Boat Cove, Kuopio Finland

Boat Cove, Kuopio Finland

photo by Petritap (wikimedia commons)

Kuopio Motorhome Holiday

Lake Kallavesi photo by Jeanie Mackinder (flickr creative commons)Lake Kallavesi photo by Jeanie Mackinder (flickr creative commons)

Right in the heart of the Lakeland, Kuopio is a great place to start a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday.  Its proximity to Eastern Europe gives this area a different feel to the areas of the south and Lapland and it’s not called the Lakeland’s for no reason.  If you love fishing or water sports this is the place to head for.

Services for Motorhome Rental vehicles.

There many not be stacks of choice for campsites in Kuopio but there is one, and to be honest, it’s so good that there really isn’t a need for another.  Rauhalahti Holiday Centre, as the name suggests, is a large site, but even if you prefer smaller sites this is a great place to start for a few nights.  

Things to see and do

Get your supplies from the market place in Kuopio. This market place, or tori, is open daily all year round and is one of the best and most colourful markets in Finland. It’s a great place to get in all the provisions you will need and much cheaper than the supermarkets, the food is better too.

’Everyman’s rights’ in Finland mean that you can collect wild fruits and berries, if you want to know more about which fruits are good before you eat them visit the Alahovi Berry Farm and lean what’s good and what’s not so good.

If you are staying at the Rauhalahti Holiday Centre visit the Spa Hotel Ruahalahti.  The Spa facilities include steam rooms, saunas, treatments and massages as well as water slides and whirlpool baths.  If you visit during the evening, enjoy the Jatkankamppa Lumberjacks' Lodge the largest hot steam smoke sauna in the world, there’s even music and dancing afterwards. 

Take to Lake Kallavesi in one of the traditional white inland boats, or one of the more modern vessels that operate on the lake. You can also enjoy fishing or Jet Skiing here.

Continuing on the watery theme try some white water rafting on the River Vaikkojoki in Kaavi.  The boats are steered by professionals but you lend a hand with the paddling. 

Horse-riding.  The entire region has become a popular destination for horse-riding during the summer. There are a wide range of riding centres and stables with horses suitable for all levels and abilities.  They even run lessons if you want to give it a go for the first time.

Off roading.  Discover the hills and hollows of the region’s terrain on an all terrain safari.  There’s tight bends, steep slopes and swampy hollows, and after instruction you’ll be led off to discover the delights of the area by a group leader.  If you prefer something a little less messy then Kuopio also has its own driving centre to polish up your driving skills, but leave the rental vehicle in the car park! Note: Offroading is probably best NOT to do with your motorhome rental!

The area around Kuopio is not the great wilderness of Lapland but the Lakeland area is good for visitors who like activities and plenty to do outdoors, the campsites are great for motorhome rental and campervan hire too.

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