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The Republic of Finland is one of the Nordic countries. The country is inhabited of people with unique charm and guts that themself are a genuine tourist attraction.

Koiteli, in the region of Oulu, Finland

2016-08-28
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Wandered today into the wilderness at Koiteli, in the region of Oulu, Finland. Here you can hike, fish, enjoy the great outdoors and have a picnic at a designated spot. It's also fun canoeing down the roaring rapids - a real whitewater experience.

Koiteli, Koitelinkoski is a beautiful place for nature lovers, both local daytrippers and visiting tourists. The Koiteli region is surrounded by rolling forested hills and rich vegetation, and its many islands provide excellent opportunities for fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and trekking.

Crossed some dangling bridges to experience the wilderness in Koiteli in Finland. Here I stand on one of the suspension bridges at Koiteli observering the beautiful scenery - a bridge in which the weight of the deck is supported by vertical cables suspended from larger cables that run between towers and are anchored in abutments at each end.

A fishing spot for the whole family. The Koitelinkoski rapids are also an excellent fishing spot for the whole family. It's a great place for lure fishing from the shore and especially for fly fishing with lightweight equipment.

Typical species found in the rapids are grayling, pike and perch. It is also one of the River Kiiminki's special fishing areas, where you can nab one of the sea trout that are introduced into the river in May-August. The River Kiiminki is covered by a joint lure fishing licence that allows you to fish the main bed of the entire river from Puolanka to Haukipudas.

Kiiminki paddling routes. The River Kiiminki begins in Kainuu and flows through the wilderness around Puolanka to the rural landscapes of Ostrobothnia. During the summer, you can take a guided canoe or kayak tour along the river, or go whitewater rafting in rubber rafts. In the winter, you can go exploring on marked ski and snowmobile tracks.

Conditions on the river vary with the seasons and the river's currents. It is easier to navigate the rapids in June-July, when the currents are weaker. Just after the ice thaws, the Koitelinkoski rapids are a category III area, but the currents subside around mid- to late June. Beginners can find a more peaceful environment to practise in at, for example, Tulikurkku in Koiteli.

Those wishing to go on a day trip can try the popular 30-kilometre route along the river from Kiiminki to Haukipudas. Travel companies in the region organise short, several-hour canoe and kayak tours, as well as several-day safaris combined with, for example, fishing.

The Koitelinkoski rapids are part of the free-flowing River Kiiminki. The rapids are about four kilometres from downtown Kiiminki and a quick 24-kilometre drive from Oulu.

It's easy to explore the area on foot, following marked paths that wind along the mainland and across the islands. You can reach several of Koiteli's islands (Pikkusaari, Sahasaari and Pikniksaari) with suspension bridges - an adventure that sticks in children and young people's minds in particular.

A fishing spot for the whole family

The Koitelinkoski rapids are also an excellent fishing spot for the whole family. It's a great place for lure fishing from the shore and especially for fly fishing with lightweight equipment.

Typical species found in the rapids are grayling, pike and perch. It is also one of the River Kiiminki's special fishing areas, where you can nab one of the sea trout that are introduced into the river in May-August. The River Kiiminki is covered by a joint lure fishing licence that allows you to fish the main bed of the entire river from Puolanka to Haukipudas.

Kiiminki paddling routes

The River Kiiminki begins in Kainuu and flows through the wilderness around Puolanka to the rural landscapes of Ostrobothnia. During the summer, you can take a guided canoe or kayak tour along the river, or go whitewater rafting in rubber rafts. In the winter, you can go exploring on marked ski and snowmobile tracks.

Conditions on the river vary with the seasons and the river's currents. It is easier to navigate the rapids in June-July, when the currents are weaker. Just after the ice thaws, the Koitelinkoski rapids are a category III area, but the currents subside around mid- to late June. Beginners can find a more peaceful environment to practise in at, for example, Tulikurkku in Koiteli.

Those wishing to go on a day trip can try the popular 30-kilometre route along the river from Kiiminki to Haukipudas. Travel companies in the region organise short, several-hour canoe and kayak tours, as well as several-day safaris combined with, for example, fishing.

Koiteli is located about 4 km from the centre of Kiiminki. To drive to Koitelinkoski, simply follow the signs from Kuusamontie (Highway 20) - the drive from Oulu to Koiteli takes only 20 minutes. Hiking trails in the area start from the parking lot, which also has information boards, washrooms and a woodshed. You can also reach Koiteli via Purontie road (18717) from the northern side of the river, in which case you must park at the lot alongside Purontie road. Koitelinkoski is about 300 metres from this parking lot.

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