All our services are adjusted to the actual relevant official recommendations. You are welcome if you are healthy. 

Welcome to the Finnish Nature

For information in English about our operation here is a short extract about the palette of possibilities Tavinsulka provides you. While we are working on the full multilingual pages, google translator can help you to understand the Finnish language sites too. Feel free to contact us via e-mail or phone for any further elaborations. You can find our contact information from the bottom of the page.

The base camp is located at Kivelänranta beach, lake Tuomiojärvi, about 10 minutes bike ride from the centrum. The best to come is by bike or on foot. Bus nro 22 takes you near to us. Car parks (4h clock!) can be found at Reivikuja. Only people with special need and service traffic are allowed to drive to the shore. 

It is important for you to know that no previous knowledge of any sports needed to participate. For your safety we recommend to leave onto open water only if you can swim, to the forest if you are confident in orienteering. Prior to departure, our personnel is happy to provide basic instructions on technique and safety, as a courtesy. Our goides are happy to escort you.

Equipment for self-guided tours is available in a wide range. Prices are per person and include the chosen type of boat, the paddle and the paddling vest.

Day programmes ("Ohjelmia"), courses ("Kursseja"), overnight tours and long nature expeditions ("Retkiä") are available in the pristine Finnish nature. Tour descriptions (under "Retkiä") are also available in English.

Opening hours:

We serve you all year around, whenever open water is to be found. Our guides take you out there and make sure coming back safely with loads of new experiences. 


In November 2020 the Paddling Centrum is open every day from 9 am until darkness with call-in service and with prior reservations. Dark time paddling sessions' times and prices are announced on the 'Events' page.

With prior agreement we serve you 24/7. In other times than indicated above 25 € / occasion service fee applies.

Please note, when moving in open aquatic nature during darkness, a paddle boat is required by law to be equiped with sufficient strong white light source, to signal to other water traffic if needed.

Single and double kayaks, Indian canoes for two, three and four people, SUP boards, 4-people Dragon SUP and 4 to10 people carrying XL-SUP are waiting for you. Our personnel is happy to give instructions prior your departure, so previous knowledge is not needed.


Prices are per person:

  • 1 hour: 20 €

  • 2 hours: 30 €

  • 4 hours: 40 €

  • A day: 50 €

  • Extra days: 30 €

  • A week: 195 €

Thursday-evening tour on Tourujoki

THU 18:00-20:30

Tourujoki is the most popular daybreak route near Jyväskylä. The guided and pre scheduled programme departs on every Thursday at 6 pm. It is possible to go for the tour any time self-guided, and tailored guided timetable with pre agreement. After a short introduction to the paddling technique and water safety, we head out to the round tour. The guide explains also stories of the local culture and history.

Duration 2,5-3 hour. The tour is suitable for anybody with swimming abilities.

Paddling technique classes

Paddling technique classes on kayak, canoe and SUP board are held regularly pre-scheduled and upon private agreement. With proper technique, you can enjoy your time more confidently on water.  The teacher has long experience from beginner paddlers to world class athlete coaching. The group is maximum 9 people and one class takes about two hours.

Price for pre-scheduled small group class 45 € / person (including teaching and equipment).

On demand small group class minimum charge 135 € (including teaching and equipment).

Private class 95 € / person (including teaching and equipment).

Kalasaari day-tour

Kalasaari is on the northern Päijänne, just a few kilometres from the town. During the tour, we have two stretches of paddling sessions, in between good buffet lunch and sauna are caring us. For the smoothest programme running, we expect that you actively participate in arranging all details the guide delegates you.


Participation fee 75 €., student 60 €, family 150 € (2 adults up to 4 children under 14 years)

Overnight Canoe Tour

Programme available May-October.

The two-day canoe tour introduces our guests to the magnificence of the arctic summer nights. The programme composed of activities like paddling, hiking, fire making, camp building, preparing gourmet food, swimming in lake. In some places sauna is also available to enjoy. The tour is oriented to a national park or nature reserve near you. 

Group size: maximum 9 participants

Suitable for everyone with swimming abilities

Duration: two days

Price: 290 € / person (min. 1340 € / group)

Price includes: equipment, transportation from-to Jyväskylä, plenty of food and drink for the tour, teaching and guidance, overnight fee, tent, sleeping bag and mattress.

NOT including personal outdoor clothing according to the weather

Tours and expeditions

Our tours and expeditions are running mostly in national parks and another pristine nature area. Though we are moving in remote places marks of human influence can be spotted regularly. The guided programmes are all inclusive, you have to take care only your personal clothing, appropriate to the prevailing weather conditions. As of price, roughly 145 € per day per person can be estimated.

A few examples of overnight tours and expeditions are Southern-Konnevesi National Park, Leivonmäki National Park, Isojärvi National Park, Lemmenjoki National Park, Ivalojoki wilderness area. Under the page "Retkiä" you can find English descriptions too for each tour. 

SUP - Body Control Class

WED 17:00-18:30, FRI 14:00-15:30

In this class strength, balance and flexibility are aimed to develop on SUP boards. being in the aquatic nature, not only your body receives a satisfying exercise, but your mind and soul can relax. 

Price 35 € / person.

Kayak polo or SUP polo

MON 17:00-19:00, WED 17:00-19:00

The polo games are great fun. You will be wet no question, and on the beginning more often under water. No worries, we, your playmates are next to you to help up again, and play can go on. Soon you will learn sufficient skills to keep up the pace, and also for touring your skills will develop

Price 250 € / group of maximum 12 people

Black Grouse Lek - bird watching tour

Programme available during the mating season for 3-4 weeks in April-May

A spectacular morning in the wildeness, experiencing the mating dance of these magnificent Arctic birds.


Group size: max 4 people

Duration about 5 hours

Price: 485 € / group

Price includes: transport, guidance, refreshments, rubber boots, binoculars, warm cover

            NOT including personal outdoor clothing according to the weather

Snow Shoe safari

Programme available during the snowy winter, in December -April.

During the two-hour off trail programme we experience the silence of the winter forest. The safari takes place in a national park, protected nature reserve or alike, according to agreement. Bus transfer for the

participants and equipment transport fee applies to the event location, with special agreement and pricing

Group size: max 20 people

Duration 2 -2,5 hours

Price: 40 € / person (minimum charge 250 € / group)

Price includes: equipment, guidance, and refreshments.

NOT including personal outdoor clothing according to the weather

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Contact us

Phone: +358 400 899 280


Address: Taulumäentie 47
40200, Jyväskylä


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