Canoeing

We are here to help you to exprience nature adventure in the North Karelien diverse, pure and beautiful nature by paddling - using canoes or kayaks or SUP-boards. Just arrive to Joensuu (the nearest town) or Ilomantsi (the nearest centre with shops) and we will get you going, and safely back, you having many new memories and relaxed mind to bring home. You can enjoy paddling tour packages lasting from one day until over week in the rivers and lakes in Ilomantsi. Nature around the tours range from Petkeljärvi National Park with pine ridges until Patvinsuo Natural Park with open marchlands. The whole area resides in the North Karelia biosphere reserve. 

The stunning and peaceful surroundings of the river Koitajoki and lake Koitere are great places for both short and long canoeing trips. The distance from Petkeljärvi or Möhkö in south, until the northern section of Koitere, edge of Patvinsuo, the other end of this waterway route, is about 90km by canoe. Koitajoki meanders peacefully around the rare bog-like edges of Kesonsuo. These waters are suitable even for the more inexperienced paddlers. The most eastern Koitajoki and rivers running to Koitere offer you also more challenging paddling routes. In addition, many rivers and lakes are next to hiking routes, thus providing you an option to combine both paddling and hiking to your nature adventure. The longer, more challenging, canoeing routes require several days to complete and allow for the opportunity to stay over in the nice camping sites in nature. 

Combine your holiday travels in North Carelia with a couple of hours or even a full day of canoeing or SUP (Stand Up Paddling), or you can even spend some time in nature by spending a night at the camping sites along the canoeing route. The departure and pick-up points are at the shores of Koitajoki and Koitere or elsewhere when needed. Our transportation service will take you to and from your destinations. You can go canoeing from around mid May to October-November depending on how early spring begins and when the waters freeze in the autumn.

Below you can find information about our paddling packages from a day trip with 13 km to a week long and over 100 km of canoeing. All canoeing/hiking packages can be booked directly through the product page. You are also most welcome to ask for more details and book via email and phone. Step into the world of adventurous canoeing experiences!

Guided tours

Guided paddling tour to experience Koitajoki, 12km

80€/person On this guided canoe trip on the Koitajoki river, you can enjoy nature in a relaxed company. The river is easy...
4-10 persons

Guided paddling tour to experience Koitajoki II, 7km

50 €/person Come and enjoy this short guided tour in Koitajoki. This tour allows you also to try paddling for the first...
4-10 persons

Self-guided tours

Paddling via river Syväysjoki to lake Koitere, 13km

From 98 €/person Push a kayak or canoe into the waters by the foam of Käenkoski, enjoy the quietly meandering Syväysjoki and...

Examine Koitere and Lammassaari by paddling, 15km

From 88 €/person In this day paddling you can examine the hundred-island Koitere by paddling. During the day, you will also...

Day paddling in placid and quiet Koitajoki, 12-28km

From 96 €/person Spend an adventurous day paddling downstream in the nature of the Koitajoki River, near the eastern border.

Paddling adventure next to the eastern borderline, 27km

From 267 €/person Canoe in the middle of the wilderness, right on the eastern border, to the meandering Upper Koitajoki. The...

Exploring the wilderness lake Koitere and its Pearls, 30-40 km

From 147 €/person Enjoy the beautiful lake, it’s mystic islands and tranquility on the sandy beaches by the campfire

Exiting paddling experience via 4 rivers with many rapids in the wilderness, 40+ km

From 253 €/person Designed for experienced paddlers, the two-day kayaking adventure begins with a small creek paddling and...

Weekend getaway to the river paddling, 45km

From 140 €/person Enjoy few days within silent nature and discover the full length of connected river Koitajoki by canoeing. We...

Paddling from Koitajoki to Koitere, 50-76km

From 181 €/person This modest demanding, quiet route offers both river and lake sections as well as North Karelian ridge...

Paddle and hike/bike in the scene of Petkeljärvi National Park, 53 km

From 153€/person Taitaja Taival is the oldest in the region and definitely one of the most beautiful hiking trails in East...

Discover two national parks by canoeing and hiking, 80-100km

From 158 €/person Experience the beautiful and different nature of the two national parks - Petkeljärvi and Patvinsuo - by...

Canoeing escape into the Wilderness, 105km

From 282 €/person Discover yourself from Petkeljärvi National Park via river Koitajoki to lake Koitere through changing nature...