Day 4 | Karvio – Säynämö, 44 km
The forecast showed that we were looking for a though day with winds above 12 m/s in the area. Crossing the Kermajärvi lake is a 10 km open stretch and of course we had the wind in front all the way. The coastal boats were put to a test. We crossed Kermajärvi in about 2 hours and but could not hit exactly the other shore where we wanted as we had to take the waves and winds dead ahead, adjusting the course a bit to the west. After a rest in Kermaranta the waterways got more channel like.
The stretch from Kerma to below Pilpa is said to be one of the most beautiful channel landscapes in Saimaa. In some parts the current was up to 3 knots and carried our rowing boats more sideways than straight forward. Fun ride even if we had hard headwinds and sometimes really tricky conditions as we had waves against current. The trick was to avoid hitting the red and green lane marks, of which there where plenty. In the narrowest parts they have red / green lights to control the one-way traffic.
Stopped for the night at Säynämö. Cabins and sauna run by the local church community “Kansan Raamattuseura Retreat”. Great sauna and hospitality.