Erasmus adventures in Jyväskylä, Finland

Leivonmäki national park canoe tour

I decided to go with my friend Tatu for 2 days canoe tour organized by local company Tavinsulka. The destination was Leivonmäki national park, about 40 km from Jyväskylä.

Three people didn´t show up, so then we went only 3 in total. The weather was cloudy and quite cold (about 5°C), but at least it was not raining 🙂

National park in the autumn

We did some canoying, had lunch and then just before the darkness came we arrived to our destination – small island in the middle of the lake. There was a laavu and wood shelter on the island. We started to cut the wood, made a fire and then an amazing dinner.

Laavu on our small island

I loved many advices and tips about being in the nature from our guide who seemed to be very experienced with staying in the nature, acting accordingly there, … For example when I was cutting the wood, he came to me and told me to make some wooden plates 🙂

Better than in a restaurant 🙂

For the dinner we had reindeer steaks fried with pear and fried potatoes. All eaten from my wooden plates and as we were only 3, we ate whole 1 kg of that meat 🙂 Also the guide told us that it´s really fresh – the reindeer was still alive by the time when we applied! 🙂 As a desert we had pancakes with jam and vanilla sauce.

It was really interesting feeling to be outside the whole time when it is getting dark even though it is quite early. Originally I was supposed to sleep in a tent, but then I decided to try to sleep in laavu for the first time. Well, maybe not the best weather for that (0-2°C during the night), but it definitelly worthed it! 🙂

Waking up in the morning like this is charming

On Sunday we crossed the lake and had about 2 hours long hiking trip in forests of this national park and after the lunch went back home.

It was really awesome experience. Canoying, staying in the nature, many various life-in-nature-hacks, etc. One thing I liked already from the description of the tour was, that active participation of everybody was expected. So even though equipment and food was provided, it was not supposed to be trip with all the services and everybody always did something. By this the experience of staying in the nature was really authentic and much more impressive experience! 🙂