the river shore.

Day 3: Kajaani–Vuokatti approx.45 km.
A nice rolling route takes you out of Kajaani and towards the holiday resort of Vuokatti. There is of longish climb on the route and another one if you choose the recommended side trip through the Naapurinvaara hill, but views from the top are surely worth some struggling. Today’s destination Vuokatti is one of the most popular all-year-round holiday resorts in Finland but most crowded during winter, not in summer. For the next two nights you’ll accommodate in a cozy cabin situated in a tranquil spot in the forest next to a hotel Vuokatinhovi.

Day 4: Day tour in Vuokatti, approx. 40 km.
Today you can take it leisurely in Vuokatti or make a day tour on the surrounding countryside. Enjoy the peace of nature and the ease of cycling on tranquil roads. Take a picnic in a picturesque lake-side spot and have a swim on a hot summer day. Don’t forget to climb to the top of Vuokatinvaara hill to admire the vista over the lakes and hills! If you decide to stay in Vuokatti instead of cycling there are some nice walking routes suitable for a day tour as well as an endless list of other activities available.

Day 5: Vuokatti–Kuhmo, approx. 72 km.
The longest day of the tour takes you toward east, first through the municipality center of Sotkamo and then through tiny villages of Sumsa and Katerma. The route offers some more beautiful lake, forest and hill landscapes and rolling roads. If you are cycling after mid-July you can easily have a healthy snack straight from the forest picking up some bilberries which grow everywhere. A bit later also raspberries and lingonberries are ripe to be picked up. In the afternoon you will arrive at the small town of Kuhmo, world-famous for the Chamber Music Festival which is held annually in July. The accommodation for the next two nights will be in the charming Hotel Kalevala, situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Lammasjärvi.

Day 6: Day tour in Kuhmo approx. 40 km.
Today’s cycling takes you to Lentua where you can visit the famous Lentuankoski –rapid and Lentua Nature Information Hut. The hut is also the starting point for a 6,5 km nature trail which introduces visitors to the restoration of forests and mires. If you prefer to skip today’s cycling you have the opportunity to visit eg. Petola, an information center on Finland’s large carnivores – bear, wolf, lynx and wolverine – or Juminkeko, where you can learn more about Finnish national epic Kalevala and Karelian culture which are both still strongly present in Kuhmo.

Day 7: Return. Breakfast and transfer to Kajaani airport.

Option 2:

Day 7: Cycling Kuhmo–Lentiira and bear watching, approx. 40 km.
Today you cycle in the middle of the forests to the tiny village of Lentiira situated near the Finnish eastern border. In Lentiira you will be welcomed by Sabrina who hosts a B&B and runs wildlife watching tours. The wilderness of the border area is inhabited by large carnivores like bears and wolverines and in the evening you set off on an overnight safari to observe and photograph them from small purpose-built log cabins.

Day 8: Return.
Return from the hides in the morning, breakfast and transfer to Kajaani airport.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis (hotels/cabins)
- Breakfast daily
- Sauna on nights 1–6
- Information package including cycling maps
- Route notes and tourist information
- Briefing on first night
- Airport transfers from/to Kajaani airport.
- On 8 day tour the price includes additionally: an overnight bear watching excursion in Lentiira, picnic lunch and dinner on day 7, breakfast on day 8, a twin room at B&B, bicycle hire for the additional day

Price Excludes:
- Bicycle hire
- Luggage transfers
- Packed lunches
- Dinners
- A room for single use.