With a guide

All our guides have paddling and first aid certificates and have years of experience on these waters. With a guide you can relax and enjoy the landscape because the guide navigates, lights the camping fire, cooks all the meals etc. The guides also have stories to tell about wildlife and local lifestyle.

Most trips need at least 4 participants and we gather groups on request.  Sign up for our next departure online, in our sales office or follow announcements in our journal and event calendar.

Introduction to kayaking

    This introduction course will introduce paddlers to proper technique and safety skills required to enjoy kayak touring. We also make a short paddling trip on sheltered waters in Oravi.

    Duration: ca 2,5 h
    Degree of difficulty: No former paddling experience is required.
    Guidance: 4-12 persons / 1 guide
    Starting and returning point: Oravi
    Group size: Max 12 persons.
    Availability: On request May-September.
    Equipment: The price includes kayak equipment,  gloves and shoes. The participants take care of their other personal belongings. The guide takes care of the first aid kit.
    Price: 50 €/ person ( min. 200€/group) including the necessary canoeing equipment and guidance.
    Service languages: Finnish, English and Swedish

    Giant canoe excursion
    A different canoeing trip using giant, safe, 7-meter-long voyager canoes in the rugged landscapes of the Linnansaari or Kolovesi National Parks or on the waters of the historic Castle Olavinlinna. This trip is ideal for companies or other groups that want to enjoy the unique lake nature and the team spirit. Before starting the trip an experienced guide gives the participants safety education and teaches the basics of paddling technique. During the trip we'll enjoy a wilderness snack.
    Duration of the tour: 1,5-3 hours.
    Degree of difficulty: No former canoeing experience required.
    Starting and returning point: Oravi, Järvisydän, Kolovesi or Savonlinna.
    Route: The canoeing route and possible landings can be planned together according to the wishes and time limits of the group.
    Group size: 4-30 persons.
    Availability: May-October, to be booked beforehand.
    Price: 39-49 €/person, minimium 312 € (from Savonlinna and Kolovesi +135€).
    The price includes: Canoeing equipment, guidance, rainwear, a snack and drinks.
    Extra services: In program can be compined for example meal.
    Service languages: Finnish, English and Swedish.

    Day trip in Kolovesi National Park
    Kolovesi National Park is characterized by wilderness-like landscapes, narrow bays and sounds as well as labyrinthine islands. During the trip we have packed lunch and get acquainted with the famous rock-paintings . On the hottest days we can dive into the refreshing waves of Lake Saimaa.
    Duration: 5-6 h in Kolovesi + 2 h transportation.
    Degree of difficulty: No former paddling experience is required
    Starting and returning point: Oravi or Kolovesi.
    Group size:  2-12 persons.
    Availability: June-August,to be booked beforehand.
    Price: 92 €/person (min 4 persons)  
    The Price includes: kayak equipment, gloves and shoes. Packed lunch. The participants take care of their other personal belongings. The guide takes care of the first aid kit.
    Service languages: Finnish and English.
    Note: we can also make the trip with giant canoes (group size 6-27 persons), please ask for an offer.

    Day trip in Linnansaari National Park

    The paddling trip to Linnansaari National Park starts in Oravi harbour. First we learn the proper paddling technique and safety skills. Then we paddle slowly and admire the landscapes having breaks now and then. During the trip we have lunch by the camp fire. On hot days there is a possibility to swim in lake Saimaa.
    Duration: ca 5 h
    Degree of difficulty: Former paddling experience is recommended, but not required.
    Guidance: 2-7 persons / 1 guide, 8-12 persons / 2 guides (or depending on the skills of the group)
    Starting and returning point: Oravi
    Availability: June - August. Booked in advance.
    Equipment: The price includes kayak equipment, gloves and shoes. The participants take care of their other personal belongings. The guide takes care of the first aid kit.
    Price: 60 €/ person (min 4 persons, min. 360€) including the necessary canoeing equipment, guidance and lunch.
    Service languages: Finnish, English and Swedish.

    A summer night in Linnansaari National Park

    Guests favourite!

    A full-service paddling trip for the whole family in Linnansaari National Park. Our local guides have many years of guidance and paddling experience from this area. In addition to nature experiences the participants have the culinary possibility to try local fish and game delicacies.

    Excursion starts from Oravi village where we gear up and get to know each other. Paddling trip starts and we'll head directly to the blue waters of Linnansaari National Park. Our paddling route will go trough the island labyrint ending to Linnansaari main island where we stay overnight. Accommodation in Eco hostel in traditional log gottages. After a day outdoors we'll enjoy a dinner prepared by the guide, have sauna and mayby a little walk around the nature paths and museum croft area. After a well slept night in a cosy hut and breakfast we'll head deeper into the national park waters. These waters are especially good for spotting the worlds endangered seal "the Saimaa ringed seal" as well as the majestic Osspray. With a bit of a good luck we'll spot both!

    After the paddling and wilderness lunch well return to Oravi where we end the excursion.

    • Duration of the tour: 2 days, 1 night.
    • Degree of difficulty: No former canoeing experience required, basic physical condition is enough. Suitable for families with children as well.
    • Starting and returning point: Oravi
    • Accommodation site: Sammakkoniemi camping site, Eco hostel with traditional log gottages. Each hut sleeps 4 people.
    • Daily program / route description: Paddling route goes past the islands through the labyrinths of Linnansaari National Park. Routes are planned as the safest at the time, weather conditions taken into consideration. Previous paddling experience is not required.
    • Equipment: All the equipment are included into the price, gloves, shoes and sleeping bags. Guide takes care of First Aid kit and camping equipment. Participants take care of other personal belongings and clothes. Pack at least: few sets of spare clothes, towel, hat/ sunglasses, rain gear, drinking bottle and personal hygiene products.
    • Available:  on request (June-August).
    • Price: 208€/ person, children under 12yo. 104€
    • Price includes: kayak, life jacket, dry bags, shoes/ gloves, sleeping bag, guidance, accommodation in eco hut, sauna, meals (dinner, breakfast, lunch), drinking water.
    • Service languages: Finnish, English. Swedish
    Kolovesi tour
    Welcome to experience the quiet lake wilderness of Kolovesi National Park with our qualified guides. On our tour we paddle through the whole area of the National Park into the world of Saimaa ringed seals. Accommodation in a real logging cabin. The experience will be crowned by traditional sauna and dinner in the spirit of ancient logging workers.
    Duration: 3 days, 2 nights.
    Degree of difficulty: No former paddling experience  required
    Starting and returning point: Oravi or Kolovesi.
    Group size: 6-12 persons.
    Availability: May-August, to be booked beforehand.
    Equipmen: The price includes kayak equipment,  gloves and shoes, sleeping bags, guidance, accommodation and food.  Alternatively we use  giant canoes
    The participants take care of their other personal belongings. The guide takes care of the camping equipment and first aid kit.
    Price: 420 €/person
    Kayak adventure from Kolovesi to Oravi

    Guests favourite! 

    A full-service, guided kayaking adventure in Kolovesi National Park and in the island labyrinth of the wilderness-like lake Joutenvesi. The local guides are trained and they have many years’ guidance and canoeing experience on this area as well as good command of languages. In addition to nature experiences the participants have the culinary possibility to try local fish and game delicacies.

    Excursion starts from the Oravi village where we gear up and get to know each other. Transport from Oravi to Kolovesi with minibus. The Paddling trip starts and right away we are in the Kolovesi National Park between huge cliffs and untouched wilderness. Our paddling route goes towards the northern parts of the national park where we stay overnight. Accommodation in tents. After a day outdoors, we'll enjoy a dinner prepared by the guide and maybe a little walk or swim. After a well slept night and breakfast we'll head deeper into the wilderness and towards Joutenvesi. During the day we'll enjoy a wilderness lunch on one of the islands, try to spot Saimaa seals, enjoy the beautiful scenery and easy kayaking. In the evening we'll land on one of the island for overnight, have dinner and enjoy the nature by picking berries, swimming or just enjoying the light summer nights. On third day we have breakfast and paddle towards Oravi where we finish the trip.

    • Duration of the tour: 3 days, 2 nights.
    • Degree of difficulty: Earlier paddling experience is recommended, but not necessary.
    • Group size: 2-5 persons/1 guide, 6-12 persons/2 guides.
    • Starting and returning point: Oravi
    • Route: The route flows in Kolovesi National Park, where motor boating is prohibited, as well as in the labyrinthine archipelago of wilderness-like lake Joutenvesi. The daily paddling sections are determined by existing weather conditions along the safest route. Terrain accommodation in two-person tents.
    • Equipment: The price includes kayak equipment, gloves and shoes, sleeping bags + pads and tents. The participants take care of their other personal belongings. Pack at least: few sets of spare clothes, towel, hat/ sunglasses, rain gear, drinking bottle and personal hygiene products. The guide takes care of the camping equipment and first aid kit.
    • Available: we go on request (June-August).
    • Price: 430 €/ person (min 4 persons/ group)
    • Price includes: kayak, life jacket, dry bags, shoes/ gloves, sleeping bag +pad, tents, guidance, meals (dinners, breakfasts, lunches + snacks), drinking water.
    Paddling experience in Linnansaari National Park
    Easy and comfortable canoe tour in the magnificent archipelago of Linnansaari National Park, the home waters of Saimaa Ringed seal..  The tour includes an introduction to canoeing/kayaking, accommodation in interesting places, breakfast , canoeing equipment and last but not least – traditional Finnish sauna every night.

    ITINERARY

    Day 1.  Arrival to the idyllic village Oravi. Introduction to kayaking/canoeingand a short guided paddling trip (ca 2 hours). Accommodation in the apartment hotel. There is a kitchen in the apartment and a restaurant next to the hotel.
    Day 2.  Breakfast in restaurant Ruukinranta.  Outfitting and hit the lake. Today you will paddle an easy routre from Oravi to Linnansaari island (ca 5 km).  Accommodation in a hut in Linnansaari Eco hostel. Traditional wood heated sauna by the lake. Make your own outdoordinner by the camp fire.
    Day 3.  Breakfast in Linnansaari cafeteria.  Today you will paddle from Linnansaari to Porosalmi through the most beautiful parts of the national park (15-20 km). In Porosalmi you will sleep ion tree tents (Tentsile) in Porokylä reindeer village.  There is a service building with toilet, shower and sauna next to the camping spot. You will also have a chance to get close to the reindeer and feed them.  There is a restaurant and spa on short walking distance (500 m) from Porokylä reindeer village.  
    Day 4. Large buffet breakfast in restaurant Piikatyttö, at 11.00 you will take the speed boat back to Oravi.

    The tour is suitable for everyone with normal condition, previous paddling experience is recommended but not necessary because on the first day of the tour a professional guide will teach you basic paddling technique, orientation and safety issues.  During the tour you can cook dinner by yourself or eat in the restaurants in Oravi and Järvisydän. The package includes cooking equipment. There is a shop in Oravi where you can buy food for your trip.

    Price: 380 e/person in double kayak or 360 e/person in Canadian canoe. The price includes accommodation 3 nights with breakfast, sauna in Oravi, Linnansaari and Porokylä, basic paddling guidance (ca 2 hours) the first day, canoe/kayak rent with life vests, spray decks, dry bags, paddles, map and compass, camping cooker, plates and cutlery, transportation by speed boat from Järvisydän to Oravi.

    Extras:
    Pick up by car from Savonlinna to Oravi 15 e/person
    Spa entrance fee in Järvisydän  29,90 e/person
    Outdoor meal package in Linnansaari (lunch and dinner) 29 e/person


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