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Lakes & Forests Grand Tour by E-Bike
Finland is often called “The Land of Thousand Lakes”. Take this epic Lakeland bike tour and see for yourself what it’s all about. Ride through the gently undulating country, green forests and lakes. Hazy summer afternoons on quiet gravel roads. In the evening, enjoy local hospitality in a small B&B, then relax in the sauna and jump in a cool lake. Days are long and it never gets really dark.The last ice age created these wonderful landscapes for us to enjoy. Our route will show you the best spots of legendary Lakeland.
Lakes and Forests Grand Tour by E-Bike
- Start/end: Helsinki, Happy eBikers office
- Duration 12 days, 11 nights
- Highlights: Porvoo Old Town, Loviisa & coastal Baltic Sea, Ruotsinpyhtää old ironworks, Repovesi National Park, remote forest roads, Lake Saimaa, sauna & swimming, Puumala – “summer cottage capital”, Savonlinna town, boat trips, Punkaharju Isthmus, Russian border regions, etc.
- Self-guided (GPS)
- Difficulty: Moderate, some cycling experience is required. A lot of gravel roads and hills.
- June-September, Mon-Sun, time 09:00 morning
- Price 1450 eur/person, sharing a room. Single room is 30 eur/night extra.
- High quality e-bike, GPS, bike bags, other bike equipment
- Pre-planned route
- Points of Interest (POI’s)
- Train tickets from Parikkala to Helsinki
- Accommodations: Bed & Breakfast style
- Phone support
- Technical support level: C (see “Info”)
- Meals or drinks (breakfast is included)
- Tickets to museums, cruises or such
- Flight tickets
- Baggage transfers
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Day 1 (45 km)
We kindly ask you to arrive at our office at 9:00 in the morning, so we can prepare your e-bikes and other equipment. You will pack your luggage in waterproof bike bags and leave extra stuff with us. When everything is set, you will start the tour and head for the Viikki nature sanctuary and arboretum. Before you enter the protected area, have lunch by the Vanhakaupunki rapids. This is where Helsinki was founded in year 1550. Viikki is an important bird watching site and home to more than 300 species of shrubs and trees. Climb a bird watching tower and take some pictures! After Viikki the trail follows Eastern Helsinki shoreline, often just meters from the sea. Stop for a coffee in old Puotila mansion. In the afternoon you will arrive in Sipoo River delta. There’s a kayak rental service here. Overnight in Söderkulla area.
Day 2 (45 km)
In the morning you will cycle north along Sipoo River. If it’s a warm day, you may want to stop by Lake Pilvijärvi. There is a delifghtful small beach and swimming is possible. In Sipoo town be sure to visit cafe Kaksi Verantaa for the special atmosphere and delicious pastry. Also some good lunch restaurants near town center. Journey continues through countryside towns towards Porvoo. Just before Porvoo the trail takes you to a small harbour by the Baltic Sea. It’s nice to have an icecream and watch the boats come and go. Ride along Porvoo river and arrive right at the center of town. You will have plenty of time to walk around old town, which is one the National Landscapes of Finland. Overnight in Porvoo area.
Day 3 (60 km)
Morning starts with nice cycling along the beautiful Porvoo River valley. Just before Koskenkylä, have lunch in a big ABC gas station. Still riding near the coast, you will cycle past Suur-Sarvilahti mansion to Loviisa, a bustling summer town next to Baltic sea. Check out the Laivasilta area by the harbour for food, drink and people. Overnight in Loviisa area.
Day 4 (60 km)
The old ironworks in Ruotsinpyhtää has developed into a lively area with cafes and artisan shops. Well worth visiting. Get something to eat as well, there are no services in the countryside for the rest of the day. Then, head north towards Kouvola. South of Kouvola, along the river Kymijoki, there are many industrialization era towns. They were all built along the river to process wood and pulp. Your route, however, takes you towards Mikkelä Bed & Breakfast just south of Kouvola. It’s a very cosy, farm-like place. Overnight south of Kouvola.
Day 5 (60 km)
In the morning you will cycle along Kouvola’s outskirts. The route takes you very close to River Kymijoki and some big paper mills. Prosperity and employment in Kouvola town has always been very closely linked to these mills. After 20 km all services cease and you’ll ride into the quiet countryside again. Another 20 km and you arrive in Verla, an old cardboard factory and a Unesco Heritage Site. Wander around and check out the small shops and museum. Also a café and pizza bar here. Continue to small Vuohijärvi village. There’s a small grocery shop here, and a bar/café/pizza place. (TIP: A very Finnish thing would be to buy sausages and grill them on open fire in Repovesi park the next day. Wood and sites for grilling are provided. You need matches and sausages.) If you have energy, take a look into the new Nature House. It hosts exhibitions and happenings. Overnight in Repovesi Park area.
Day 6 (65 km)
Now it’s time for Repovesi National Park. Take some snacks and water and go easy on the battery! The trail twists between small lakes and steep forested hills. You might hear the typical call of the red-throated diver. Keep an eye on the old woods; there is a healthy flying squirrel population here. A quiet gravel road takes you up to Mouhu, from where it’s about 3 km to a nice summer café called Linkkumylly. If you’re running low on power, top up the battery here. Continue to Mäntyharju. Art center Salmela has interesting exhibitions. As for architecture, the wooden church is the second largest in Finland. Local Nilkko Brewery has very interesting, award winning beers. Overnight in Mäntyharju.
Day 7 (65 km)
First you will cycle to Ristiina. The road is named “Culture Road of Green Gold”. Ristiina is surrounded by water on three sides. Small boat harbour is busy in summer time and the nearby walking bridge takes you to a swimming beach. The hills in Linnanniemi offer good views over the Lake Yövesi. Gränna summer café is enchanting and the buns are delicious. After lunch head east. Anttola village is situated on an isthmus with lakes on east and west sides. “Poiju” restaurant has nice views over the water. Overnight in Anttola area.
Day 8 (50 km)
Buy some cinnamon buns from the local bakery and head east. At 30 km is a perfect resting point: the legendary Pistohiekka area has beautiful beaches, a dancehall and a summer café, where you can buy some basic food. Continue to Puumala town. This area is a real hot spot for summer vacationers. You can choose from swimming, sauna, SUP and canoes, etc. Ask for specifics from the town center tourist info. Most of the action is by the bridge and harbour. Be sure to visit the Saimaa Lounge roof top terrace. It’s a great place to watch the boats pass by. Overnight in Puumala area.
NOTE: You can include in this day the Puumala Archipelago Route and bike ferry. Strongly recommended!
Day 9 (50 km)
Now you will cycle to Sulkava through islands Viljakansaari and Partalansaari. There are some bridges and a ferry on the way. Not many facilities here, so bring snacks. Irina’s village store might be open. By contrast, Sulkava itself is a lively place. Walk around the old wooden houses in Uitonrinne. The neighbourhood also has a harbour and a rowing stadium, as Sulkava hosts every July the world’s largest rowing competition called Sulkavan Suursoudut. Overnight in Sulkava area.
Day 10 (45 km)
Cycle along very small roads to Savonlinna. At Pihlajanlahti (15km) there might be a kiosk open. Savonlinna is built on islands so you won’t be far from water anywhere here. Head straight for the famous market place in town centre, by the harbour. It’s easy to get into summer vibes here. Taste smoked vendace (“muikku”), “lörtsy” and “möttönen”, just to name a few local delicacies. Local craft beers can be sampled in restaurant Panimoravintola Huvila. Top attraction is probably castle Olavinlinna from the 15th century. Every July it hosts an international opera festival, “Savonlinnan Oopperajuhlat”. Spa-hotel Casino rents SUP-boards, canoes, kayaks, electric outboard motors and rowing boats. Overnight in Savonlinna area.
Day 11 (50 km)
Cycling east, you’ll arrive in Kerimäki village. Check out the size of the wooden church, it’s the world’s largest. Some cafes and restaurants here so good opportunity for lunch. The view from the pier to the lake is magnificent. Continue through peaceful countryside to the legendary Punkaharju Isthmus. It’s a protected nature habitat with beautiful beaches, islands and some of the tallest trees in Finland. Stroll by the lakeshore, warm up the sauna and have a drink in the restaurant. Enjoy!
Day 12 (65 km)
Continue cycling on the isthmus for a bit, admire the views, then head on gravel roads towards the Russian border. Stop for refreshments in Röksä village store, oldest in Finland. The road takes you within 1km of the border, then you turn towards Parikkala. A few km’s before town there is a bird watching platform: Siikajärvi lake is the best wetland habitat for birds in Finland. Spot some bitterns, then head for the train station and catch the afternoon train to Helsinki. What a tour!
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Haagan pappilantie 3 B13
00320, Helsinki, Finland
Phone: +358 40 1937 100
Open: 8:00 – 20:00
Photos: Timo Leppäharju & Happy eBikers © Happy eBikers 2017.