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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.

Holiday Resort Harjun Portti
Holiday Resort Harjun Portti

Holiday Resort Harjun Portti is located in beautiful Tuunaansaari, Punkaharju, just 25 km to Savonlinna. We offer accommodation-, restaurant and program services. Our well equipped and recently renovated cottages and villas provide a comfy stay on an excellent location! All the services are within very short walking distance: Restaurants, shop, equipment rental, activities for every occasion and numerous cultural attractions such as , Art Manor Johanna Oras and childrens waterpark Kesämaa.

An easy access: The train stop of Retretti is 100m from our reception and we are just by the highway 14!

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Kayaking trip to Punkaharju Ridgearea
Kayaking trip to Punkaharju Ridgearea

Prices from:
30€
/ Daytime
An easy trip to ridge area, from 2-3 hours to a whole day lasting. Starts from our shore, ridge area starts from the opposite bank. In 20-30 minutes of paddling you are on your kayak on the little bays of the ridge area.
The ridge is app. 7 km long, so you can adjust your trip just by turning back when you feel to. On the other hand, you can also go around the whole ridge area and Laukansaari on a whole day trip, when you get a great view from all of Punkaharju. Self tour

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SUP Outdoor basics course
SUP Outdoor basics course

Prices from:
39€
/ Person
Stand Up Paddling Outdoor course will give you the basic knowledge for the Stand Up Paddling - safety instructions, a paddling techniques.

For the lesson you will need outdoor clothes, which are suitable for the weather, some try clothes to change after the paddling trip, towel and during the sunny days sun classes or a cap.

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SaimaaHoliday Oravi
SaimaaHoliday Oravi

SaimaaHoliday provides high quality accommodation and nature activities around the year on Lake Saimaa.

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Day trip to the rock paintings of Kolovesi National park
Day trip to the rock paintings of Kolovesi National park

Prices from:
100€
/ Person
Canoe trip from Kirkkoranta canoe launch to Ukonvuori hill is about 2 km long. In Ukonvuori we visit the rock paintings and after hike to the top pf this famous hill. Duration: 4-5 hours.

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Canoes, kayaks and SUP-boards
Canoes, kayaks and SUP-boards

Prices from:
16€
/ Hour
Enjoy the beautiful Lake Puruvesi, Saimaa. Easy access to the lake and cosy bay make your trip confortable. Great day trips to island nearby called Pantii (2,5km) or Riviera of Punkaharju called Petri (6km). We offer also instruction.

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SUP Outdoor Basics
SUP Outdoor Basics

Prices from:
39€
/ Person
Stand Up Paddling Outdoor course will give you the basic knowledge for the Stand Up Paddling - safety instructions, a paddling techniques.

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Saimaacharter Ltd - Casino
Saimaacharter Ltd - Casino

Saimaacharter rent equipment at the Spahotel Casino we offer canoes, kayaks, sup- boards, rowing boat, outboard motor etc. We also organize canoeing/sup-paddling excursion, sup-paddle course and boatsafari. Take a part in excursion or course you get equipment rental -20%.


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National park canoe safari Kolovesi
National park canoe safari Kolovesi

Prices from:
60€
/ Person
Kolovesi is one of the best lake canoeing destinations in Finland, “the hidden treasure”, highly valued by Lonely Planet. Best season is in may-june when a Saimaa ringed seal can be spotted. Best time for canoeing is june- july when there are not too many paddlers in Kolovesi. We use indian canoes

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Equipment rental in Linnansaari National Park
Equipment 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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Self Guided Paddling Excursion in Kolovesi and Linnansaari National Parks
Self Guided Paddling Excursion in Kolovesi and Linnansaari National Parks

Prices from:
16€
/ Person
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 tours
Guided paddling tours

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 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: 39 €/ person ( min. 230€) including the necessary canoeing equipment and guidance.
Service languages: Finnish, English and Swedish

A summer night in Linnansaari National Park

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.
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.
Guidance: 4-7 persons / 1 guide, 8-12 persons / 2 guides.
Starting and returning point: Oravi
Accommodation site: Sammakkonieme camping site, log sheds.

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.

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Naaranlahti - Boat rental
Naaranlahti - Boat rental

Prices from:
37€
We have equipment for fishing, skiing, skating, cycling and canoeing. Beautiful lake scenery and a fantastic countryside give you a relaxing and unforgettable memories.

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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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