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    Default Down the Jongunjoki

    I have just got back from a trip down the Jongunjoki river as well as the Pankasaari route in the East of Finland the yesterday with friends from South Africa & Australia.Since joining S.O.T.P I have been inundated with people enquering about paddling options here in Finland and so I have decided to give you an extensive trip plan as well as all the necessary details you would need to paddle this area in the future.It is true wilderness in the sense of the word in fact 80% of Finland's rivers are found in Wilderness areas.
    Many of you have been asking to go on routes not heavily populated by other paddlers well actually here in Finland it is rare to spend 7 days paddling and come across more than 10 people the whole trip.On this run we saw 8 people and 3 of those were fly-fishermen.

    So, with so many enquiries about (What? & Where are the best routes? especially for 2 weektrips) these last few months Lena & I have decided and are at present in the process
    of producing,Designing and researching a web site for you all to access and use which will be posted in S.O.T.P in the next month or so as well as on the NET..It will cover Finland
    region by region,with 5 main paddling routes for rivers & lakes (per region) with all the maps (Or where to acquire them),campsites,outfitters,travel,accommodation,la ws &
    regulations,qualified usable guides (if needed),Links to other useful sites here in Finland so just bare with us for a
    while.

    The River Jongunjoki feeds into the Vuoksi waterway.This beautiful 70km long river is ideal for novices & accomplished paddlers, as the rapids are between grade 1 & 2 with a few grade 3 thrown in as well.The Pankasaari route is another 75km on top of that and is largely flat water paddling..





    Description of the Jongunjoki & Pankasaari canoeing route

    CANOEING ROUTE


    JONKERI 2 starting places. An old starting place just beside the road. Parking place, privy, campfire site. A waste container (just two containers on the route). The ground holes in the other rest sites are not in use – don’t leave any litters to the nature! About 200 m upstream from the main road there is a new, good starting place. A shelter, table and seats, warehouse, firewood shed, campfire site, put-in /take-out point for canoes, jetty and a privy. No parking for a long time ! Fishing permit for the water courses of Jonkeri required (first 3,5 km).

    0.5 km Myllykoski rapid. Easy. The river empties into a lake, where one should keep first to the left, then to the right and then again to the left.

    2,0 km Weir below Lake Alannejärvi. The weir is best passed from the left. In low water, a river-bottom platform below the weir may warrant partage, otherwise an easy rapid.

    2.5 km Vääräkoski rapid 150 m/2 m (grade l). Easy.

    3.5 km Rajakoski rapid 180 m/2 m (grade ll). Very rocky. Border of the fishing corporation. Fishing permit of the Finnish Forest and Park Service required (for the first 47 km, to the Saarikoski rapid).

    4,0 km Kangaskoski rapid 160 m/1.9 m (grade ll). Inspection is essential. This rocky rapid falls sharply. Keep close to the right bank. The river empties into the Lake Pieni Kangasjärvi. Paddle first towards the south, then to the right. A forest lorry road about 300 m towads west from the northern part of the lake.

    5,0 km Välisahi 90 m/0.3 m (grade l). Rocks in both the upper and lower sections of the rapid. The river empties into the Lake Kangasjärvi, paddle straight across the lake for 800 m and then to the left. A forest lorry road about 200 m towards north-west.

    6,0 km Rest site of the Lake Kangasjärvi in the southern part of the lake (on the left side, before the weir). Campfire site, privy, firewood shed. A marked path to the forest lorry road (400 m towards east from the rest site).

    6,0 km The weir below the lake is best passed from the left. Inspection is essential, because at low water level the weir and partly submerged boulders below it may tip off a novice canoeist. A marked hiking path.

    6,0 km Tammikoski rapid 100 m/1.9 m (grade l). Rocky.

    7,0 km Kangaskoski rapid 1000 m/11 m (grade ll). Fairly rocky and fast flowing. In spate, spray deck is essential. Inspection is difficult – 1 km tangle of fallen trees.

    8,0 km Jokipolvenkoski rapid 120 m/2 m (grade l).

    9,0 km Suolajoki rapid 140 m/2.2 m (grade l). A difficult rock obstruction in the lower section of the rapid. A bridge for the hikers. After the rapid river Suolajoki is joining to river Jongunjoki. A forest lorry road about 550 m towards west.

    9.5 km Siltakoski rapid 280 m/3.2 m (grade l). Some rocks, particularly in the lower section of the rapid. About 100 m before the end of the rapid (on the left side) a rest site at Siltakoski. Campfire site, permanent lean-to, privy, firewood shed, spring. A path from the rest site towards east to the end of the forest lorry road (about 750 m).

    11,0 km Upper section of the Hiidenportti rapid 120 m/1 m (grade l). At the beginning of summer the upper and lower sections of the rapid form one continuously flowing rapid.

    Hiidenportti rapid 350 m/5 m (grade ll-lll, in spate). Fast flowing, short and sharply falling rapid. Inspection is necessary because steep sides prevent disembarking in case of capsizing. In canyon a bridge over the rapid! From the bridge a path towards east to the forest lorry road (about 600 m).








    12,0 km Tuomikoski rapid 500 m/1.2 m (grade l). A couple of dangerous
    boulders.
    13,0 km Raatteenkoski rapid 200 + 350 m/2.3 m (grade l). A rock obstruction in the lower section of the rapid.

    15.5 km Siltakoski rapid 250 m/1.8 m (grade l). The put-in point at Teljo. Information board, parking place, campfire site.

    18,0 km Border of the county.

    18.5 km Joki-Teljo. The main channel flows slightly to the left. A forest lorry road from the western shore of the lake Joki-Teljo –järvi:

    19,0 km Teljokosket rapids 15+40+40+100+50 m/2.3 m (grade l). Several successive modest rapids.

    20,0 km Pässipyörteenkoski rapid 260 m/3 m (grade l). Inspection essential. In the upper section of the rapid the river falls about 0.5 m, otherwise easy to paddle.

    20.5 km Otroskosket rapids 180 m/2 m (grade l). The last rapid is rocky and at the low water just a narrow channel for the canoe on the right side, in the end of the rapid. Rest site at Otrosjoki on the left. Wilderness cabin with sauna for about 30 persons, campfire site, privy, 2 firewood sheds. To find the cabin, turn sharply but carefully to the left after the levee that divides the river into two channels and paddle a short distance upstream along the other channel. A path to the forest lorry road from the cabin (about 500 m). A forest lorry road also on the west side of the river (about 200 m).

    22,0 km Upper section of the Viharinkoski rapid 200 m/2.1 m (grade l)

    22.5 km Viharinkoski rapid 100 m/1.2 m (grade l)









    22.8 km Myllykoski rapid 80 m/1 m (grade l). On the left side, just after the rapid, a lean-to (built on rock), spring, firewood shed and privy.

    24,0 km Upper section of the Saarikoski rapid 40 m/0.2 m (grade l). Rocky.
    Saarikoski rapid 220 m/2.4 m (grade l). Fast flowing.
    Lower section of the Saarikoski rapid 150 m/0.6 m (grade l).
    A forest lorry road about 50 m towards east.

    24.5 km Orikoski rapid 150 m/2.1 m (grade l). Largish waves in the upper section of the rapid.







    25,0 km Vääräkosket rapids 20+80+40+10+40+20 m/2.4 m (grade l). Several slowly flowing, but quite rocky rapids. In the longest rapid a small stopper – perfect place to training.

    26.5 km Rapid 10 m/0.1 m (grade l). Shallow and rocky.

    27,0 km Aittokoski rapid 400 m/4.4 m (grade ll). Inspection is necessary. Fast flowing and boulder-strewn rapid. A forest lorry road about 30 m towards east (before the rapid).

    Rest site and put-in point at Aittokoski on the left side. Parking place, a permanent lean-to, campfire site and privy.

    33,0 km An old banking ground for timber. One possible place to start / end the tour. A forest lorry road about 15 m from the shore.

    34 km Rest site at Valamajoki. Located about 500 m upstream the River Valamajoki. A cabin for 6 persons, campfire site, privy, firewood shed.




    34.5 km Valamajoki rapid 25 m (grade l).


    40,0 km Chair lift over the river. About 200 m towards west a forest lorry road.

    42.9 km Rest site at Pälvekoski (on the right hand, just before the rapid). Campfire site, privy, lean-to and firewood shed. A suspension bridge over the Pälvekoski rapid. On the left-hand side of the river is Pälvelampi primeval forest area. A forest lorry road about 50 m towards west from the river.

    43,0 km Pälvekoski rapid 130 m/2.3 m (grade l). Paddle first close to the right bank, but move half-way down the rapid close to the left bank.

    47.5 km Töhisevänkoski rapid 60 m/0.9 m (grade l)

    48.5 km Upper section of the Kaksinkantajankoski rapid 90 m/1.1m (grade l).
    Rocky in the lower section of the rapid.

    49,0 km Lower section of the Kaksinkantajankoski rapid 80 m/2m (grade ll). Difficult rock obstruction in the lower section of the rapid. A forest lorry road from the both sides of the rapid. Starting and ending place in the backwater (eastern side).














    49.5 km Rest site at Kaksinkantaja in the confluence of rivers Jongunjoki and Laklajoki.
    Campfire site, privy, lean-to, firewood shed. Bear hunter Väinö Heikkinen lives within 1 km east of the Kaksinkantajankoski rapids by Kaksinkantajalampi pond. There is a path up to his house (a spring near the path, on the left side) where there is an extensive collection of bear skulls and stuffed game animals at display for a nominal entrance fee.

    50,0 km Kellovirta stream 50 m/0.5 m (grade l). Flows to the right.

    51,0 km Saarivirta stream. The deepest channel flows close to the right bank. A fishing permit of the Finnish Forest and Park Service is valid to this rapid.
    57,5 km On the left hand there is a confluence of river Häähnijoki river and river Jongunjoki.

    58,0 km Rest site and put-in point at Viitakoski. Steep banks, campfire site, privy.

    Viitakoski rapid 180 m/2.6 m (grade ll). Fast flowing rapid, bends sharply left. Beautiful, genuine Finnish countyside scenery with deciduous forests and fields. The river flows broad and deep to the point of finish at Nurmijärvi village.










    69 km About 3 km along the river Puuruunjoki to Jongunjoen Lomapirtti. Accommodation, sauna and restaurant, tel. +358 (0)13 546 531.

    70 km Take-out point at Lake Nurmijärvi





    Boat ramp, privy, waste container, information board, campfire site, firewood shed.
    Erästely Canoeing Centre on the opposite of the river. Distance to the café about 400 m. Two taxis in the village.





    DESCRIPTION OF THE PANKASAARI CANOEING ROUTE







    NURMIJÄRVI, start.

    Boat ramp, privy, waste container, information board, firewood shed. Erästely Canoeing Centre on the opposite of the river. Distance to the café about 400 m. Two taxis in the village.

    2,0 km Paddle to the left to Lake Nurmijärvi and then along the left bank of the lake
    about 800 m. There is a small stream, paddle about 5 m along it and you will come to

    Akanlampi
    pond. Paddle over the pond (about 300 m) and you will come to an old crossing point
    of boats (about 50 m), from there you can go to lake Puuruunjärvi. Paddle a little bit
    right and you’ll arrive to Jongunjoen Lomapirtti. Accommodation, sauna and restaurant,
    tel. +358 (0)13 546 531.

    6.0 km Campfire site at Ritosärkkä (left). Privy, firewood shed, waste container.
    9.0 km Campfire site at Muuraisniemi (left). Privy, firewood shed, waste container.
    10.0 km Hämeenjärvi. Confluence of the rivers Jongunjoki and Lieksanjoki.
    14.5 km Campfire site at Hattulampi. Privy, firewood shed, waste container.
    16.0 km Kohosenkoski rapid 200 m/0.4 m (grade l). Easy rapid with a small central ledge, which may be submerged in spate conditions. The ledge can be passed on either side, but in a low water just from the right side. Inspection from the right bank.
    16.5 km Lake Pankajärvi. Length about 12 km, no official camping sites. The course is best kept by

    following the right-hand shore.
    17.5 km Taxi (right), tel. +358 (0)13 545 502, (0)400 199 920.

    17,6 km On the right hand a small harbour of the village.

    24.0 km Lieteniemi (left). Unofficial campfire site. Camping permitted on the basis of public right of

    access.
    28.5 km Putaansalmi road bridge. Road between Lieksa and Ruunaa.
    32.5 km River Pudasjoki. Length 6.5 km, can be paddled upstream; short, easy rapids but in spate they

    seems to be quite big.
    34.5 km Rapid (grade l)
    35.5 km Pudaskoski rapid 400 m (grade l). Some fairly big boulders. In normal water the rapid is shallow.
    The biggest rapid on the River Pudasjoki.
    36.0 km Hiiskorva (grade l). Short, easy rapid.
    36.6 km Rapid (grade l)
    39.0 km Höpöttäjänvirta. Confluence of the rivers Pudasjoki and Lieksanjoki.
    40.0 km Ruunaan Matkailu (right). Accommodation, restaurant, sauna, tel. +358 (0)13 533 130.
    44.0 km Bridge over the river Naarajoki. Road between Lieksa and Ruunaa.
    44.0 km Ruunaan Tupa restaurant (right). Café-restaurant, WC, tel. +358 (0)13 533 166.

    Ruunaa Visitor Centre (right). Information, fishing permits, maps, tel. +358 (0)205 64 5757.
    Lomapirtti Sillankorva (left). Accommodation, sauna, tel. +358 (0)13 533 121.
    48.0 km Campfire site at Niskalahti (right). Lean-to, privy, ground hole for waste, firewood shed.
    Naarakoski rapid 300 m/1 m (grade I-II). The river bends right. Four islets divide the rapid into two channels. The main channel flows to the right. In spate, both channels are runable. On the right-hand side of the first islet, there is a small, easily avoidable stopper. The lower section of the rapid is rocky in low water. The easiest route is to paddle along the main channel close to the right bank. Inspection and partage are easiest along the right bank.
    49.0 km Camping site at Naarakoski (right). Lean-to, campfire site, wooden benches and table, privy,
    firewood shed, waste container. Forest road. Situated right below the rapid.
    49.5 km Käpykoski rapid 300 m/1 m (grade I-II). Several routes to paddle, easy to find from the bank of

    the river.
    50.0 km Käpyvirta stream. In low water, boulders are exposed near both banks.
    53.5 km Saarikoski rapid 420 m/0.8 m (grade I). A big central island divides the rapid into two channels. The main channel is on the right. In spate, both channels are runnable, but in low water, only the right one. The left channel is short, narrow and more boulder-strewn. The right channel is longer and broader. The rapid is fairly easy to run. The largest waves are in the lower section of the right channel near an islet, which can be skirted from either side. The river is best inspected from the central island. For the shortest portage route, choose the right bank of the left-hand channel.
    54.0 km Camping site at Kallioniemi (left). Lean-to, campfire site, wooden benches and table, privy,



    57.0 km Riikosenvirta stream.
    58.0 km Kivikoronvirta/camping site (right). Lean-to, campfire site, wooden benches and table, privy,
    firewood shed, waste container.

    63.0 km Hämeenjärvi. Confluence of the rivers Jongunjoki and Lieksanjoki. The river becomes muddled with lots of small, grassy islets. Follow the right-hand shoreline to reach lake Hämeenjärvi.
    63.6 km Campfire site at Muuraisniemi (right). Campfire site, privy, firewood shed, waste container.
    69.0 km Campfire site at Ritosärkkä (right). Campfire site, privy, firewood shed, waste container.



    To be able to paddle down rivers and then have an hour or two paddling flat water is something
    quite special here in Finland.




    75.0 km Finish (starting place) at Nurmijärvi


    DIRECTIONS FOR THE USER OF THE CABIN

    Wilderness cabins are meant for those needing temporary accommodation (max 2 nights) in the wilderness. Remember that the cabin is a place where people can rest and get warm, and that everyone has the right to use it. If you have already stayed overnight or rested in the cabin, please make room for newcomers. Remember also: even a small cabin can accommodate many visitors, if good will prevails


    Our last night in Nurmijärvi



    And this was what the morning looked like.an absolute mirror.

    Outfitters for the area



    http://www.sealtrail.com/fi/cfmldocs/index.cfm?ID=1056
    http://www.wildcanoe.com
    http://www.saimaaholiday.net/oravi/
    http://www.kolovesi.eu

    Travel
    Riyanair fly direct to Tampere from Dublin,Stanstead,Liverpool,Bremmen & frankfort.If you book in advance you can get tickets return from as little as £30.
    From Helsinki and Tampere there are daily train and bus connections to the central towns of the Lakeland region Mikkeli, Savonlinna, Kuopio and Joensuu. Local rentals and outfitters are ready to help you with shuttle services. Finding out bus and train schedules is easy by using these links:
    www.vr.fiwww.matkahuolto.fi

    Maps
    http://www.retkikartta.fi/
    This is probably one of the best Map access sites here in Finland.its in English as well and maps can be printed from scales between 1:1 000 000 to 1:5000

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    i have a friend who lives in kuopio maybe i will visit him again and then also do this little adventure while in finland looks awesome a true wilderness experience

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    What an extensive blogg, could be a trip for May time, if I got time off. Some amazing sunsets and cool half-tipi tents.

    Any more info on the tent below ?



    Nick

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    Jus adding some up-to-date information on Jongunjoki. There is every year The Jongun Hujaus -event, which is mostly for rapids enthusiasts. This time the event was a week earlier than normal & the condtions were, eh, interesting. Normal flood-time waterflow is about 80-100 cu.meters/s, this weekend it was 140! Which is over 10 years high. Water did not stay in the river but went through the woods. Class 3 to 2 rapids were mostly flat, but former class I´s were 2-3! Backwaters were swirly & nasty looking. Here are links to some video & pictures. on this second video we are paddling over or through a bridge, between the reelings. And here are some pictures to enjoy: Pics
    ~~~o
    (___/___)

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    Many thanks for the descriptions of the routes. Add to the "to do list".

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    I saw a list of outfitters in the message before me, one is missing, Erastely, they know the Jongunjoki year round. If you contact them, you can say "Hi" from me.
    ~~~o
    (___/___)

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    Default Accommodation in Jongunjoki - Updated information

    Hi! Thanks a lot for your complete description of the Jongunjoki canoeing route in this forum. I would like to update the information on km 69 of the route, where you mentioned

    "
    69 km About 3 km along the river Puuruunjoki to Jongunjoen Lomapirtti. Accommodation, sauna and restaurant, tel. +358 (0)13 546 531."

    Jongunjoen Lomapirtti has changed its owners in 2010 and the new name of the firm is Jongunjoen Matkailu (Jongunjoki Travel). The new phone number is + 358 (0) 400 949 215. You can find more information about it in google, facebook or trip advisor.

    I am the innkeeper here in Jongunjoen Matkailu and I am very glad that you have shared all this information about the beautiful Jongunjoki. Thanks a lot again.
    Victoria



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    Hi Victoria,

    yes, I used to visit former Lomapirtti. After the original owners, the service went down. I am pleased to learn, that there is activity again. Jongunjoki has been my favourite river for almost 20 years. Especially in tha late fall the long dar evenings have some kind of magic in them. Good luck to Jongunjoen Matkailu !
    ~~~o
    (___/___)

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