If you like water then Koli is the place for you. Try a Church
rowing-boat or a motorboat trip from Koli Harbour. Or if you prefer
paddling your own or (rented)
canoe, try a picnic trip to the sandy esker islands in the National
Park, where you’ll find facilities for your own campfire – not
forgetting a refreshing swim from the beaches.
The same white-sand beaches can be found on the mainland – purchase a
local map and you’ll find them scattered along the lake shore.
Take your pick – you can go on an organised cruise, fishing trip, or picnic; or just hire a canoe and go off on your own.
Swimming opportunities in the Koli area include the National Park
beaches, the Koli village beach at Verkkolampi, and the Koli Freetime
Centre beach at Kopravaara.
For canoeing, in addition to Lake Pielinen there are the more sheltered
waters of Herajärvi. And the easiest way to find a rowing boat is to
rent a summer cottage with boat included.
Wood boat transporting Vuonislahti-Koli and Koli-Vuonislahti-Paateri
During the summer 2017 on order. From Vuonislahti harbour (coordinates 63°09,2' 29°58,7') or from Koli harbour (Rantatie 12). The distance between the harbours is 10 km (14 km between Koli and Paateri) and it takes about 50 min to cross the lake. There are three boats which altogether have places for up to 20 persons. When placing an order, please mention if you have a group bigger than 20 persons.
Departures: on request. Prices 25 €/adult, back and forth 40 €, 10 €/children 4–12 years, back and forth 20 €. You can even go alone, but you will have to pay for four. It is also possible to visit Paateri, additional price for transport 5 €/adult and 2 €/children. Tickets to Eva Ryynänen`s atelier 5 €/adult. The prices include VAT (10%).
In addition to the boat trip, you can also order a snack by campfire on an island or a lunch at Herranniemi Country Inn or at Kukko in Vuonislahti. There is a gallery-café in Paateri, too.
The boat transportations are performed with safe wooden boats. The price includes rain capes and safety equipment. The skippers are qualified and experienced. The trip might be cancelled due to bad weather! In case of a sudden storm, the return journey will be made by taxi or by bus.
Guided walking tour before or after boat journey
The guided walking tour through the grounds from where the sculptor Eva Ryynänen drew her inspiration takes you to the heart of Finnish nature and to the shades of Karelian pine forests. The path goes near Lake Jauhiainen in pine forests and through the village, either from Vuonislahti to Paateri or from Paateri to Vuonislahti.
Tours will be organised on request for groups of 3 - 10 persons. Duration of the tour is 3 hours, including the guided walking tour (about 1 hour), a presentation of Paateri and the boat transportation (Vuonislahti-Paateri or vice versa). The guided tour is organised by the guides of Lieksan Matkailuoppaat ry.
The price of the guided walking tour is 90 €/group.
Reservations for boat trips tel. +358 400 170 255, email@example.com, www.vuonis.net.
Picnic excursions to the Hiekkasaari Island
Guided picnic excursions to Hiekkasaari on Thurdays during 25.6. - 13.8.2017.
Advance booking at the Ukko Visitor centre is required. There are
places for 10 people. The departure is from Koli harbour (Rantatie 12) 2
pm, the return to the harbour is about 5 pm. Price 20 €/person.
We recommend you to take own packed meals and a swimming suit!
Metsähallitus serves campfire coffee. Further information: Ukko Visitor
centre, Ylä-Kolintie 39, Koli.
Tel. +358 206 395 654 or email: ukko(at)metsa.fi.