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    Default Europes best paddling.

    Ok, so it's not as simple as that. What I'm looking for is somewhere to go on a two week trip, hopefully next summer. I want the following criteria:

    1: A wild and unspoilt location. The further from civilisation the better.

    2: Technically easy paddling (am very much a beginner).

    3: Either with a company who does outfitting and drop off/pick up; or a circular trip I can take my own boat to.

    Currently I am thinking about the Saimaa lake area of Finland but am open to suggestions. I'd also be interested to hear from anyone who's paddled in Finland.

    Cheers,
    Matt

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    If you havn't already found it this link may prove of use if you are considering Sweden.

    http://www.kanotguiden.com/canoeing.htm
    Aslan




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    I know you said europe, but - just out of curiosity - I checked flights from London to T-Bay. Cost - Just under $2900 (1518 GBP). Checked London to Minneapolis, Minnesota - cost of just under $1200 (628 GBP). This is for July.
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    Hi guys, thanks for the info. Will definately look into the Swedish site.
    Hi Pierre, definately gonna do the North American thing in a year or two, don't have the bucks just now though!

    Matt

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    Default Milos

    Went there this year, fantastic Hopefully will be going again the year after next, if my Mother in Law is willing to have the children for a week...

    The web site http://www.seakayakgreece.com/ will do far more justice to describing it all than I can. Yes, it involed kks, but they were sea ones... and the water is warmer!

    Hope this helps
    Alec aka Wayne

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    I did a trip that began in Finland and then went north into Norway. There'd be sections of that suitable for less experienced in the company of others but some of the middle sections on the trip would only be suitable for expert paddlers. Logistics could be adjusted to avoid the tricky stuff. Great scenery and nice people. I have some photos comparing the Scandianavian trip with similar trips in Canada at
    http://www.blazingpaddles.ca/norway/ The Reisa and Alta Rivers would be the main ones to look into for this (my spelling may be off).

    This summer past I did a trip on the Allier River in Fance. Logistics for that one should be a lot easier and cheaper. It wasn't as wild as Norway, but I was surprised at how much of a wilderness feel is still left along the river. Haven't posted any photos of that yet. Worth looking into.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt25 View Post
    Hi guys, thanks for the info. Will definately look into the Swedish site.
    Hi Pierre, definately gonna do the North American thing in a year or two, don't have the bucks just now though!

    Matt
    Just to add some more prices for you to think about. You can fly to Canada next June for around 200 for 2 weeks.
    https://www.flyzoom.com/reservations...FKGATEWAYID=10

    If my wife never was expecting our first child next April I would be heading for somewhere like Algonquin or Quetico for my holidays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesoconnor View Post
    Just to add some more prices for you to think about. You can fly to Canada next June for around £200 for 2 weeks.
    https://www.flyzoom.com

    If my wife never was expecting our first child next April I would be heading for somewhere like Algonquin or Quetico for my holidays.
    I've flown with Zoom, very good service. Check their web site often, they offer special rates that vary depending on seat availablity.

    Algonquin is in my "backyard". Nice place - been there often. There are other places I'd suggest ahead of it though. Be happy to offer suggestions if anyone is thinking seriously of coming to Ontario to paddle.

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