Extended Weekend Kayaking in Kolovesi National Park, Lake Saimaa


Country/region visited: Finland, Kolovesi National Park, Northern Lake Saimaa. The area visited is famous for its natural beauty, wilderness, and excellent lake kayaking opportunities. Indeed, kayaking or canoeing are practically the only ways to explore this fascinating national park. It is a 400 km’s drive from Helsinki, but definitely worth it!

Start/end: Helsinki (City Centre or Helsinki International Airport)

Duration: 3 days/three nights (Thursday evening to Sunday evening)

What is included?

  • All transport from and to Helsinki
  • Accommodation in mid-range hotel or cabin (sharing twin or double, single at extra cost of 165 EUR)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day
  • Equipment used in activities

Itinerary in short:

Day 1 (Thursday): Helsinki – Savonlinna, travel by minibus

Day 2 (Friday): All day kayaking, Kolovesi National Park, Lake Saimaa

Day 3 (Saturday): All day kayaking, Kolovesi National Park, Lake Saimaa

Day 4 (Sunday): Savonlinna – Helsinki, travel by private minibus

Suitability: This trip is mainly focusing on kayaking in the wilderness national park of Kolovesi, Lake Saimaa. At least some previous kayaking experience is required, but all kayaks and the gear are provided by Adverento Travel. One night is spent in a tent, tentsile, or hammock. This trip is also highly recommended for kayaking clubs with serious paddlers. The length and duration of the kayaking trips on Friday and Saturday are subject to weather conditions, but in any case, will be longer than eight hours and 25 km each day.