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16 Lakes in Nuuksio

I had never visited the northeast part of Nuuksio national park before, but an invitation from Janne for a 2-day lake-hopping tour in the area came to the rescue. To top the experience, Xavier and Anita agreed to join us for the second day, with a packraft. Janne has covered this trip also in his new blog.

We started the trip on Friday evening after work by taking a bus with Janne to Saarijärvi. Once set up, we paddled across the lake, towards Sarkkinen, which we could reach with a short hike through the forest. Crossing this lake, we reached a narrow neck of land, about 10 meters wide, separating Sarkkinen from Suolikas.

Bikerafting in Suvisaaristo

Had a couple of hours free time, and headed to Suvisaaristo by bike to paddle a bit on the sunny sea. Weather was way good for any serious trial for the packraft-fatbike combo, but the backwash from larger boats running too close already revealed it to be quite tipsy, and wasn’t eager to find out how it would be (im)possible to turn the package around once capsized (need to try it at some point on shallow water though).

Packrafting in Väliväylä

Here’s a short video from an overnighter near Kouvola, paddling part of the Väliväylä route. We started from Väliväylän Etappi (shop/bar in Kannuskoski), where you could also get the fishing permits (7 EUR for 24 hrs), and finished in Mankki. The river had less flow than I hoped for (almost none at all, except for few short rocky rapids), so I was playing keep-up with my friends on a canoe - a great trip nevertheless!