The Finnish Lakeland is the largest lake region in Europe with thousands of blue lakes and small tree-covered islands. This region is a popular holiday destination for tourists and Finnish families, who travel to the region from the cities in the South and the West. The main appeal of the area is the peace and serene natural beauty of the still lakes, abundant wildlife and dense green forests.
If you really want to get away from busy life, annoying noise and agreements, this is the place to go. A good choice is to enjoy your holiday in traditional islander's waterways of Lake Saimaa, the largest lake in Finland and the fourth largest natural freshwater lake in Europe.
Choose from a large variety of waterscapes: coastal waters dotted with thousands of islands, rivers flowing to the sea, or lakes in the Greater Saimaa region. The best coastal areas are the archipelago along the southwest coast, the coast of Uusimaa province, and the Åland Islands. A popular region for canoeing is the lake district; here the lakes are linked in long chains by short channels with strong currents. Together the lakes form a network of routes extending for thousands of kilometers.
Recommended Canoeing tours
Canoe advenTour in wilderness
This self-guided canoeing tour will bring you to the unspoilt waters of the national hiking area of Hossa in East Finland. The tour leads along small rivers winding their way around eskers and through lakes where you can enjoy the typical Finnish landscape of lakes dotted with small islands.
Along the route small rapids, which are suitable even for beginners, offer diversity to the otherwise calm waterways. In the evenings you will be able to enjoy a camp fire before heading to your sleeping bag. This tour is particularly suitable for small groups.
The location for this multiactivity week is Hossa National Hiking area and its’ surroundings. During your stay you will hike, cycle and canoe through the untouched wilderness, enjoy picnic lunches around open fire and bath in traditional saunas. Bear watching option available.