Saimaa Canoeing Services

Saimaa canoeing

Hanhiniitty is in Puumala, in the archipelago of Lake Saimaa, with great canoeing options where the waterways to Savonlinna, Mikkeli and Lappeenranta meet.

Our Saimaa Canoeing services include various options for canoeing in the nearby archipelago or venturing further away to different parts of Lake Saimaa. We rent out kayaks, canoes and other equipment to people setting off independently, and we can also help to plan routes. Our guided excursions offer a safe way to take to the water without having to worry about the route – concentrate on paddling and admiring the surrounding nature. Canoeing courses offer a safe way to take up a good hobby. Come and canoe with us, or at least plan your trip for next summer! For more information on interesting accommodation options, see Other Services.

In the winter, when Lake Saimaa freezes over, we rent out snowshoes and equipment for winter excursions. We can also accompany you on your winter trip.

We rent out one- and two-man kayaks and open canoes for enjoyable experiences on the water, as well as for longer excursions. We also offer Feel Free sit-on-top fishing kayaks for relaxing paddling and fishing trips, also suitable for children. Reserve your equipment in good time to guarantee access to the most suitable items during the busy canoeing season.

Rentals include: paddles, life jackets, spraydeck, maps and route guidance. If needed, we will also transport the equipment to you or pick you up at the end of the canoeing trip from desired destination. Transportation 30 € / departure + 1 € / km.

RENTAL TIME DAILY 10 am to 8 pm

SINGLE- AND DOUBLE KAYAKS

We rent out one- and two-man kayaks for enjoyable experiences on the water, as well as for longer excursions.

Single: 50€/day, 2-6 days 30€/day,  for 7+ days  27€/ day

Double: 60€/day, 2-6 days 40€/day, for 7+ days 37€/ day

OPEN CANOES

Open canoes are suitable for  longer excursions as well as for family paddling.

Open canoe for 2:   50 €/day, price for 2-6 days 30€/day,  for 7+ days 27€/day
Open canoe for 3:  60€/day, price for 2-6days 40€/day,  for 7+ days 37€/day

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FEEL FREE FISHING KAYAKS

Feel Free sit-on-top fishing kayaks for relaxing paddling and fishing trips, also suitable for children.

Price: 40 €/day,  for 2-6 days 20€/day,  for 7+ days 18€/day

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OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT

day 2-6 days 7+ days /day
Drysuit 30€ 25€ 25€
tent (for 1 person ) 20€ 18€
tent (for 2-3 persons ) 30€ 27€
tent (for 2-4 persons ) 40€ 37€
sleeping bag and mattress 20€ 18€
Trangia Gas cooker and pots+pans 10€ 5€ 4€
Personal eating utensils/ person 5€ 3€ 3€
Gas , 300g 5€ each
Gas , 500g 10€ each
dry bags (different sizes) 4€ 2€ 2€
kayaking barrels 5€ 3€ 3€
child carrier 10€ 8€ 5€

OUR SAIMAA

The Puumala area is one of the most spectacular canoeing areas in Lake Saimaa. We can help you to plan your route and excursion, and we can transport the equipment. Canoeists can also rent a small sauna cabin in a peaceful location on its own island approximately 10 km from Niinisaari island.

WEEKLY GUIDED CANOE TRIPS DURING THE SUMMER

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SUMMER NIGHT PADDLING ON LAKE SAIMAA

Come and take to the waters around the Lake Saimaa archipelago with us in the mystical atmosphere of a summer night. We use open canoes, depending on the conditions and the physical fitness of the participants, going at a relaxed pace and stopping ashore for a picnic. No prior canoeing experience is required. Kayaking is also an option if participants have prior kayaking experience.

Departure: Hanhiniitty, Ylössaarentie 84, Niinisaari.
Time: Every Friday at 8 pm (27.06. – 21.08.2020)
Price: 75 €. (includes guidance,canoeing kit and a snack)
Reservations at least one day in advance. Sanna | tel. +358 50 548 7653 | sanna@hanhiniitty.fi
Trip will only take place if there are at least 4 participants.

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A DAY PADDLE TO HEINÄNEN ISLAND

A full day guided paddling adventure in lake Saimaa. You can paddle in a kayak single or with a friend, in a double kayak.

We will set off at 0900 am. The paddling route will meander in the safety of the Niinisaari/Lintusalo archipelago and we will make a short excusrion to the edge of the greater Saimaa area. Half-way into the trip we will stop at Heinänen isle, where our hosts wll serve us a scrumtuous lunch. We will have a short break at the island, with the hosts chickens, sheep and honey bees. Further rest breaks can be held, as needed. After the days paddle, we will have a relaxing sauna in the Hanhiniitty traditional style wood sauna, and a refreshing swim in lake Saimaa.
Dates:
  • tuesday 28.7.2020 0900 o’clock
  • thursday30.7.2020 0900 o’clock
  • tuesday4.8.2020 0900 o’clock

Departure point: Saimaa Canoeing, Ylössaarentie 84, 52200 PUUMALA

Paddling distance: approx. 30 km

Duration approx. 10 h

Pricing: 160€/ person (if you bring your own kayak price is 130€/person)

Price includes:
  • a guide
  • kayak, PFD, Paddle, sprayskirt
  • Prepared lunch at Henäsensaari
  • snacks on shorter breaks
  • Sauna at the end of the trip

What to bring?

  • Paddling clothes (weather dependant)
  • hat
  • sunshades
  • sunscreen
  • a set of spare cloths
  • swimsuit and towel.
  • Also you need to bring your own water bottle.
This paddle is suitable for people with previous paddling experience and have a good fitness level.
Minimum group size is 4 persons. The organizer reserves the right to cancel the trip, if there are not enough participants for the trip.
Reservations must be made atleast 3 days prior to departure
Tel. +358 50 5487 653 or sanna@hanhiniitty.fi

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SUMMER NIGHT PADDLING ON LAKE SAIMAA

Come and take to the waters around the Lake Saimaa archipelago with us in the mystical atmosphere of a summer night. We use open canoes, depending on the conditions and the physical fitness of the participants, going at a relaxed pace and stopping ashore for a picnic. No prior canoeing experience is required. Kayaking is also an option if participants have prior kayaking experience.

Departure: Hanhiniitty, Ylössaarentie 84, Niinisaari.
Time: Every Friday at 8 pm (27.06. – 21.08.2020)
Price: 75 €. (includes guidance,canoeing kit and a snack)
Reservations at least one day in advance. Sanna | tel. +358 50 548 7653 | sanna@hanhiniitty.fi

Trips will only take place if there are at least 4 participants.

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SEAL-SPOTTING BY KAYAKING IN MAY

The Saimaa Ringed Seal (Pusa hispida saimensis) is one of the rarest seal in the world. Only around 400 seals remain in Lake Saimaa, Finland.

May is the best time of year to see ringed Saimaa seals, so we will set off for the seal habitats at a leisurely pace in two-person kayaks. On this half-day trip, we will paddle two-person kayaks in small group. Two-person kayaks are stable and safe, allowing you to use cameras and binoculars if a seal shows up. During the trip, we will take a break ashore for a lunch of soup and coffees. The paddling time will be around 3 hours and the distance is around 8 km.

Departures: 9 May, 16 May, 23 May, 30 May 9 am – 2 pm, Saimaa Canoeing, Ylössaarentie 84

Price: 98€ (Inclunding kayaking equipment, guided tour to the seal waters and soup lunch)

Also available: binoculars rental 5€, sauna after the trip 15€ per person (minimum charge 45€)

Reservations two days prior to departure: sanna@hanhiniitty.fi or + 358 50 5487653

Trips will only take place if there are at least 4 participants.

Trips are also available for groups by reservation.

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GOOD MORNING PADDLING IN SAHANLAHTI

Take a good star to the day! Welcome to paddle with us on quiet Kaitajärvi and feel the sensations of morning. After paddling trip we are having relaxing sauna and swimming and delicious breakfeast.

Depeature: Sahanlahti Resort, Lietvedentie 830.
Time: Every Wednesday 7 am (1 July – 29 July)
Duration: about 4h
Level: easy
Price: €98/person (includes guidance,canoeing kit, sauna and breakfeast in Sahanalahti Resort)

Reservations at the latest the day before by 6 pm
Tel. +358 50 5487 653 or sanna@hanhiniitty.fi

Trips will only take place if there are at least 4 participants.

DAY TRIP TO ROKANSAARI ISLAND

Spend a day paddling and enjoying the nature of Lake Saimaa. A guided all day kayaking trip takes you to Puumala archipelago, by the clear waters and sandy beaches. Together with the guide you will get to know the diverse nature of Lake Saimaa. The kayaking trip during the day is about 17 km. The trip is directed to one of the most interesting geological sites in our area, Rokansaari.

Guaranteed departures: Saimaa Canoeing, Ylössaarentie 84, 52200 Puumala

Sunday 9th of August
from 10am to 18pm

Level: some kayaking experience required
Price: 120€ (including guide, kayaking equipment, soup lunch, snacks)
Reservations at the two days before
Tel + 358 50 5487653 or sanna@hanhiniitty.fi

PADDLE INDEPENDENTLY ON LAKE SAIMAA

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PADDLING VACATION AT LAKE SAIMAA, 2 NIGHTS

The first paddling day takes you to Ilosaari. depending on the route chosen paddling distannce is in the 2-30 km range. Ilosaari is a small little island with several spots to pitch a tent, a fireplace as well as an outhouse. If you opt for a longer trip you can paddle by and visit the Liehtalanniemi museum and nature path.

The second paddling day will take you to Jänissaari. Again paddling routes offer either a 12km route or 30+km route. This time you will spend a night in a small sauna-cottage which accomodates 4. In addition there are several tent spots around the cottage, and a pleasant swimming spot.

Price: 260€ / 2 persons (Kayak double or open canoe. You can change the kayak double for two singles for an extra fee )

Price includes: A canoe or kayak double for 3 days. route planning and directions. Map, compass, tent, private campsite, private cabin, and paddling gear

extra price: Changing the kayak double/canoe to two kayak singles +50€

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CANOE ADVENTURE ON LAKE SAIMAA 2 days / 6 days

Pack your equipment to the canoe or kayak and head towards an adventure on Lake Saimaa. We provide equipment for excursions and a tailor made excursion plan.

Price:
from 220 €/ 2 pers/2 days
from 400 €/ 2 pers/6 days

CANOEING EXCURSIONS ON REQUEST

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SUMMER NIGHT PADDLING ON LAKE SAIMAA

Come and take to the waters around the Lake Saimaa archipelago with us in the mystical atmosphere of a summer night. We use open canoes, depending on the conditions and the physical fitness of the participants, going at a relaxed pace and stopping ashore for a picnic. No prior canoeing experience is required. Kayaking is also an option if participants have prior kayaking experience.

Ask more:  Sanna | tel. +358 50 548 7653 | sanna@hanhiniitty.fi

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FAMILY CANOEING TRIP

Let’s try canoeing with the whole family. No prior canoeing experience is required. We will teach the basics of paddling, if necessary, and set out for a short trip in the sheltered waters nearby. During the trip, we will stop ashore for a short break and a picnic to regain our strength.
Duration: approx. 3 hours.
Price: EUR 80 per adult and EUR 40 per child. (includes guidance, canoeing equipment and a picnic). Minimum charge: EUR 240. Participants should wear sporty clothing that is suitable for the weather.
Ask more:  Sanna | tel. +358 50 548 7653 | sanna@hanhiniitty.fi

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CANOE TRIP TO THE MUSEUM FARM

This three-hour trip will take you around the sheltered archipelago of Lake Saimaa by canoe or kayak. Your guide will introduce you to the canoeing equipment and the basic paddling technique, as well as the nature of Lake Saimaa. The canoe trip is approximately 7 km in length, and we will stop at the Liehtalanniemi museum farm for a break. During the museum farm’s opening hours, the steward or canoe guide will present the old archipelago way of life, telling the story of Liehtalanniemi Jallu, the farm’s last resident. We will also enjoy coffee and a picnic at the museum farm.

Ask more:  Sanna | tel. +358 50 548 7653 | sanna@hanhiniitty.fi

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CANOE TRIP TO ROKANSAARI ISLAND

Spend a day canoeing and enjoying the nature of Lake Saimaa. The guided all-day canoe trip will take you to the Puumala archipelago, on clear waters near rocky shores. The trip will introduce you to the diverse lakeside nature of Lake Saimaa and get you paddling properly.  In one day, you will paddle approximately 17 km. The trip heads for one of the most interesting geological sites in our area: Rokansaari.

Ask more:  Sanna | tel. +358 50 548 7653 | sanna@hanhiniitty.fi

Private campsite

Saimaa Canoeing offers private campsites, specifically catered for canoers and kayakers alike.
The campsites are easily approached and landing ashore is easy for those who arrive with a kayak or a canoe. Ashore there is enough space for a larger group of canoes/kayaks.

The camp is equipped with a firepit and  for an additional fee, dry firewood is ready for immediate use.  The firepit area accomodates 10 person and come s equipped with a fire-grill-iron.
Several sites to pitch a tent have been marked and are ready for immediate use.
The campsite is equipped with a modern, ecological outhouse which is maintained regularly.

General information about the locations of the campsites

The campsites are located in the Puumala waters, located centrally around Niinisaari area.  You may reserve an individal campsite or book several in-turns, depending on your paddling route. This way you can ensure a guaranteed private campsite for each night of your trip!

Happy Island

Niinivesi has its own little private island for paddlers to use as a private campsite:

  • Easy access with canoe or kayaks
  • Several sites for tents
  • Firepit (usage pending forest fire warning situation!)
  • Outhouse
  • Firewood (extra cost @ 5€/box)
  • Private island – Privacy
  • Less that 3 km paddle from Saimaa Canoeing basecamp

Reserve an island for yourself or your group !

Saimaa Canoeing offers private campsites specifically to fit the needs of kayakers/canoe paddlers.
Coming ashore is easy and the landing sites have been picked with paddlers in mind. Each island ca accomodat several canoes or kayaks with ease.
Each campsite is equipped with a fire pit and fire grill, dry firewood and kindling is available at extra price of 5 €/Box.
Several tentsites have been cleared and /or marked for clarity, so it is easy for you to find a suitable spot to pitch the tent.
The campsite is equipped with a modern, ecological outhouse, which is regularly maintained.
Firewood is stored in a shed and is ready for use immediattely.

For more information email: sanna@hanhiniitty.fi

OR
Call: +358 50 5487 653

Hermit island

Book a campsite on a private island in Lehmäinselkä:

  • Easy access with canoe or kayak
  • Several sites for tents
  • Firepit (usage pending forest fire warning situation!)
  • Outhouse
  • Firewood (extra cost @ 5€/box)
  • Private island – Privacy
  • Less that 4 km paddle from Saimaa Canoeing basecamp
  • Distance to Puumala harbour less than 8.5 km

Reserve an island for yourself or your group !

Saimaa Canoeing offers private campsites specifically to fit the needs of kayakers/canoe paddlers.
Coming ashore is easy and the landing sites have been picked with paddlers in mind. Each island can accomodate several canoes or kayaks with ease.
Each campsite is equipped with a fire pit and fire grill, dry firewood and kindling is available at extra price of 5 €/Box.
Several tentsites have been cleared and /or marked for clarity, so it is easy for you to find a suitable spot to pitch the tent.
The campsite is equipped with a modern, ecological outhouse, which is regularly maintained.
Firewood is stored in a shed and is ready for use immediattely.

Fore more information email: sanna@hanhiniitty.fi
OR
call:  +358 50 5487 653