Midsummer paddling is back again! This year we will explore the great lake of Lohjanjärvi, with all its vast waters, tiny islands and stunning nature. Interested? Find more information below.
WHAT: Challenging three day canoe trip
WHEN: Thursday 23.06.- Sunday 26.06.2022
WHERE: Lohjanjärvi (Lohja)
PARTICIPANT LIMIT: 24
SIGN-UP: Starts at 12.05.2022, 5pm
You will be divided into groups of four people (2 canoes/group) and will get food and equipment for the trip. Every group is free to explore Lohjanjärvi on its own or stick to the main route prepared by the organizers. Nights will be spent on islands at campfire sites or if needed anywhere else where everyman rights allow it (no campfire allowed by everyman rights!). You will sleep outside in tents or hammocks. We will pay attention making the group divisions so that there would be at least one experienced hiker/paddler in each group.
Start on Thursday 23.6. around 6pm in Lohja. Camping on an island closeby. Friday and Saturday paddling on the lake. There will be a “main route” that you can follow, but every group is free to explore Lohjanjärvi on its own. Saturday evening we will have Sauna. Sunday packing, little canoeing and heading back home. Details will come later.
The trip is planned beforehand but the final decisions on the main route and night places will be made every morning according to the weather conditions. The plans can and should also be changed during the day if the conditions require.
This is not a Sunday afternoon picnic! This is a challenging three day canoe trip! Rain can get your clothes and all your equipment wet. Wind can make paddling hard. Some reports even state that there has been snow in the area in Midsummer. Therefore, in order to participate and make a safe trip you must fulfill the following requirements:
You are in a good physical condition and can paddle for several hours
You have previous camping/hiking experience
You know how to take care of yourself on such a trip
You can swim
You have previous paddling experience (a few hours paddling on a canoe is considered enough) or you participate in hydepakki evening paddling (2-3 h) in late May or early June
Only sign up if you fulfill these requirements!
Sign-up will open on Thursday, 12.05.2022, 5pm. It will be open as long as there are open spots. The participant limit is 24. You will receive a confirmation email with more details after a few days. If there are no spots available anymore, you will receive a notification email.
Sign up here: https://forms.gle/MtszKeyfavndVGgf6
The trip costs 50e. This includes canoes, sauna, and food. It does not cover the bus to Lohja and back. You are yourself responsible for transportation.
Payment will be done before the trip! You will find payment information in the confirmation email. Your sign-up is completed after we have received the participation fee.
You must be a member of either HYDE or Teepakki to join the trip.
PARTICIPATING WITH YOUR OWN CANOE
If you have your own canoe you are welcome to join the trip. Participation fee in this case will be 25€ (Sauna + Food). Please fill in the sign-up form as everyone else. You can join also after sign-up has been closed. In this case, please contact the organizers.
Hydepakki will provide canoes, paddles and life vests. Remember, that life vests will not necessarily hold you above water. They only serve as a swimming support!
If you need to borrow equipment for the trip, tell us about that in the sign-up and be in contact with the Teepakki storage master.
We are looking for someone who has a car that can pull a trailer and is willing to transport 6 canoes from Nummi-Pusula to Lohja and back. Hydepakki will compensate for the driving and a spot in one of the canoes is guaranteed. Contact us!
Remember that even in Midsummer, Hydepakki events are always alcohol free!
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.