Wonderful E-Bike Tours
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Lakes & Forests E-Bike 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 “Summer Feeling” you can still find in rural Finland and you have a fantastic cycling holiday. Be warned: you may have to come back for more!
Lakes and Forests E-Bike Tour (9 days)
- Start/end: Happy eBikers office in Helsinki
- 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 town
- Self-guided (GPS)
- Difficulty: Moderate, some cycling experience is required. Many gravel roads and a lot of small hills.
- May-September, Mon-Sun, time 09:00 morning
- Price 1090 eur/person, sharing a room. Single room is 30 eur/night extra.
- High quality electric mountain bike, GPS, bike bags, other bike equipment
- Pre-planned route
- Points of Interest (POI’s)
- Train tickets from Lappeenranta to Helsinki
- Accommodations: Bed & Breakfast style
- Phone support
- Support level: C (see “Info”). Happy eBikers staff will assist you.
- Meals or drinks (breakfast is included)
- Tickets to museums, cruises or such
- Flight tickets
- Baggage transfers (Not needed with e-bikes! You will carry your luggage in two waterproof bike bags, and leave extra stuff with us)
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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. 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 delightful small beach and swimming is possible. In Sipoo town you’ll find some good lunch restaurants and cafes 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 ice cream 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 (55 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. There is also a nicely preserved old wooden district. 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. 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 (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 3 km 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. Local Nilkko Brewery has very interesting, award winning beers. Overnight in Mäntyharju.
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 evening train (2 hours) to Helsinki. Hand over the e-bikes at our office.
Happy eBikers is a registered travel agency with a security deposit as required by Finnish law.
VAT nro: FI28010729
Registration nro: 1303/16/Mj
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.