Kayaking in the Hainiok Strait

The forests of the Karelian Isthmus once housed the center of the lands of the Korela tribe, and since ancient times small ships sailed from Lake Ladoga to the Baltic Sea along the narrow channels between the lakes. Hundreds of years have passed and the channels connecting the lake and the sea have disappeared, leaving a system of lakes along which we will go kayaking through the former Heinioxia Strait.

Location

St. Petersburg
from
US$ 180
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Duration
3 Days
2 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 28 – 30 Apr, 2025
    • 8 – 10 May, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Tent
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Basic
Difficulty
Challenging
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Group
Up to 20 people
Minimum age
14 years old
Group meet at
St. Petersburg
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

A weekend away from civilization
You will live in tents among picturesque places and unforgettable landscapes
Activities on the water
You will pass rapids, a couple of pleasant rapids-drains, stretches with fabulous landscapes of the Karelian Isthmus
Hiking romance
Cook delicious food over a campfire and discuss your day in the evening

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Lake Lamskoye – Graduyevo tract

    07:45-08:00 Gathering of the group at the Finlandsky railway station (St. Petersburg), acquaintance with the instructor guide and boarding a minibus.

    About 3 hours drive to the starting point - Lake Lamskoye, in the Vyborg district of the Leningrad region.

    12:30-15:00 Preparing to go on the route:

    • getting equipment, assembling and preparing kayaks for the hike;
    • getting to know the rules of behavior on the water;
    • introductory instruction on kayak management and safety.

    15:00-00:00 Rafting on the lakes Lamskoye - Krivusha - Verkhneye and Sredneye Graduyevskie - Graduyevka River to the Graduyevo tract. 

    Overnight in tents in the area of the Graduyevo tract. 

    According to the mood of the group and if possible, the organization of a sauna (mobile bath).

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  • Day 2 - From Bolshoe Graduyevskoye Lake to Gubanovskoye Lake
  • Day 3 - From Lake Sokolinoe to the village of Paltsevo. Departure to St. Petersburg
Difficulty
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Tour organizer's comments

A kayaking and kayaking tour through the Heinjok Strait involves prolonged physical activity (rowing), cooking over a campfire and spending the night in a tent in the field. General physical training is sufficient, rowing experience is not required.

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Tent
    2 nights
Comfort
  • Basic

The tour includes accommodation in tents.

The cost of the tour: 15,800 rubles.

Tent camp 2 nights

Accommodation in double and triple tents.

Field kitchen (breakfast, snack and dinner).

Tour conditions

Group
up to 20 tourists
Minimum age
14 years old
Duration
3 days 2 nights
Group meets at
St. Petersburg

Included in price

  • minibus transfer from St. Petersburg to the starting point of the tour and back;
  • car escort (transfer of items between camp sites);
  • the work of instructor guides and drivers
  • camping meals: on the first day — snack and dinner, on the second day — breakfast and snack and dinner; on the third day — breakfast and snack (all participants equally take part in cooking);
  • public campfire equipment, public dishes, awning;
  • rental of kayaks, paddles, 30L hermetic packs and life jackets;
  • rental of tents (2 or 3-seater).

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to St. Petersburg and back;
  • rent a sleeping bag and foam (we can offer them, complete with inserts, for rent for 700 rubles for the entire tour at the ticket purchase stage);
  • breakfast on the first day of the tour and dinner on the last day.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • gloves (neoprene, cycling, yachting or just construction);
  • warm sweater/sweatshirt made of fleece or wool;
  • the jacket is waterproof and windproof (water resistance from 5000 mm to 10,000 mm);
  • shoes for kayaking (coral, polyurethane or neoprene slippers, rubber boots as an option);
  • foam (travel mat) for sleeping;
  • sleeping bag (comfort temperature not less than +10°C for June, July and August; not less than 0 °C for May and September; not less than -5°C for October). We can provide a sleeping bag for rent for an additional fee;
  • KLMN (mug, spoon, bowl, knife);
  • individual medications (grab a patch).

It would be wise to divide clothes into two types: "wet", in which you are in a kayak and "dry", in which you, if necessary, change clothes on shore.

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Dates and Prices

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  • US$ 180
    28 – 30 Apr, 2025 3 days 2 nights
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  • US$ 180
    8 – 10 May, 2025 3 days 2 nights
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