Saturday, June 29, 2019

Kayaking on Lake Vuoksi, June 2019

Kayaking on Lake Vuoksi, June 2019.

This year our inland tour started and ended in Savonlinna. We paddled on Lake Pihlajavesi.
I paddled alone for the first three days after which a couple of friends also joined in. Paddled a total distance of 215 kilometers in 6 days.

Click on the first picture to start.








It was late when I started from Savonlinna but this time of the year it's light almost all the time. After four hours paddling I found a camping site at Taikinasaari.



Next morning was rainy. The first bridge of many at Punkaharju: Hirvensalmi.



Bridge at Tuunaansalmi.



Visitor center Harjun Portti, this time in a kayak.



Kivisilta at Punkaharju.



Bridge at Punkasalmi.



The harbour of Puruveden Yacht Club. Had a lunchbreak in Punkasalmi.



A part of the Salpa Line at Kongonsaari. The Salpa Line was built 1940 near the eastern border to defend against a possible Soviet invasion.



Yes, this could be a possible a campsite.



Northern end of Pieni Haukisaari. The sun is now shining.



A short coffeebreak at Salosensalmi.



Pitkäsalmi "hole" looks like a heart.



A finnish dream: an island of Your own.



Vekaransalmi. A bridge under construction.



The Rowing Stadium at Sulkava.



Sulkava church.



Camping site at Juuvinsaari.



Viittaansalmi.



Savonlinna in sight.



Joined by fellow kayakers; Tom, Mikael, Olle and Jan. All with Seabird kayaks!



Calm.



The Bishops summer place, Satamoniemi.



Kokonselkä, the wind is increasing.



A short siesta at Syrjäispää.



Before starting, a quick glance at the map.



The Finnish Steam Yacht Association had a place of their own at Laukonsaari.



This tour came to the end in Savonlinna. We will return next summer.

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