Women's camping skills and nature tours week

Women's camping skills and nature tours week

Kotakyläntie 197, 83900 Juuka

Min 4 persons

Women's camping skills and nature experiences

This nature week includes a women's field skills course as well as hiking and nature trips.

  • Guided tour. Guidance language: English, Italian, Spanish
  • Available 11.-19.7.2024
  • Group size: min. 4 person

1. Day 11.7.
Arrival in Joensuu
Accommodation in a Karelia style hotel Lietsu.

2.-4. Day 12.-14.7. 
Women's camping skills and food by the campfire weekend
At this camp, you will learn to live in nature, identify edible plants and prepare food from them. Adventures at the camp are paddling, rowing, SUP boards and hiking. At the same time, orientation, kayaking safety, cooking with fire and many other useful skills will become familiar.

We will get to know the basics of camping, such as orientation, accommodation, clothing, as well as camping food and fishing. We practice food preparation in wilderness conditions with a campfire and a camping stove. During the camp, we use open canoes, sub-boards and packcraft kayaks.

The program includes the following guided activities:
- Fishing skills instruction (net fishing/katiska/angling depending on the time and weather)
- Kayaking trip and kayaking safety training and rescue training 2-4 h (weather permitting)
- We practice chop the fire pit and lighting a fire, setting up camp and overnight in a tent, a shed and a hut.
- SUP-boarding/pacraft excursion (weather reservation 2 h)
- Batch food preparation for lunch every day
- Sauna every day

Additional Services 
- camping equipment rental for an additional price
(Sleeping bags, tents etc.)

Food in the Wilderness
We prepare food together for lunch every day on an open fire or in a camping stove from seasonal wild herbs/mushrooms/berries and fresh fish (depending on the season).

We will taste the region's cultural-historical delicacies, such as the basic dishes of a slash-and-burn farmer: turnips and other root vegetables, Talkkuna powder (made from coarsely ground grain. The grain is barley, rye or oats), wild herb flavored barley and rye berry porridge.

We will learn the following basic skills of a wilderness cooking:
- Smoking the fish and different ways cook the fish on an open fire
- Baking on an open fire
- Cooking with embers and ashes
- The use of the smoker and  the camping stove in food preparation

During the camp, we catch fresh fish and, if possible, we collect natural foods such as wild vegetables, mushrooms or berries, which we use in cooking.

Trainers: canoeing guide, wild herb and mushroom advisor Anne Hyvärinen, company Savon Amatsonia 

Anne Hyvärinen has trained as a canoeing guide in 2015, has worked as a nature tourism teacher and canoeing entrepreneur, and as a tourism safety trainer. Anne has completed teacher's pedagogical studies and taught tourism at a university of applied sciences and a vocational college.

Esa Niiranen is the director of Savon Amatsonia and a passionate fishing enthusiast.

Departure at Koli

Hiking tour at Koli National Park
Snack lunch
Accommodation in Koli area. 

Biking tours at Koli trails
snack lunch 
Accommodation in Koli

Wellness day
Sauna treatments 
Accommodation in Koli

Arrive arrival in Joensuu
Guided tour in Joensuu
Accommodation in Joensuu

Departure. Time to say hei, hei.

Price: from 1600€/person 
Incl. Accommodation in cottage. Full board, activities according to the program. Transportation Local guide.
Women's camping skills weekend: The price includes accommodation in the Kotakylä area in the huts or own tents, fishing permits, use of canoes, sub-boards and packcraft kayaks, and the possibility of sauna every evening. The area a panoramic hut, composting toilets, showers and saunas. It is possible to charge mobile phones during the camp.

The tour is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility. 
We reserve all the rights to change the program if necessary due to weather conditions.
Travelinsurence: not included package. We recommend taking out travel insurance before the trip.