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Church boat trip to Kinkamo in Varkaus

Location: Varkaus, Finland

Duration: 3 h

Sites: Varkaus – industrial history, Lake Saimaa waterways and caviar

Persons: Max. 12 person / boat

Available: Summer season 2020, on Tuesdays 30.6., 7.7., 14.7. and 21.7.2020.

Accommodation: Not included

Transportation: Not included

Themes: Boat trip, Curiosity, Industrial sites, Nature

From 30 € per person

Enjoy the scenery at Lake Saimaa with a church boat tour this summer and refresh yourself with a cup of coffee while admiring the architecture and design of Alvar & Aino Aalto!

Take part in a water adventure and row a church boat in the waters of Saimaa towards the historic Kinkamo. On the way, you will hear interesting stories about the history of the Varkaus region. On this tour you will get to discover the architecture of Alvar Aalto and the design of Aino Aalto while enjoying a nice cup of coffee. After the visit at Kinkamo we head back to Viltinranta harbour and row our way back towards the sunset.

Church boat rowing is a great and environmentally friendly way to enjoy the summer nature of Lake Saimaa. It’s fun and also a great way to exercise!

Kinkamo is set in a beautiful beachfront location surrounded by pine trees. Kinkamo is the first building designed by Alvar Aalto in Varkaus and it was designed to be a weekend cottage for the Warkaus Factory club in 1939. The interior design plans were created by Aino Aalto. Nowadays a company called Kinkamon Aalto operates in the building. Kinkamon Aalto can offer this venue also for private events and meetings, as well as arrange adventurous activities in the nature and bathing in a Finnish sauna.

Kinkamo was designed to be a weekend cottage for the Warkaus Factory club and it was built in 1939. Photo: Visit Varkaus

No previous rowing experience is required to participate in this tour! Photo: Kaleeriseura Enson Melaveikot

Church boat rowing in Lake Saimaa. Photo: Kaleeriseura Enson Melaveikot
During the tour you will learn about the history of the Varkaus region. Photo: Kaleeriseura Enson Melaveikot
Church boat rowing in Lake Saimaa. Photo: Kaleeriseura Enson Melaveikot
Church boat rowing is a great and environmentally friendly way to enjoy the summer nature of Lake Saimaa. Photo: Kaleeriseura Enson Melaveikot
Church boat rowing in Lake Saimaa. Photo: Kaleeriseura Enson Melaveikot
On this tour you will get to discover the architecture of Alvar Aalto and the design of Aino Aalto while enjoying a nice cup of coffee. Photo: Kaleeriseura Enson Melaveikot

Programme by day

Day 1: Church boat trip to Kinkamo in Varkaus
  • Church boat tour departure point from Viltinranta harbour
  • Kaleeriseura Enson Melaveikot will guide rowers before the departure and during the tour. While rowing, they will share stories and knowledge about the history of Varkaus region.
  • Arrivial to Kinkamo after 1 hour of rowing. At Kinkamo you will get to know the story behind the weekend cabin designed by Alvar and Aino Aalto in 1939. Coffee and snacks will be served. After 1 hour visit in Kinkamo, the journey back to the harbour starts. Return back to the Viltinranta harbour takes 1 hour.
Time
Programme
Transport
Requirement
WC
16:50
Program: Arrival to the Viltinranta harbour, getting ready for the departure
Transport:
Requirement:
WC: No
17:00
Program: Departure with the church boat
Transport:
Requirement:
WC: No
18:00
Program: Arrival to Kinkamo
Transport:
Requirement:
WC: Yes
19:00
Program: Departure from Kinkamo
Transport:
Requirement:
WC: No
20:00
Program: Arrival at Viltinranta harbour
Transport:
Requirement:
WC: No
Useful information

Car parking available in the vicinity of the harbour.

Sites included in this trip

Information on this trip

Good to know

Tour is available during summer season of 2020 on Tuesday 30.6., 7.7., 14.7. and 21.7.2020. Please note, that the availability of this tour is weather permitting!

Available on request also at other times during the summer.

Please note:

  • The physical demand of a church boat rowing tour is medium level
  • No previous rowing experience is required
  • Wear outdoor exercise equipment and bring your own water bottle
  • Electronics should be packed in waterproof bags and we recommend that you carry only the necessary items (limited space on the boat)

Languages:

  • Finnish, other languages with extra charge

Included

  • Guidance to rowing a church boat
  • Boat staff (3 persons)
  • Guided tour during the rowing trip
  • Kinkamon Aalto, introduction and coffee/tea and a sweet snack. Please inform of any food allergies or special dietary requirements in advance
  • Varkaus Aalto -map brochure

Example price 30 € per person

Payment in cash upon departure.

Inquiries and bookings

Example price 30 € per person

Payment in cash upon departure.

Registration by noon on the same day by sending a text message to phone number +358 40 574 3999. Please note there is a limited availability. Church boat excursions can also be arranged for private groups. Please send inquiries about group bookings to email myynti@kinkamonaalto.fi
Kaleeriseura Enson Melaveikot

Viltinrannan venesatama (departure point)

78300 , Varkaus

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