A self guided canoeing tour on Tar – route

This water route was already used by hundreds of tar rowers, when they transported tar by boats a century ago to be sold in Oulu, from where it was transported further for the use of English and German merchant fleets.

Programme information

Kausi:

1.6. -30.9.

Paikka:

Kuhmo Eastern Finland

Kesto:

4 - 20 days

Henkilöt:

1 -30

Hinta:

140 €/tandem canoe/ 4 days , + 25 € / extra days

Yksittäinen hinta: Hintaan sisältyy:

Rent incl. Paddles, life jackets, waterproof containers, canoeing map and assistance in planning your route.

Price / person
starting from

75 €

Season

Summer

Detailed programme

Day programmes / Route description:
The canoeing route runs mainly on small lakes, which have short rapids and river sections between them. There isn’t much settlement or cottages on the shores and thus there are many landing places to choose from. Lake Lentua has numerous protected islands on which it’s possible to have a break by a camp fire or to stay overnight in a lean-to. One island also has a shelter cabin and smoke sauna. On lake Ontojärvi the most islands are also preserved from building. Almost all lakes along the route have landing places where one can cook or stay overnight. By the route there are numerous suitable places to start or end the trip.

Description of difficulty:
You can start the trip on lake Änättijärvi and thus the distance to the most demanding rapids Änättikoski is about 15 km. The rapids are severe and under high flow conditions difficult for an open canoe. The rapids classification is I – II depending on water level. It’s easy to bypass most of the rapids. If the tour is started on lake Lentiirajärvi, Änättikoski most difficult rapids to bypass can be avoided. After that there is the river Lentiirajoki and lake Iivantiirajärvi. The rapids Vuonteenkoski and Kaarneenkoski are situated between lakes Iivantiirajärvi and Lentua and the rapids Vuonteenkoski (classification I – II) can be easily bypassed by land and the rapids Kaarneenkoski can be bypassed using an old way on the shore made for tar rowing and log floating. The most magnificent rapids are the Lentuankoski (II), which can be easily bypassed. The rapids Pikku-Lentuankoski are easy to paddle, but it can also be bypassed by a built wharf on the shore. By lake Lammasjärvi there is the town of Kuhmo. Quite in the middle of the town there are the rapids Pajakkakoski ( II) and the last rapids near lake Ontojärvi are the rapids Saarikoski (II), after which the waters are regulated. If you want to paddle until Oulu, you have to pass 12 water-power stations

Good to know

Transfer to/from start point from Kuhmo 80 – 120 € /1 – 8 persons

Pricelist for extra equipments 2016:
Tent (2 -3 persons) 5 €/night 30 €/week
Sleeping bag + matress 5 €/night 25 €/week
Trangia camping burner set 5 €/day 20 €/week
Fishing equipments 5/€ day 20 €/week
Fishing lisence 15 €/ week

How to reach:
Kajaani airport and railway station ca. 100 km.

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A self guided canoeing tour on Tar – route

Price / person starting from

75 €

Season

Summer

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