26 July 2014

Canoeing on river Ii

We made a daytrip on the river, jihuu!!

Allthough the river is near, it's been a couple of years since we last went canoeing.
(You know how it is: There are not so many free days, not even on the holiday.)

But now we made it,
the weather was very warm and the whole family was in en excellent mood.

Starting-point in Taivalkoski
We planned a route for one day and two cars. We rented two canoes from Husky Center Kolmiloukko. We packed lunch and snacks in one waterproof bag and raincoats and swimsuits to an other. In the morning, we started from home with two cars. One we left by the river near home and the other we drive 20 km up to the village, where we started canoeing.

Having fun

We decided our older son can manage steering the other canoe, so I can sit in the front. My husband can steer the other, with our younger son paddling in the front.

Easy going

From Taivalkoski Canoeing Center to Jurmu along river Ii it's a little more than 20 kim. With one long lunch- and swimming -break in the middle it took us six hours totally.

Lunchbreak in Virtasaari

River Ii is not difficult, the rapids are very small. But in july there is so little water, that you have to be carefull with the stones. Some places you can step out of the canoe and walk.
Shallow water

Some guite long parts of the river are very still. There it is good to have some fun ideas like learning your balancing skills - then it doesn't get so boring.

Father teaching son

Day was very positive. After fetching the other car and canoes, we were back home at about seven. Even with all that swimming it was not too hard for any of us. Canoeing with family is probably the best way to spend a hot summer day!

Every boat needs a captain

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