Bicycle trip on the Russian border
Guided bike tour on the eastern border is a great way to learn about Finnish nature and culture. The route follows forest roads and the asphalt through the taiga forests, wilderness lake shores and tiny villages. Wild nature, fresh summer of Finland, cultural sites in the border region and the warm hospitality of the people are the experiences never to be forgotten. Day trips are always less than 50 km / day, so the cyclists with moderate physical condition are able to ride the route quite easily. Luggage will be transported by car always to the next accommodation. Accommodation varies from lakeside cabins to small town hotels. During the trip, breaks will be held in beautiful locations. During the tour you can explore the rich Eastern Finnish food culture, taste fresh water straight from the pond or catch fish and cook it by an open fire. Sauna, swimming in the lake and midnight sun is a pure Finnish experience.
Facts of the trip:
Availability: 22.6.–30.6., 13.7.–21.7., 3.-11.8., 17.-25.8.2014
Location: Kuhmo and Suomussalmi (Finland)
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
Number of participants: minimum 2 persons
Languages: English, Finnish, Swedish, (Russia at an additional cost of 175 € / day / group)
Price: 1290 € / person
Price includes: guide services, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, sauna every evening, transportation from the airport to Kuhmo from Kajaani and at the end from Suomussalmi to Kajaani airport, luggage transportation during the tour, entrance fees.
Day 1. Arrival to Kajaani airport or the railway station, where the guide is waiting for the participants. Transport to Kuhmo, check-in to the hotel, dinner. Information meeting, exploring the maps and describing the progress of a trip. Free time to explore the little town of Kuhmo. Accommodation and sauna at the hotel.
Day 2. The tour begins from the hotel after breakfast. In the beginning of the trip we'll visit Petola Visitor Centre and explore Finnish nature and its special features, the large carnivores. The trail goes on the north side of the Lake Lammasjärvi. The Winter War Battle Monument and history. Accommodation, sauna and dinner at Kiekinkoski holiday cottages on the lake shore. Kuhmo – Kiekinkoski, ride appr. 45 km.
Day 3. Soon after breakfast we arrive to the nature reserve area Elimyssalo and Levävaara house. The yard and buildings tell the stories of modest lifestyle in the wild nature of the Russian border. In the evening you have an unique opportunity to participate the unforgettable bear watching trip. Dinner, sauna and accommodation in Viiksimo. Kiekinkoski – Viiksimo, ride appr. 34 km.
Day 4. Wonderful Finnish culture day begins from Viiksimo and continues towards the Lentiira village. Route leads us between the little lakes, through the beautiful landscapes to Lentiira. Local attractions like will be experienced and introduced to you at the end of the day. Dinner, sauna and accommodation in cottages in Lentiira holiday village. Viiksimo – Lentiira, ride appr. 45 km.
Day 5. After the breakfast we will continue towards the Russian border and Vartius. At the Border Guardian station we`ll have a conversation with guardian and lunch at a local restaurant on the border. Journey continues towards one of the last Vienan Carelian village, Kuivajärvi. During the route is Veihtivaara, rural village with a population of less than ten families. In the evening visit to Domna House which is a famous Vienan Carelian style house with exhibition of local arts. Dinner, sauna and accommodation at the old Border Guardian Station. Lentiira–Kuivajärvi, appr. 47 km.
Day 6. Tour continues first on the forest road then on asphalt to Ala-Vuokki. After lunch we head to historically important road, The Road of Raate. Major Winter war battles between Finns and Russians took place here in 1939 and a lot of soldiers were killed on this road. . Visit to Raate Guard Museum. We have an opportunity to climb to the border guard station watch tower to a height of more than 20m. From the tower you can see far away to Russian side. Dinner, sauna and accommodation at the Raate Border Guardian station. Kuivajärvi – Raate, ride appr. 49 km.
Day 7. After breakfast, we continue along the road towards the Raatteen Portti - restaurant where we`ll enjoy a delicious lunch. The journey continues towards Suomussalmi. In Suomussalmi guests stay in a local motel and in the evening enjoy the spa services. Dinner, spa, sauna and accommodation. Raate – Suomussalmi, ride appr. 42 km.
Day 8. After breakfast we take a tour in Suomussalmi village area: The old Kaleva bar, local pastries, coffee and a local museum. In the afternoon we`ll have a boat trip on the lake Kianta to author Ilmari Kianto´s home place and stories of the writer's colorful life. In the evening sauna and celebration dinner at the hotel. Accommodation in Suomussalmi. Bicycle tour in Suomussalmi, ride appr. 25 km.
Day 9. After breakfast transfer to the airport of Kajaani.
We reserve the right to change the content of the program if necessary due to weather or other reasons.