Canoeing and boating

Finnish summer is made for boating and canoeing

The extensive Pielinen surrounding Koli is a versatile source of summer fun, which you can capture on your own rowing, kayaking or Stand Up Paddle Boards trip, or on a guided water trip. The Ruunaa rapids and the Jongunjoki or Patvinsuo river routes closer to the eastern border are the top destinations for river and rapids paddling enthusiasts.

Guided picnic excursions to Hiekkasaari in summer 2020

On the boat trip you can admire the scenery of Pielinen and the peaks of Koli from the lake. We will do a short hike on the island and the guide tells about nature and stories about Pielinen. Then we will enjoy coffee and a cold drink by the campfire. During the forest fire warning, the coffee is brewed with a gas kettle. Excursions are made between June 25 and July 30. on Tuesdays and Thursdays two departures a day.

Weather reservation: The guide reserves the right to cancel the trip if he considers the weather conditions to be detrimental to the implementation of the trip.

For larger groups, it is possible to drive to Hiekkasaari 10 people at a time. However, so that on the island there would be no more than 30 people.

Price: Adults 35 € / person, children under 12 years 17 € / child. Duration: about 2 h. (Boat trips about 10–15 min / direction and stay on the island about 1.5 h). Place of departure: Harbour of Koli (Rantatie 12). 10 customers and a guide each excursion. Inquiries: or +358 443 779 334.


Rental equipment

In Koli, canoes, kayaks and SUP boards are rented by Koli Active Oy at Koli harbour, and canoes at VisitKoli in Merilänranta, Loma-Koli Camping.

The sandy islands rising from Pielinen and the narrow archipelago stretching south from it are an attractive destination in calm weather. The islands have more campgrounds and a lovely white sand beach for beach life.

Please note that the regulations of the Koli National Park prohibit movement on islets smaller than one hectare from 15 May to 17 July for nesting peace of waterfowl. You can find more information on Koli's boat and canoeing destinations and trails at

The extensive Pielinen is a versatile source of summer fun that can be captured by rowing, canoeing or racing trip on your own, or on a guided trip. The Ruunaa white waters and the Jongunjoki or Patvinsuo river routes closer to the eastern border are the top destinations for tours on the river and rapids shooting.

Guided paddling tours

Guided 2–4 hour kayaking tours from Koli harbour are organized by Koli Active Oy. According to the group, the excursions may focus on learning kayaking techniques, so first-timers are also welcome. Erä-Eero organizes canoeing trips in Lieksa near Patvinsuo National Park.

Wood boat transporting Vuonislahti–Paateri

During the summer 2020 on order from Vuonislahti harbour to Paateri museum. Check the timetable of hydrofoil Suvi Express, Also other routes possible. For examle from Koli harbour (Rantatie 12) to Vuonislahti. The distance between the harbours is 10 km (14 km between Koli and Paateri) and it takes about 50 min to cross the lake. In addition to the boat trip, you can also order a snack by campfire on an island or a lunch. 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.

More information and bookings:, tel. +358 40 017 0225., Facebook: Vuonislife

The new refueling points will serve boaters in Koli, Lieksa and the harbour of Bomba in Nurmes

Boat refueling station Lieksa 24h card machine, Braheantie 14, 81700 LIEKSA (Harbour of Lieksa)
Fuel grades: 98E5 and Diesel.

Boat refueling station Koli 24h card machine, Rantatie 12, 83960 KOLI (Koli fishing harbour)
Fuel grades: 98E5 and Diesel.

Boat refueling station Nurmes 24h card machine, Tuulentie 10, 75500 NURMES (Port of Bomb)
Fuel grades: 98E5 and Diesel. www.nurmes.f

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