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 islands of Koli in summer 2021

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 delicious meal by the campfire. During the forest fire warning, the meal is prepared with a gas kettle. Excursions are made between June 1 and September 30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 12 noon. Duration 3 to 4 hours.

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 89 € / person, children under 12 years 39 € / child. Duration: about 3–4 h. Minimum: 3 persons. Place of departure: Harbour of Koli (Rantatie 12). 11 customers and a guide each excursion. Inquiries for groups: or +358 505 533 023.

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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. Rental of rowing boats, motor boats, canoes, kayaks and SUP boards from the Herajärvi Outdoor Center - Kiviniemi, also delivery to Koli.

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.

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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