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Canoe Country of the North You thought never existed

If you are not a much travelled and experienced kayaker or canoeist, choosing the right destination for your next vacation can be a tricky thing to do. Perhaps you have visited a few web sites, gathered information from well-known and reliable tour operators’ catalogues or just asked a friend for advice. Nowadays, with the boom in canoeing and kayaking, paddling trips are arranged to practically every corner of the world. As you start to plan your vacation, first ask yourself what kind of experiences you are looking for. Finland, like the rest of Scandinavia, some northern states of the USA and Canada is a genuine northern destination with boreal climate and northern nature. If you choose to travel north, Finnish Lakeland has a few advantages we would like you to consider:

  • With its 4000 square kilometres of waterways the Finnish Saimaa Lakeland is one of the largest chains of inland lakes in Europe Its endless inland archipelagos makes Saimaa the ultimate vacation destination for adventures on waves and waterways. You’ll find out that the potential for routes is really limitless.
  • In Lakeland we don’t like to mix hiking with paddling. The majority of lakes are directly connected by water passages and the best lake routes can be paddled completely without the rigours of portaging. The sheltered bays and islands of a big lake like Saimaa offer a unique alternative to a traditional lake and river routes. Light gear is not crucial because you don’t have to transport it by land.
  • Compared with many river routes lakes offer most stable paddling conditions from early spring to late fall. Fluctuations of water level, dams or other obstacles don’t bother the lake traveller. The difference between Finland and Sweden is dramatic!
  • Freedom to choose your equipment. Whether you enjoy canoe or kayak, we have the appropriate route for you.
  • Unique Lakeland nature. Large protected areas of Lake Saimaa are home to the most endangered seal species in the world, the Saimaa ringed seal. They can be seen in the waters of Kolovesi and Linnansaari National Parks.
  • Right of Public Access gives everyone the chance to enjoy outdoor pursuits and the freedom of the country’s vast forest and waterways with very few restrictions. This also means that quota permits, official entry points and dates, user fees and group size limits are truly unknown even in Finnish protected areas.
  • Closer than Canada, less crowded than Sweden. If you are looking for a total northern wilderness experience, in a remote roadless region with no permanent settlement perhaps you have to fly to Canada or Alaska. In that case you have got to face the fact, that all wilderness areas are not ‘friendly’ and they sometimes pose insurmountable obstacles to the uninformed and novice visitor. If you are not ready for that and choose a popular destination like Sweden with congested routes and mart-like canoeing centres you’ll soon find out that all the necessary ingredients of a genuine wilderness feeling are missing. Finnish Lakeland is a place where you can leave the crowds in a friendly way.
  • The Finnish soul. Like an old-fashioned Sauna: A bit rough on the outside – inside heart of gold. Find out for yourself !
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