Dugout canoe tours in Soomaa

This day programme includes learning about Finno-Ugric single-log canoe – haabjas. You will have an opportunity to try practical construction methods, as well as have a short river-trip on these ancient boats.
Your guide meets you at Karuskose farm, near Raudna river, in the middle of the national park. Very special to this area are regular floods “fifth season" of Soomaa. During this season of high waters, the haabjas have been the only mode of transportation. We will learn how such boats are made.
A wilderness lunch. After lunch we will have a paddling by haabjas on the Raudna river.
In the afternoon on to your next destination

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Price: 930.-EEK/60.-EUR per person
Included: Local transport (to and from Tori), entrance fees, wilderness lunch, local guidance in English, equipment for canoeing.
For extra charge: pick up from your hotel in Pärnu or in Tallinn.
What to bring: Clothing according to weather.
Duration: 5-6 hours
Guaranteed departures: Every Tuesday, May through September if minimum 2 persons.
Meeting: 11.00 at Karuskose farm; 10.00 at the hostel Soomaa.
Pickup Points:
9:10 Tori railway station
9:20 Tori bus station
10:00 Hostel Soomaa , Jõesuu village

For groups of minimum 5 persons we are happy to organize a silmilar tours on other dates. Also different programmes that best suits your particular interests, itinerary, budget with guiding service in Finnish, Swedish, German and Russian are available for groups.

Additional information:  Aivar Ruukel
                                        +372 50 61 896


Dugout is an ancient vessel type carved out of a single tree trunk. Boats with the same construction principles have been used in many places all over the world for thousand of years. Even now in the 21. century the dugout culture has survived among many indigenous people, in Estonia the region where local farmers have persistently used dugouts in their everyday life is in Soomaa – a region famous for its pristine nature, enormous flood seasons and Soomaa National Park. In the heart of Soomaa in Karuskose Wilderness Hostel and Canoe Center you can study the finno-ugric dugout indepth and participate in the practical dugout building workshops yourself.

1. day – Sunday. We will gather in the afternoon in Karuskose Wilderness Hostel. Introduction to dugout building course and supper. A late night trip to the marshland.
2. day – Monday. Practical building in the morning, after lunch a trip to the forest, we’ll learn how to pick a decent tree for a dugout. In the evening a film program about dugout building among indigenous people.
3. day – Tuesday. Until lunch practical dugout building. A canoe trip on Raudna river after lunch.
4. day – Wednesday. Practical dugout building before and after lunch. In the evening traditional smoke sauna.
5. day – Thursday. Breakfast and departure.

Dates in 2008: 08-12 of June and  17-21 of August
Location: Karuskose Wilderness Hostel and Canoe Center

Camp leader: Aivar Ruukel
Language of the event: Estonian and English
Price: 3900.- EEK.- / 250.- EUR per person
Includes: dugout instructions, trips, sauna, accommodation in tents, food (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 suppers).
    3150.- EEK.- / 200.- EUR per person if in own tent and sleeping bag

To take with you: Appropriate clothes, tent, sleeping bag, own dinnerware.
For extra charge it is possible to rent tents and sleeping bags.

On prior agreement similar camps can be organized on other times as well, also other programs according to the wishes of the group in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and Russian.

Additional information:  Aivar Ruukel
                                        +372 50 61 896

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