Currently in the plans: Paddle tour to Jussarö Tuesday 25.7 kl 10 - Thursday 27.7 and Monday 7.8 kl 10 - Wednesday 9.8. Ekenäs to Källviken monday 12.6.2017 kl 17-21, wednesday 14.6.2017 kl 10-15, tuesday 18.7.2017 kl 10-15.
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A daypaddle around Hanko peninsula (optionally two days), a highlight of the summer with family and friends. You get to see cosy fishing huts, sand beaches, flat bed granit rocks made for picknick, cosy shallow lagones with warmest water (summer) and reefs formed by rocks pushed together by sea-ice. On the route you may observe, perhaps read, notes of traders made while they came early in the spring to do business, but ice was blocking harbours. We will paddle along the shoreline mostly with easy landing possibilities. Hanko from the seaside is a different Hanko. (The two day owvernight tour will extend furter out, and camping is on an island as weathers permit).
Svartå Bruk (Mustion Ruukki) is located at the offspring of Lohjanjärvi (Lojosjön). A small river with slow flowing water and minor rapids starts with water from Lohjanjärvi and flows all the way to Pohjanlahti. The river has a few powerplant dams where kayaks need to be carried around if going the full length of the river. The river stretches past agriculture areas for a distance of 24 kilometers. The tour may start and extend some of the distance to return back upstream to the startingpoint.
Snow, sheets of thin ice, crisp white snow, shades of black and white. Glimmering blue water against or gently falling snow settling on the kayak deck. The contrasts are huge and the richness of colours can be owerwhelming of sparse to the minimum. Blocks of ice may display tourqouise shine like giant jewellery.
Deadly cold water and a tippy kayak, perhaps surrounded by ice and frost in the air. For you it looks like a trap with only one outcome. A gasp of cold water in your lungs, or at least severe hypothermia and inability to act rationally. No way you would volunteer - would you? Some paddlers defy the cold in order to enjoy and lead paddling tours in the winter landscapes. Jöns Aschan is one of them. He will equip properly with gear and skills to demonstrate skills useful to avoid the dangers of the elements. Ask him about the time when he suddenly found himself looking up at the ice from below. The actual show in the water will take about a quarter and can be accompanied by fabulous video scenery and stories from winter tours.
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