Savonlinna – Oravi – Joensuu – Pierlis river – Koli – Nurmes – Joensuu – Savonlinna

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Map of the sailing area of Savo, Finland

Basic information

  • Cruise length: 540 km
  • Trip duration: 14 days
  • Type of cruise: there and back
  • Number of locks: 3

Your 14-day Nordic adventure will start at the base in Savonlinna and continue towards the town of Oravi, located on the shores of Lake Haukivesi. Following a network of interconnected lakes, move on to Savonranta and from there head to the province of North Karelia, whose administrative centre is the town of Joensuu. Founded in the 19th century, Joensuu's population hovers around the 100,000 mark. It is also rightly called the 'European forestry capital'. Visit one of the local restaurants and taste typical Finnish dishes prepared with ingredients that include mushrooms and cranberries, all of the highest quality, of course, as Joensuu is all about healthy living. The Pielis River, which connects Lake Pielinen and Pyhäselkä, leads you from Joensuu to Koli National Park in eastern Finland. Your next stop will be Nurmes, which has been officially declared the town of Christmas carols for its Christmas atmosphere. You can also visit the neighbouring town of Lieksa before returning to the base in Savonlinna. A fortnight in the fresh Nordic air in unspoilt nature will be a balm for your body and soul.