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Lakes & Forests Grand Tour by eBike
Finland is often called “The Land of Thousand Lakes”. Take this bike tour and see for yourself what it’s all about. Ride through the gently undulating country, green forests and lakes. The last ice age created this natural wonder for us to enjoy. Our route will show you the best spots of legendary Lakeland.
Lakes and Forests Grand Tour by eBike
- Start/end: Helsinki, our shop.
- Duration 14 days, 13 nights
- Highlights: Lake Saimaa, Sauna & swimming, Repovesi & Linnansaari national parks, Puumala – “summer cottage capital”, Savonlinna, remote forest roads
- Self-guided (GPS)
- Difficulty: Moderate, some cycling experience is required
- May-September, Mon-Sun, time 09:00 morning
- Price 1900 eur/person
- eBike, GPS, bike bags, other bike equipment
- Pre-planned route
- Points of Interest (POI’s)
- Train tickets from Kuopio to Helsinki
- Accommodations: Bed & Breakfast style
- 24/7 phone support
- Support level: C (see “Info”)
- Meals or drinks
- Tickets to museums, cruises or such
- Flight tickets
- Baggage transfers
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Day 1 (65 km)
We kindly ask you to arrive at our office at 8:30 in the morning, so we can prepare your ebikes and other equipment. When everything is set, you will start the tour and head for the Viikki nature sanctuary and arboretum. This is an important bird watching site and home to more than 300 species of shrubs and trees. After Viikki the trail leads deep into green forests in the Sipoonkorpi National Park. Have lunch in Sipoo town. Café Kaksi Verantaa has nice atmosphere and delicious baked goodies. Finish the day in the Porvoo national landscape. Overnight in Porvoo area.
Day 2 (60km)
Morning starts with nice cycling along the beautiful Porvoo River valley. Head east towards Malmgård mansion and craft brewery. The café offers snacks and you can sample the ales in the pub. Still keeping to 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 harbor for food, drink and people. Overnight in Ruotsinpyhtää area.
Day 3 (50 km)
The old ironworks in Ruotsinpyhtää has developed into a lively area with cafes and artisan shops. Well worth visiting. Then head north towards Myllykoski and other industrialization era towns. They were all built along the Kymijoki river to process wood and pulp. There is an interesting industrial heritage museum in Inkeroinen, named Ankkapurha. Overnight in Kouvola region.
Day 4 (80 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 3km to a nice summer café called Linkkumylly. Continue to Mäntyharju. Art center Salmela has interesting exhibitions. As for architecture, the wooden church is the second largest in Finland.
Day 5 (25 km)
Short cycling day to Ristiina. Small boat harbor 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.
Day 6 (75 km)
Pack enough snacks and water for this trip, as the road east is very quiet and remote. At 20km a small walking path heads right to the Astuvansalmi rock paintings. These are among the largest in Scandinavia. The path is 2km one-way. An impressive site if you have the time. Also at 56km is a perfect resting point: the legendary Pistohiekka area has beautiful beaches, a dancehall and a summer café. Overnight in Puumala area.
Day 7 (Rest day)
Puumala 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 harbor. 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.
Day 8 (45 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 harbor and a rowing stadium, as Sulkava hosts every July the world’s largest rowing competition called Sulkavan Suursoudut. Overnight in Sulkava area.
Day 9 (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 harbor. 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 10 (45 km)
Today’s destination is Oravi, situated on an isthmus between Linnansaari National Park and Joutenvesi conservation area. This is ringed seal territory. Sightings are rear, but you might get lucky. Oravi offers a wide selection of kayaks, canoes, motor boats, etc. Swimming and sauna, naturally. Saunayoga will calm your mind and body. Many lake cruises start from here. Food can be bought from small shop and Restaurant Ruukinranta. Overnight in Oravi.
Day 11 (50 km)
Cycle north towards Heinävesi, home to the only Orthodox monasteries in Nordics. Valamo for men, Lintula for women. Both offer accommodation. Valamo also has a winery and whisky distilling. Kermajärvi lake is a significant conservation area and known for its clear waters. Overnight in Heinävesi region.
NOTE: This stretch can also be sailed aboard M/S Puijo. Price is about 40 eur/person and 10 eur/bike. Tickets are sold onboard. Buy a ticket to Heinävesi or Karvio, depending on where your hotel is. Departures from Oravi on MON, WED and FRI at 11:00. The route is extremely scenic and has the status of Finnish National Landscape. Duration 4-5 hours.
Day 12 (60 km)
Journey continues towards Vehmersalmi or Leppävirta, depending on availability of accommodation.
Day 13 (50-60 km)
Arrival in Kuopio, the undisputed center of tourism in Eastern-Finland. The variety of activities on offer will suit most travelers’ needs. Buy some “kalakukko” from the market place or attend a rock festival, the choice is yours. Overnight in Kuopio.
Day 14 (2 km)
Return to Helsinki (Pasila station) with the morning train. Duration about 4 hours. Cycle to our office and return the ebikes.