Church Boat Tour in Northern Lappajärvi

Church boat, "kirkkovene", is a traditional Finnish rowing boat, which carried our ancestors to the holy mass on Sundays, sometimes tremendously long distances. After the seremony there was a rowing race with the other boats on the way home. The winner party of the race collected plenty of admiration and respect from other competitors.

Our church boat tour in the northern end of Lappajärvi starts at the northern shore of Nykälänniemi cape. All wear life jackets and climb aboard a church boat that can hold 14 rowers at a time. The church boat is seaworthy and controlled by an experienced mate. Beginners will be introduced to the secrets of rowing!
We first direct the prow of the boat towards Herneslahti bay, from where you have a beautiful view on the golf course greenery. We continue rowing towards the summer theater of Halkosaari. The trail is sheltered and runs close to the lakeshore, so winds don't rock the boat. The total distance is 5 kms.

At the end of the excursion, we return to the boat place and enjoy a cup of campfire coffee and pastry at the adjacent fireplace. 

Level of difficulty: Easy. Rowing speed is adjusted according to wishes of the participants. 

Point of departure: The boat dock at the northern tip of cape Nykälänniemi. You can park your car on the golf course parking lot (Nykäläntie 177, Lappajärvi). Walk down the parking lot to the beach and there to the leftmost boat dock. 

Schedule: Departure times on summer 2019:
Thursdays 13.6., 20.6., 27.6., 4.7., 11.7., 18.7., 25.7., 1.8., 15.8. always at 17:00

The total duration of the excursion, including coffee break is about 1,5 hours.

Price:  Adults/18 €, children/10 € in cash at the start of the trip. 
Small bills or exact change appreciated!

Price includes: Life jackets, guidance, campfire coffee with pastry  

Notes: Suitable equipment: sneakers, gloves and headgear if the sun shines. Make sure to bring enough to drink, also for your children! You are welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy at the campfire. 
The trip will take place if there are at least 8 rowers on departure.
In the event of heavy wind and rain, trips may be canceled. 

Bookings: Book your tour by the previous evening:
Kultainen Kiulukka / Kaisu Huhtala, tel./sms. +358 45-1289089 or by email