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A grand destination for watersports

The national parks and protected nature reserves of Lake Saimaa make tranquil, wild and watery destinations for experienced and novice paddlers alike. They also are home to one of the world’s most endangered sea mammals, the Saimaa Ringed Seal. Travel along the fjords of Kolovesi National Park either in a kayak or canoe.  Leave all the urban trappings behind and head for the Linnansaari National Park with excellent opportunities for kayaking and camping on small islands. Let your spirit guide you through the water world of Veskansa Routes. Stay in a cabin or camp in peaceful surrounding.

Guided tours

You can go kayaking or canoeing by yourself or take a guide with you. The guide will tell stories about the region and teach you the basics of paddling. Be sure not to forget your camera, because the lake scenes will offer plenty of targets to shoot.

Canoe- and boat rental in Linnansaari National Park
Canoe- and boat rental in Linnansaari National Park

SaimaaHoliday offers the largest variety of rental equipment in Saimaa lake region.
Kayaks, canadian canoes, row boats, motor boats, fishing equipment and camping equipment etc. for rent in Oravi and Järvisydän (Rantasalmi).

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Kayak Adventure from Kolovesi to Oravi
Kayak Adventure from Kolovesi to Oravi

A full-service, guided canoeing 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.

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Paddling tours in Tuunaansaari
Paddling tours in Tuunaansaari

Guided paddling tours in the beautiful scenery of Tuunaansaari and Punkaharju ridge-area. Tourism centre Harjun Portti organizes guided tours, which are suitable for experienced and non-experienced paddlers. In these tours we will get to know the beautiful ridge area and its numerous bays with top class kayaks.

Kayaks are also available just for renting. If necessary, we will plan your paddling route for you!

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Self Guided Paddling Excursion in Kolovesi and Linnansaari National Parks
Self Guided Paddling Excursion in Kolovesi and Linnansaari National Parks

Oravi Outdoor Center rents single kayaks, double kayaks , canadian canoes and a large variety of camping and paddling equipment. The canoe hire includes maps and route planning. There is a grocery shop in Oravi that sell camping meals etc.

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Guided paddling
Guided paddling

Prices from:
115€
/ Hour
Tanhuvaara Sports Institute organizes guided paddling lessons for kayaks and canoes for group in order in Lake Suurjärvi.

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Harjun Portti Equipment rental
Harjun Portti Equipment rental

Prices from:
10€
/ Daytime
Situated in Tuunaansaari Punkaharju, just next to Retretti-train stop, we are specialized in kayak- and boat rental.

Top quality kayaks, rowing boats and motor boats, bicycles for every use - this is just a part of our selection.

From Tuunaansaari Punkaharju, you will find magnificant landscapes for outdoor activities. The hiking trails to ridge area and into the beautiful tree arboretum starts just few hundred meters away from Harjun Portti.
And lake Saimaa: Tuunaansaari and its surroundings offer a unigue landscape for a rowing or paddling trip.

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Canoeing on Lake Puruvesi
Canoeing on Lake Puruvesi

See behind the peninsulas and bays by paddling and enjoy the nature. When it´s time to rest, land to the island and take your time with lunch in a beautiful landscape.

Length of the trip is from two hours to two days, based on your wishes.

We rent equipments.

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Linnansaari National Park
Linnansaari National Park

Linnansaari National Park (island) in the middle of Lake Haukivesi, a part of greater Saimaa lake complex, represents Finnish lakeland at its best. With its hundreds of islands and broad open waters it is a paradise for boaters. The National Park offers possibilities for day trips, as well as for several days camping and boating holidays.

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Oravi Lake Center
Oravi Lake Center

In Oravi, Linnansaari camping site and holiday village Järvisydän (Rantasalmi) you can rent all the paddling equipment you need. The rental includes: paddle, maps, route planning, life jacket, dry bag and spray deck for kayak. For beginners we arrange basic training in Oravi. In the village shop you can buy food, gas etc. that you need for your paddling adventure.


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Kolovesi National Park
Kolovesi National Park

Kolovesi is a part of greater Saimaa lake complex, which forms the largest lake in Finland. Kolovesi National Park was established to protect the natural features of Lake Saimaa archipelago in their natural state, the habitat of the Saimaa Ringed Seal and the forest ecosystems characteristic to Southern Finland.

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