During this selfguided paddling trip you will experience the wilderness of the beautiful Lake Saimaa. This trip allows you to explore both inner and outer nature as body and spirit are refreshed.
Kolovesi is the perfect place to experience true silence since no motor boats are allowed in the park. Inhale fresh air and enjoy the clean, drinkable lake water. At Ukonvuori hill in the middle of the park you can feel ancient vibes from the people that lived, hunted and fished in Kolovesi thousands of years ago. The rock painting reveals, that this place was important also for the Stone Age people.
The excursion starts from Oravi village where you collect the paddling gear, maps and route instructions. We will transport you and the equipment by car to Kirkkoranta in Kolovesi National Park where you will start the trip. Car transport from Oravi starts at 11.30 and you ready to start your paddling tour from Kolovesi at 12.30.
The paddling route goes through the rugged National Park of Kolovesi and the archipelago of Joutenvesi. The lake is clean, full of fish and if you are lucky you may spot one of the seals living in the area. More information about the Oravi - Kolovesi paddling route you can find from here.
The paddling route is 40-50 km long.
1st day meeting at the Oravi canoe center latest at 11.00. Car transport starts at 11.30 and the tour can start at 12.30.
1st night: at Kolovesi on one of the marked camp sites (in the national park area camping is allowed only on marked camp sites). Use camping cooker or fire places provided on the camp sites.
2nd night: at Joutenvesi on one of the islands. Camping with everyman's law so open fire is not allowed. Use camping cooker for cooking.
3rd day you will arrive to Oravi, where you can enjoy a relaxing sauna bath in the harbour sauna and a nourishing wild food meal in restaurant Ruukinranta.
The price includes: kayak for 2 persons, life jackets, dry bags or barrel, waterproof paddling map, route planning, transport to Kolovesi and sauna in Oravi after the trip.
Extra services: tent, sleeping bag + mattress, Trangia camping cooker, compass, fishing license, sauna yoga instructor.
Paddling guide lesson before the tour: paddling technique, rescue or navigation 50€/ hour.
Pick up from Savonlinna to Oravi: 15€/ person/ one way. Please check the timetable from here!
In Oravi village you can stay overnight in Oravi Apartments. Add your accommodation into the basket here.
Price: 254€/ 3 days, 2 persons (june-august)