Beauty and clean waters of Lake Konnevesi are amazing by this easy 3 km kayaking trail around Kivisalmi bridge, barbeque kiosk and harbour in Southern Konnevesi National Park.
The tour of Kivisalmi takes place in breathtakingly stunning scenery. Next to the old stone bridge, you can visit the Flight Accident Memorial. When you look at the northern horizon from the Kiviniemi bridge, you can see that eternity meets the present moment.
The monument to the plane crashes was erected in Kivisalmi in 2015 to commemorate two Finnish bombers who fell in the Winter and Continuation Wars between Finland and Russian. During the Winter War of 1939, the BL-110 bomber got lost in a snowstorm and was destroyed after colliding with a cliff in Hämeenniemi, South Konnevesi. Three Finnish soldiers died. During the Continuation War in 1941, the DB-14 bomber fell into a downward spiral during a test flight and fell into South Konnevesi between Lokkisaari and Honkasaari. Both the pilot and the observer died.
The national park is accessible from the Kivisalmi harbour. It is a good starting point for boating to Konnevesi.
There are cruises to the National Park of Southern Konnevesi from Häyrylänranta in Konnevesi village: https://luontopalvelut.com/the-fleet/
The route can be challenging in strong north winds.
A canoe is more difficult to control in the wind than a kayak because it has more wind surface, so a kayak is clearly a better option in open water.
The route requires basic kayaking and map reading skills. In windy weather, the route is challenging and it is not always possible to paddle all the way to round. The weather may change quickly, so it is necessary to follow the weather forecasts.
Read more about Southern Konnevesi National Park.
By car: Kivisalmi is located along the main road 69, in the strait connecting North and South Konnevesi. Kivisalmi located 19 km from Konnevesi, and 16 km from Rautalammi.
By boat to Kivisalmi (Rautalammintie 1935, Konnevesi) : Kivisalmi has a boat ramp which is owned by the municipality of Konnevesi.
There is parking lot in Kivisalmi harbour.
Include: towel, change of clothes, sunglasses and headgear, as well as footwear that is not slippery on wet stones (canoe slippers). Avoid laces on your shoes especially if you paddle in a kayak so your feet don’t get caught in the pedals. Canoeing equipment can be rented from the KalajaRetkeily.