Saimaa Canoeing Services

Our canoeing centre is located in Hanhiniitty in the Saimaa archipelago, surrounded by excellent canoeing options and waterways to Savonlinna, Mikkeli and Lappeenranta. Saimaa Canoeing Services offers independent and guided canoeing trips of various lengths, from short tours in the nearby archipelago to longer adventures on Saimaa.

Canoeing courses

Our canoeing courses are the perfect way to take up an excellent hobby.
Join a basic introductory canoeing course:

15 – 16 June 2018
27 – 28 July 2018
24 – 25 August 2018

Guided tours

are a safe way to get started without worrying about navigation. You can just concentrate on paddling and enjoying the surroundings.

A Summer Night’s Paddle

Experience the mystical atmosphere of a night-time canoe trip in the Saimaa archipelago. We use open canoes and paddle at a leisurely pace suitable for the weather and the participants’ level of fitness. We also stop for a snack break on the lakeshore. No previous canoeing experience is required. If you have previously kayaked, you can opt for a kayak instead.

Price EUR 85 (includes instruction, gear, coffee/tea and a sandwich)

Departures from Hanhiniitty on Thursdays 14 June – 9 August 2018 at 8:00 PM.


Good Morning Paddle Trip – A rejuvenating and calming start for a holiday or a workday 

Summer mornings in the Saimaa region are magical. When nature has awakened but most people are still asleep, we meet at Sahanlahti Bay by Lake Kaitajärvi. At 7:00 AM we head out in the quiet of Kaitajärvi in open canoes. The trip, including preparations, is about two hours long. After the trip you can relax in a wood-heated sauna on the lakeshore and take a swim. After canoeing and a sauna, the abundant breakfast at Sahanlahti will taste better than ever and your mind will be sharp and calm.

Price EUR 98 (includes instruction, canoeing gear, sauna and breakfast).

Departure from Sahanlahti in Puumala at 7:00 AM on Wednesdays 13 June – 29 August 2018.

If you would rather paddle on your own, we rent kayaks, canoes and trekking gear and help you plan your trip.


Contact details

Hanhiniityn Paja
Ylössaarentie 84, Puumala
+358 (0)40 740 1831