Church boat race

For a breath of fresh air and a taste of traditional Finland, hop into a wooden rowboat 12 metres long!

Church boat, “kirkkovene”, is a traditional Finnish rowing boat, which carried our ancestors almost every Sunday sometimes tremendously long distances to the holy mass. After the holy mass they almost immediately set themselves up for the trip homewards. If there was time waiting for the others they gathered strength by eating and resting for the race with the other boats sharing the same trip or part of it back home. The winner party of the race collected plenty of admiration and respect from other competitors.

Today we use the boats for fun ecological exercise, sightseeing and races. Our professional guides will teach you the best rowing technique. Our rowing activity lasts for about 2 hours. During the rowing tour we will have a break at one of the hundreds of islands in the archipelago. It is also possible to have a race with the boats. The rowing boats carry 14 oarsmen (one oar each) and a cox steering the boat.

 

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