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Finland Lake Saimaa

Discussion in 'Forest Knights' started by Wayne, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. Wayne

    Wayne BCUK Welfare Officer
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    That worked in preview.

    Every year we run one or two trips to Finland. Usually one in the south combining canoeing and bushcraft skills. This a great trip for those wanting to venture further afield but lack the experience and confidence to tackle a more remote wilderness trip in Canada. Our other trip is generally in the Finnish arctic in winter honing our winter survival skills and enjoying camping at minus 25-35C.

    This years canoe trip was in September. I took out a group from Ireland.

    The first night is usually in a nature cabin to unwind from the days travelling with a sauna and a dip in the lake.

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    Our Cabin.

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    I decided to leave the group to their camp chores and to have their team meeting. Time to do some wildlife watching. I was lucky enough to see to Saimaa seals and the northern lights from the canoe.

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    a lovely location to teach spoon carving.

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    A spot of history.

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    Anntola the beginning and end of our canoe journey.

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    Well the weather had to change eventually.


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    Forest Knights next trip will be 28th May - 5th June.
     
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    Ah so nice
    On my wishlist Finland.
     
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    That's cool Wayne, looks like a great trip. Were there biting insects? I love the idea of so many things and places but get put off by the thought of mozzies, gnats and horseflies (got bitten last night at Keiths farm here in west wales and it's November! gnats did me about 5 times :mosquitos::aargh4:)
     
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    Beautiful area. Was there in 2001. Is that Savonlinna castle in one of the pictures?

    And I am of to Finland next week; the south first and then Kuopio.
     
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    Well spotted Ron. It is Savonlina Castle. We worth a visit if your in the area.

    Tony. There were very few biting insects in September so you should survive in your shorts.
     
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    Been there already. Travelled along Finland's southern coast from Turku via Tampere and Helsinki to Savonlinna, then to Joensuu, Kajaani to Rovaniemi and then to Kiruna in Sweden.
     
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    Sounds like a great trip.

    Did you get across to Abisko National Park when you got to Kiruna? Well wprth a wander.
     
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    We did actually, but did not stop there. We were heading toward the Lofoten and after a couple of days headed south on the E6 to enter Sweden again east of Kongsvinger (just to the NE of Oslo).
     

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