What can one do in Suvasvesi?

Walk on Marked Trails

The only trail in the Lake Suvasvesi Shore Conservation Programme Area is the easy-to-walk Paimenpolku Shepherd's Trail, 2 km, on the fascinating Paimensaari Island.

You can also take a canoe trip to Paimensaari Island. Photo: Katri Suhonen
Go Canoe Trekking
  • Lake Suvasvesi is a suitable destination for canoeists and rowers. It offers numerous possibilities for active water enthusiasts. There are no marked routes other than the Riistavesi Water Route in the northern part of the lake. In the northern and southern ends of Lake Suvasvesi there are plenty of islands. The middle part of the lake is dominated by the wide open-water areas of Kukkarinselkä and Haapaselkä, which are divided by a minor archipelago. Consequently, those canoeing on Lake Suvasvesi are required to have some canoeing experience. They must also have a map with them.
  • There are not many excursion harbours on Lake Suvasvesi. Also read the safety instructions.
  • You may head to Lake Suvasvesi from Kuopio via Vehmersalmi, or from Kermajärvi via the Karvio Canal.
  • You will find information on renting rowing boats and canoes from Kuopio Tourist Service's website (www.kuopioinfo.fi).

Go Sailing or Motor Boating

The Heinävesi Water Route goes through Kukkarinselkä in Lake Suvasvesi. In the middle part of the lake, a labyrinth of islands divides the two open-water areas, Kukkarinselkä and Haapaselkä. There are a few excursion harbours offering services in the area. Read about the special services for boaters, guides for those arriving by boat and the safety instructions.

On a boat excursion on Lake Suvasvesi. Photo: Katri Suhonen

See the Sights and Scenery

The traditional landscape of Paimensaari Island makes your imagination fly: there are flower patterns in the stone wall and an old laundry hut by the shore. In summer the colourful flock of sheep keep the farmyard open, but beautiful wild flowers have taken over the meadows close by. On Paimensaari Island you may also meet a herd of grazing cows.

Walk on Nature Trail

The Paimensaari Shepherd's Trail starts from the excursion harbour, 2 km. It circles around the Paimensaari farmyard and proceeds in a landscape that was formerly fields.

Ski Cross-country off Trails

Skiing is allowed but there are no maintained trails in the area.

Go Fishing

In summer, fishermen are attracted to Lake Suvasvesi by trout (Salmo trutta) and whitefish (Goregonus lavaretus) and in spring and autumn by the landlocked salmon (Salmo salar). You can obtain more information on the Suvasvesi fishing area and permit sellers from the brochure "Kalapaikkoja Pohjois-Savossa" (Fishing spots in North Savo) (www.muikkusuomi.fi, in Finnish). The borders of the fishing area can be seen on the North Savo guide map (www.infokartta.fi/psavo). Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

Go on Guided Group Tour

Eräpaimen (www.erapaimen.fi) carries out guided trips to Paimensaari Island.

Go Berry and Mushroom Picking

There are blueberries to be picked on the islands in the area. Lingonberries also grow there.

Woodland strawberries at Paimensaari Island. Photo: Auvo Sapattinen

Go Swimming

Swimming is possible in the vicinity of the Paimensaari excursion harbour. There is no official swimming spot in the area.

Services Offered by Partners in Suvasvesi