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Lakeland Explorer E-Bike Tour

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Day 1: Cycling through protected wetlands and bird habitats

Pass By: Vanhankaupunginkoski, 00560 Helsinki, Finland
We kindly ask you to arrive at our office at 8:30 in the morning, so we can prepare your ebikes and other equipment. When everything is set, you will start the tour and head for the Viikki nature sanctuary and arboretum. Before you enter the protected area, have lunch by the Vanhakaupunki rapids. This is where Helsinki was founded in year 1550. Viikki is an important bird watching site and home to more than 300 species of shrubs and trees. Climb a bird watching tower and take some pictures! After Viikki the trail follows Eastern Helsinki shoreline, often just meters from the sea. Stop for a coffee in old Puotila mansion. In the afternoon you will arrive in Sipoo River delta. There’s a kayak rental service here. Overnight in Söderkulla area.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: B&B in Söderkulla area

Day 2: Cycle through coastal landscapes and farmlands to Porvoo

Pass By: Porvoo Old Town, Jokikatu and Mannerheiminkatu, Porvoo 06100 Finland
In the morning you will cycle north along Sipoo River. If it’s a warm day, you may want to stop by Lake Pilvijärvi. There is a delifghtful small beach and swimming is possible. In Sipoo town be sure to visit cafe Kaksi Verantaa for the special atmosphere and delicious pastry. Also some good lunch restaurants near town center. Journey continues through countryside towns towards Porvoo. Just before Porvoo the trail takes you to a small harbour by the Baltic Sea. It’s nice to have an ice cream and watch the boats come and go. Ride along Porvoo river and arrive right at the center of town. You will have plenty of time to walk around old town, which is one the National Landscapes of Finland. Overnight in Porvoo area.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: B&B in Porvoo

Day 3: National landscapes in Porvoo River valley

Pass By: Loviisa Market Square, Kauppatori, Loviisa 07900 Finland
Morning starts with nice cycling along the beautiful Porvoo River valley. Just before Koskenkylä, have lunch in a big ABC gas station. Still riding near the coast, you will cycle past Suur-Sarvilahti mansion to Loviisa, a bustling summer town next to Baltic sea. Check out the Laivasilta area by the harbour for food, drink and people. Overnight in Loviisa area.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: B&B in Loviisa

Day 4: Old ironworks in Ruotsinpyhtää

Pass By: Stromforsin ruukki, Ruukintie 10 07970, Ruotsinpyhtaa 07970 Finland
The old ironworks in Ruotsinpyhtää has developed into a lively area with cafes and artisan shops. Well worth visiting. Then head north towards Myllykoski and other industrialization era towns. They were all built along the Kymijoki river to process wood and pulp. There are some nice and cozy homestays and B&B's in this area. Overnight south of Kouvola.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: B&B in Kouvola area

Day 5: Lakes and Unesco Heritage Sites

Pass By: World Heritage Site - Verla Groundwood and Board Mill, Verlantie 295 Verla, Kouvola 47850 Finland
In the morning you will cycle along Kouvola’s outskirts. Stop in Iitti or 30 km later in Jaala for lunch and supplies (snacks) for day 6. (TIP: A very Finnish thing would be to buy sausages and grill them on open fire in Repovesi park. Wood and sites for grilling are provided. You need matches and sausages.) After Jaala the route takes you to Verla, on old cardboard factory and a Unesco Heritage Site. Wander around and check out the small shops and museum. Also a cafe here. Overnight south of Repovesi National Park.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: B&B south of Repovesi

Day 6: Cycling in Repovesi National Park forest roads

Pass By: Repovesi National Park, Kuismantie 990, Kouvola Finland
Now it’s time for Repovesi National Park. Take some snacks and water and go easy on the battery! The trail twists between small lakes and steep forested hills. You might hear the typical call of the red-throated diver. Keep an eye on the old woods; there is a healthy flying squirrel population here. A quiet gravel road takes you up to Mouhu, from where it’s about 3km to a nice summer café called Linkkumylly. If your running low on power, top up the battery here. Continue to Mäntyharju. Art center Salmela has interesting exhibitions. As for architecture, the wooden church is the second largest in Finland.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: B&B in Mäntyharju

Day 7: Cycle along the "Green Gold" cultural heritage road

Pass By: Ristiinan kirkko, Kissalammentie 2, Ristiina 52300 Finland
First you will cycle to Ristiina, along the "Road of Green Gold". Ristiina town is surrounded by water on three sides. Small boat harbour is busy in summer time and the nearby walking bridge takes you to a swimming beach. The hills in Linnanniemi offer good views over the Lake Yövesi. Gränna summer café is enchanting and the buns are delicious. After lunch head east. Anttola village is situated on an isthmus with lakes on east and west sides. “Poiju” restaurant has nice views over the water. Overnight in Anttola area.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Anttola

Day 8: Scenic road to heart of Lakeland

Pass By: Puumala harbor, Satamatie 2, 52200 Puumala, Finland
Buy some cinnamon buns from the local bakery and head east. At 30 km is a perfect resting point: the legendary Pistohiekka area has beautiful beaches, a dancehall and a summer café, where you can buy some basic food. Continue to Puumala town. This area is a real hot spot for summer vacationers. You can choose from swimming, sauna, SUP and canoes, etc. Ask for specifics from the town center tourist info. Most of the action is by the bridge and harbour. Be sure to visit the Saimaa Lounge roof top terrace. It’s a great place to watch the boats pass by. Overnight in Puumala area.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Lodging in Puumala area

Day 9: Remote gravel roads to Sulkava rowing capital of Finland

Pass By: Pisamalahti Hill Fort, Linnavuorentie 306, 58700 Sulkava, Finland
Now you will cycle to Sulkava through islands Viljakansaari and Partalansaari. There are some bridges and a ferry on the way. Not many facilities here, so bring snacks. Irina’s village store might be open. By contrast, Sulkava itself is a lively place. Walk around the old wooden houses in Uitonrinne. The neighbourhood also has a harbour and a rowing stadium, as Sulkava hosts every July the world’s largest rowing competition called Sulkavan Suursoudut. Overnight in Sulkava area.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: B&B in Sulkava

Day 10: Savonlinna and medieval castle

Pass By: Savonlinna Market Square, Kauppatori, Savonlinna 57130 Finland
Cycle along very small roads to Savonlinna. At Pihlajanlahti (15km) there might be a kiosk open. Savonlinna is built on islands so you won’t be far from water anywhere here. Head straight for the famous market place in town centre, by the harbour. It’s easy to get into summer vibes here. Taste smoked vendace (“muikku”), “lörtsy” and “möttönen”, just to name a few local delicacies. Local craft beers can be sampled in restaurant Panimoravintola Huvila. Top attraction is probably castle Olavinlinna from the 15th century. Every July it hosts an international opera festival, “Savonlinnan Oopperajuhlat”. Spa-hotel Casino rents SUP-boards, canoes, kayaks, electric outboard motors and rowing boats. Overnight in Savonlinna area.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel in Savonlinna

Day 11: Worlds largest wooden church

Pass By: Kerimaki Church, Kerimaentie, Kerimaki 58200 Finland
Cycling east, you'll arrive in Kerimäki village. Check out the size of the wooden church, it's the world's largest. Continue through peaceful countryside to the legendary Punkaharju Isthmus. It's a protected nature habitat with beautiful beaches, islands and some of the tallest trees in Finland. Overnight in isthmus area.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hotel on Punkaharju Isthmus

Day 12: Backroads near Russian border

Pass By: Siikalahti Wetland, Kaukolantie Parikkala, Parikkala 59100 Finland
Continue cycling on the isthmus for a bit, then head on gravel roads towards the Russian border. Stop for refreshments in Röksä village store, oldest in Finland. The road takes you within 1km of the border, then you turn towards Parikkala train station. Catch the train to Helsinki. What a tour!

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Haagan pappilantie, 00320 Helsinki, Finland
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Duration
12 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 11x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 11 nights
  • High-quality electric bike
  • All bike equipment (bags, bottles, helmets, tools, etc.)
  • GPS navigator
  • Technical support
  • Pre-planned route
  • Train tickets from Parikkala to Helsinki
Exclusions
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Baggage transfers (not needed with e-bikes!)
  • Personal insurances
  • Meals or drinks (breakfast is incl.)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Normal cycling skills needed
  • Max weight 120kg
  • Age 12-65 years
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
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By: Happy eBikers
42 Reviews
605shelleyn
70
Great introduction to Helsinki even if you don't normally bike
My husband and I did the "Helsinki E-Bike Tour for Cruise Passengers." It was three hours. Our guide met us at the cruise terminal and walked with us to the bikes nearby. We were joined by one other couple. We were a pretty short group but he had sized the bikes perfectly for us. Helmet fit me well. He also had gloves for us which were appreciated. It was a little cold and the handlebars wear on the hands a little. The bikes were easy to learn how to use. None of us had difficulties operating them. There were lots of separate bike lanes away from traffic which I liked. Only occasionally did we need to venture into the street with the cars but never felt unsafe. Lots of great sights of the Baltic Sea, some local sights, and parks. There was some really pretty park areas with a lot of trees that made me wish for a GoPro. We had two stops for snacks / bathrooms. Cubicle-dweller is my normal lifestyle so the motor assist was greatly appreciated in the last hour of the ride!
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Don K
McKinney, Texas
53
Great tour of Helsinki
Great overview of Helsinki. The bikes were awesome and provided a great way of seeing the city and some of the parks. It did rain a little bit at the end but we had a wonderful tour. My wife has some knee problems but the ebikes makes allow her to enjoy the outing without straining her knee.
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Koalatraveler1234
50
Excellent way to see Helsinki
Wonderful way to see a lot of beautiful parts of Helsinki. We realized how rich nature this city has. The guide who owns the business is enthusiastic to his job and he maintains the bicycles in a very good condition.
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BulliLilly
bulli
40
Lovely way to see more of Helsinki
We really enjoyed our afternoon of cycling with Matti. The bikes were excellent and we covered quite a bit of territory, rode through some lovely nature and saw Helsinki through the eyes of a local. Would definitely recommend this trip.
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JonnoOz
Wollstonecraft, Australia
40
A great way to see Helsinki!
A lovely way to spend the afternoon cycling along the meandering cycle tracks around Helsinki. 3 hours accompanied by the founder of the company himself, you see a wealth of this wonderful city from cycle-friendly vistas and share his passion for his hometown at dedicated stops. My first experience of riding an E bike, and was great fun🙏!
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Michele B
10
Fantastic afternoon bike
I can thoroughly recommend this bike trip - a really great way to see parts of Helsinki that I wouldnt easily have been able to see on a weekend break. The guide was very friendly, helpful and informative and I loved every minute of it! Thank you! Would highly recommend to bikers and non-bikers.
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FamFeliz
Santiago, Chile
61
Sun, wind, rain and more
Really nice cycling tour on great e-bikes. Amazing space, woods and winding coastline so close to Helsinki. Thank you Matti for a very enjoyable trip and your stories about Finland and its ecological developments.
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David4746
Kula, Hawaii
50
Great ride around Helsinki
Matti was a great guide and had terrific bikes - we had a delightful 3 hour ride around Helsinki - the islands , parks, residential areas - perfect introduction to Helsinki. We booked it online - and Matti met us st the cruise ship s the bikes Would highly recommend Happy EBikers!
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Jeremy R
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
83
Brilliant afternoon cycling tour
This was a fantastic guided cycle tour of Helsinki and the surrounding forests, wetlands, islands and the city itself. Both my friend and I are experienced cyclists (and hadn’t ridden Ebikes before) but we found them to be really responsive, fun and easy to ride. I would thoroughly recommend this activity for anyone who can ride a bike - the Ebikes make it very ‘easy’ (and they’re a ‘game changer’ when going up the short ‘hills.’) The terrain is varied and the variety of scenery and landscapes is Finland through and through
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Sheila N
Princeton, New Jersey
113
Wonderful way to experience Helsinki and beyond!
My husband and I spent 4 amazing hours biking with Matti along beautiful wooded trails, past community gardens, along marinas and beaches, across bridges, past notable landmarks, and on and on. Such a wonderful afternoon and we now have bragging rights for having seen Helsinki and beyond in a way few people get to! Can’t say enough about it!
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Tis L
Groningen Province, The Netherlands
76
Great!
Great tour, beautiful scenery and good bikes. Very nice tour. Me and my wife really enjoyed! Thanks a lot!
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Olafurb1978
Reykjavik, Iceland
72
A great way to experience the nature around Helsinki as well as places tourists don't usually go!
Me and my wife had a great experience with our guide Matti! He made sure we knew when and where to meet and once we arrived the bikes were ready. The three of us biked for 34 km but it was very easy due to the e-bikes that were fantastic. Saw nature reserve, islands and forrest around Helsinki. Went by beautiful paths to the centre of Helsinki and back. Did not need to think on the way and Matti told us things on history as well as the Fin way of living. Would recommend this tour to people that want to experience something different in Helsinki!
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vikesfan2019
Bismarck, North Dakota, USA
10
Matti's amazing bike tours in Finland and Spain!
We simply had an amazing experience in July, 2019 with happy ebikers, its owner Matti, the bikes, the accommodations, the cultural and culinary stops recommended by Matti, and just about everything else about our bike tour. First, a little background. We are an American married couple in our 50s and love to incorporate bicycles in our travels. We are not hard core bikers, but we ride regularly at home and take our bikes with us on most trips because they are such a good way to really explore and avoid the hassles of driving once we arrive at our destination We were meeting friends in Helsinki and had some extra time to explore more of Finland. We found happy ebikers by searching for bike tours in Finland, followed up via emails with owner Matti, and ended up scheduling a 9-day tour in the Finnish archipelago, a series of islands in the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden. Many things contributed to the success of our bike tour but, by far, the most important part was the passion, experience, and hard work of happy ebikers owner, Matti. His communication from the start was timely and thorough, anticipating our questions and providing all the information we needed and more. When we arrived at his shop to pick our bikes on the first day of our tour, Matti sat down with us and provided an organized discussion of what we could expect during our trip. He gave us a Garmin GPS with our route programmed into the device and rode with us to the train station, leaving us confident and well-equipped for a 9-day adventure alone, in a country we’d never been before. And we had an absolute blast! Most importantly, Matti designed a tour with perfect pacing. A 50km ride one day in remote, rural areas and short ferry trips where we were the only passengers, would be followed the next day with a ride through villages and stops at markets and cafés and a large ferry with over a hundred passengers. At the end of the day, we’d be curious and excited to see where Matti had reserved us a room. Will it be a remote farmhouse, a modern hotel in the middle of a buzzing downtown, a resort lodge on the sea, with yachts and sailboats docked outside our window, or a 150-year-old rural hospital converted into a quiet luxury hotel next to a lake? We experienced all of these and many more amazing accommodations, thanks to Matti’s careful planning and commitment to providing the best tour possible for his clients. Matti and happy ebikers provide bike tour services all over Finland in the summer and in Spain during the winters. We give them our highest recommendation!
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Bas2711
10
Highly recommended!
When booking the tour, the owner, Matti, was super responsive and caring. He made a special tour for the five of us which included both the East and West tours. On the day itself, he got us off and going in no time. He had even arranged for waterbottles on this warm day! The bicycles are high quality and well maintained. Everything functioned effortlessly, including the Garmin GPS. The tour itself gave us a wonderful impression of Helsinki and its surroundings. The weather was splendid and we had a fantastic day. Thank you Matti!
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C-Ztravels1
80
Fantastic
Arriving by uber it looks like an apartment building, but their office is located there. I cannot say enough great things about Matti (owner). We arrived over 30 minutes early, and he immediately got us ready for our trip and started. The ride was scenic and amazing, traveling through the forest, along the seaside, bird watching overlook, and through the city to see some of the popular buildings, and even stopping for a nice lunch at a very quaint cafe (burger was fantastic). This was our first time using Ebikes, and they are great. For the atheletically-inclined people, you don’t have to use the motor for more of a workout. For us less fit folks, the motors are great as they help you propel more easily without fatigue. For nature lovers and those who want to see something beyond the city buildings, I highly recommend this tour.
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