Experience the versatile waters of Central Finland in a kayak or a canoe! The Wanha Witonen route includes it all: lovely lakes, rivers and small rapids.
This canoe trail lets you experience the best of Central Finland's countryside from our beautiful waterways. You will pass through tranquil lakes and rivers as well as get some excitement in the small rapids along the way. The start of the route takes you past the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petäjävesi Old Church.
Towards the end, the rural landscape changes into the riverside view of the town of Jämsä and you'll also pass some steep cliffs. The route got its name "Wanha Witonen" (Old Fiver) from an old 5 markka banknote (1909) which was designed by world-famous architect Eliel Saarinen. He got his inspiration for the drawing with a man rowing a boat on the lake close to Jämsä where the exact spot comes to view.
The route description was created in the #Keski-Suomen retkeilyreitit maailmankartalle project, funded by Central Finland's Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.
Check out Petäjävesi Old Church - a UNESCO World Heritage site - before beginning your canoe trip!
The difficulty level of the rapids varies according to the water level. It is highly recommended that you go ashore before shooting a rapid and check the safe passage beforehand. The water level in the rapids is usually at its lowest in July.
Note that canoes or kayaks made of fibreglass are not recommended because of the rocky bottoms of the rapids.
Plastic kayaks and canoes are recommended for the route because of the rapids, where there are quite a few rocks.
You can also divide the Wanha Witonen canoeing route into shorter stages if necessary; there are several slipways. There is also accommodation and other services available along the route.
The Wanha Witonen Canoe Trail begins at Kirveslahti jetty, Petäjävesi. There is parking space available next to the jetty. However, you can also begin your canoeing trip from other places along the route where there are slipways. Equipment can be rented e.g. from Kievari Rantapirtti or Eräopaspalvelu Talvi, who also offer transportation services to the beginning and end of the route.
Possible starting points:
Parking space is available at Kirveslahti jetty, Petäjävesi. Note that there is very limited parking space available at the other possible starting points.