Thanks to its vast network of lakes, Punkaharju is an ideal canoeing destination. You can go island hopping, explore secluded coves and admire the ridges from your canoe. The safe canoeing trails run carefully along the shores of Lake Pihlajavesi in Saimaa and the crystal clear waters of Lake Puruvesi.
Petrinsaari island, the essential canoeing destination in Puruvesi, can be reached from the Naaranlahti holiday resort, which is located in the eastern part of Punkaharju, while the historic Kongonsaari island can be reached from Tynkkylän Lomaniemi farm, located in the southern part of Punkaharju. Kayaks can be hired from the Harjun Portti tourist centre which also offer assistance for novices. Kayaks and kanoes can also be hired from several accommodation companies. For more information about canoe hire, please refer to the back cover.
You can download maps for canoeing here.
Punkaharju offers boaters a leisurely and relaxed atmosphere. You can hire a rowing or motor boat from one of the holiday resorts or go on a guided boat tour.
Tips for cycling trips
Cycling is an ideal way to explore the landscapes and sights of Punkaharju. This brochure includes tips about the two main trails, both of which have varying lengths and offer dozens of different experiences.
What could be a better way to explore the wonders of Punkaharju than on horseback! At the Mannila stalls everybody can ride – both amateurs and experienced riders. You can take a riding lesson or go on a long or short trail ride, according to your own skills.
Riding services are available all year round and in the summertime Mannila stalls offer riding lessons and camps for adults just as well as kids. Riding packages for different types of groups are also available.
A park that combines history, culture, breathtaking views and ecological exercise.
Nordic walking is the ideal way to experience Punkaharju at its best in the summer, and to make exploring easier for you, we have put together a range of trails over varying terrain. All the trails can be easily accessed from the area’s tourist resorts, most of which also have Nordic walking poles available for hire.