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Lakes & Forests eBike tour (9 days)
This e-bike tour offers a fine presentation of traditional farming country and river valleys on the coast, plus endless forests and lakes as the route heads north towards Lakeland. Throw in some national parks, forest roads, family-run B&B’s and a lot of that special Nordic summer ambiance and you have a fantastic bike tour. Be warned: you may have to come back for more!
Lakes and Forests eBike tour (9 days)
- Start/end: Helsinki, our shop.
- Duration 9 days, 8 nights
- Highlights: Porvoo Old Town, Loviisa & coastal Baltic Sea, Ruotsinpyhtää old ironworks, Repovesi National Park, remote forest roads, Lake Kuolimo & Saimaa, Sauna & swimming, Lappeenranta
- Self-guided (GPS)
- Difficulty: Moderate, some cycling experience is required
- May-September, Mon-Sun, time 09:00 morning
- Price 1250 eur/person
- eBike, GPS, bike bags, other bike equipment
- Pre-planned route
- Points of Interest (POI’s)
- Train tickets from Lappeenranta 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 (40 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 drive to Vanhankaupunginkoski rapids, where Helsinki was founded in year 1550. This is a lively and pretty place with a good lunch restaurant. Take your time and sit by the river for a while. After lunch or coffee 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 heads towards Sipoonkorpi National Park. We are lucky to have such a densely forested park right on the outskirts of the city. Not many restaurants here but your B&B host will advice you about dinner possibilities. Overnight in Vantaa area.
Day 2 (40 km)
In the morning you will cycle west through Sipoonkorpi. We recommend having lunch in Sipoo town. For coffee, Café Kaksi Verantaa has nice atmosphere and delicious baked goodies. Then continue west. Gradually the route takes you to Baltic shores and into Porvoo. 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 (65 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 harbor for food, drink and people. Overnight in Loviisa area.
Day 4 (65km)
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 south of Kouvola.
Day 5 (60 km)
In the morning you will cycle along Kouvola’s outskirts. Stop in Iitti or 30 km later in Jaala for lunch and supplies (snacks) for day 6. (TIP: A very Finnish thing would be to buy sausages and grill them on open fire in Repovesi park. Wood and sites for grilling are provided. You need matches and sausages.) After Jaala the route takes you to Verla, on old cardboard factory and a Unesco Heritage Site. Wander around and check out the small shops and museum. Also a cafe here. Overnight in Valkeala Folk High School premises by Lake Saanjärvi.
Day 6 (60 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. If your 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.
Day 7 (30-40 km)
Now, depending on accommodation, it’s either a short ride to Ristiina or a bit longer to Hanhijärvi. Ristiina is a small town surrounded on three sides by Yövesi lake, offering some cafes/restaurants and grocery stores. Hanhijärvi has nothing but lakes and forest, and a great B&B. The host will make you dinner and warm up the sauna.
Day 8 (50-60 km)
After a good breakfast cycle along quiet roads and sleepy towns southwards. At Suomenniemi there is a very traditional small town pub/cafe. Not many of these to be found anymore. Ask for something to eat, they will prepare what’s in stock. Also a grocery in town. For photos, you might want to climb the observation tower. Some hours south and you will arrive in lakeside town Savitaipale. Take a swim in Lake Kuolimo and cruise around town. Overnight in Savitaipale.
Day 9 (50 km)
This last cycling day takes you along a beautiful road to Lappeenranta. As you cycle on this ridge created by ice age you will see a lot of water. Bridges connect the islands to make a unique chain. Admire the views and stop for a swim. In Lappeenranta we recommend the port and old fortress areas, excellent cafes and restaurants to be found. Slowly make your way to the train station to catch the 17:40 train (2 hours) to Helsinki. Hand over the bikes at our office.