Biking tour from Guesthouse to Guesthouse and village to village, across Karelian pasty country
The route runs from Salmenkylä in Nurmes, via Valtimo´s Karhunpää and Puukari villages to Nurmes, continuing with Lake Pielinen views to Männikkölä Guesthouse and from there back to Salmenkylä to Guesthouse Pihlajapuu. The atmosphere of the guesthouses, the beautiful country scenery of North Karelia and interesting places to visit indulges you along the way. The cycling distance is approximately 100 - 200 km depending on the route choice and day trips. During the biking tour, authentic flavors of Karelia à la carte is offered at the dinner table in each inn's own way. The delicious food is local. We also use a lot of organic products! The biking tour is pedalled unhurried at your own pace. Welcome!
Arrival at Guesthouse Pihlajapuu. Tour info and excursion route choices. Check the equipment and bike ready for the tour.
- Dinner, sauna and accommodation at Guesthouse Pihlajapuu.
After breakfast. Go for a bike ride.
- Cycling on the Nälkömäki bike ride. On the tour, you cycle to admire the stunning scenery from Nälkömäki to facing Pielinen. You can continue the journey from Nälkömäki through via Koivikkola hut, where you can make a campfire and barbecue sausages. From the hut you cycle around Lake Viemenjärvi back to Pihlajapuu. The cycling distance is about 18 km/ in one direction
- Cycling to Savikylä village hall. There is a cafe and the village's second-hand shop. The cycling distance is about 10 km/ in one direction
- Dinner, sauna and accommodation at Guesthouse Pihlajapuu.
Cycling from Guesthouse Pihlajapuu to Guesthouse Laitalan Lomat. The route passes through the village roads of Kuokkastenkoski, Vastimo village and Karhunpää. In Kuokkastenkoski, you can depart to look at the rapids dam area.
The waters coming from Valtimo fall through Kuokkastenkoski to Kuokkastenjärvi and then to Pielinen. The drop is 11 metres, and the rapids are nearly one kilometre long. A rationing dam and then a hydroelectric power plant serving local need have been built in the rapids. A campfire and a swimming place have been restored downstream of the rapids.
The cycling distance is Pihlajapuu-Laitalan Lomat 22 km.
Guesthouse Laitalan Lomat offers the opportunity to paddle. The hostess of Laitalan Lomat Henna advises on the technique and basics of canoeing, after which guests can go on a self-guided canoeing trip. The changing landscapes of the River Karhujoki always provides new things to see. There are dozens of kilometers of Karhujoki, so you can choose the length of the excursion yourself.
- Dinner, sauna, and accommodation at Guesthouse Laitalan Lomat.
After breakfast from Laitalan Lomat, the journey continues towards Valtimo village to Guesthouse Puukarin Pysäkki.
Route tips: Along the way you can visit the Kalliojärvi Bird Tower. Lake Kalliojärvi is a shallow, grassy, lush lake with open water only here and there. The lake is part of the Nationwide Birdwater Conservation Program. The nesting birds of Lake Kalliojärvi have included horned grebe, whooper swan and little gull. The lake has two bird towers, a nature trail, and a hut.
In the village of Nuolijärvi, you should stop by to visit the small, lovely shop Marjapaikka.
- Dinner, sauna and accommodation at Guesthouse Puukarin Pysäkki
From Guesthouse Puukarin Pysäkki, the journey continues towards Nurmes. In the village of Valtimo it is worth stopping to visit some small museums. After the Valtimo village, we diverge to the village roads. The route goes through Karhunpää and Jokikylä to Porokylä in Nurmes and from there on to Nurmes attractions or directly to Guesthouse Männikkölän Pirtti. The cycling distance is 35 km.
- Dinner, sauna and accommodation at Guesthouse Männikkölän Pirtti.
After breakfast, cycling to Nurmes Old town and Karelian village and then back to Guesthouse Pihlajapuu.
Route tips: City of Nurmes
- Karelian village
- Karelian Spa
- Old town
In Nurmes, it is worth exploring the historically valuable wooden house area of Puu-Nurmes. The city site plan is of cultural historical significance and a conservation site. From the old merchant village in Nurmes, you can continue to the tourist town of Pielinen to Bomban Talo, Karelian village and summer market.
The cycling distance Männikkölän Pirtti - Nurmes 9 km
The cycling distance Nurmes - Pihlajapuu 20 km.
- Dinner, sauna and accommodation at Guesthouse Pihlajapuu
After breakfast, cycling trip to the Raesärkät. The Raesärkät nature reserve area is a beautiful day trip destination in a rolling ridge landscape. The hiking trail that runs through the area follows the old cart road and the bottom of the wheel track.
The cycling distance 20 km/ in one direction
- Dinner, smoke sauna and accommodation at Guesthouse Pihlajapuu.
Breakfast. Time to say Hei hei!
- Duration: 7 nights, 8 days
- Physical condition needed: Normal fit.
- Min 2 person max 10 person
Package price per person: 1200€/person/7 nights, 8 days
-Transportation from the Airport
Package price per person: 1130€/person/7 nights, 8 days
-Transportation from the local Train station
The price includes
Group transfers from/to airport (on arrival day at about 18 hours, on departure day from Pihlajapuu at about 11 hours, the flight 14.30), accommodation in double rooms in guesthouses with shared facilities, full board (breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner), sauna every evening, (once the smoke sauna), bicycles and helmet, luggage transport to guesthouse to guesthouse.
! Please note, that because we are saving nature, we take the bed linen with us from the first guesthouse to be used in all the other guesthouses, too. The bed linen bag will be carried by the luggage transfer. You will get clean towels in every guesthouse.
The bikes are Finnish Helkama Hybrid bikes with 24 gears, hand brakes and a little bit wider tyres than the normal city bikes. There are 8 lady model bikes and 4 man model bikes to use.
Introductions of guesthouses: