Cruise to the hermit island Sunday, June 23rd




On Sunday, June 23rd

join us for a summer cruise to listen to fascinating stories about the hermit of Lake Päijänne. We depart from the Suopello ship pier, Suopellontie 703, at 12:00. You can leave your car in the designated parking area on the right side of the road just before the restaurant (Suopellonrantatie); leave the restaurant’s own parking spaces available for their customers. Initially, we cruise along Suopellonlahti, where you can admire Sysmä’s oldest villa community. After a short cruise, you’ll be greeted by the breathtakingly beautiful Tehinselkä of Lake Päijänne. At this point, weather permitting, you can move to the ship’s deck and experience the best of Finnish lake scenery.

You’ll get to experience the authentic atmosphere of bygone times and contemplate what life was like on the island from the 1930s to the 1970s. On the island, Pylväläinen developed a fishing lure and taught Lauri Rapala to make fishing lures. As a result, Rapala became a multinational and innovative company, one of the most famous in its field. The cruise guide, Markku, personally knew Lauri Rapala and can authentically share Rapala’s history.

During the cruise, you’ll learn general information about Lake Päijänne from the captain’s announcements. Guests will also be entertained by Riki, the Portuguese Podengo ship dog, who is everyone’s friend. Riki is a kind and affectionate dog companion who loves scratches.

The cruise culminates in the middle of Lake Päijänne on Koreakoivun Island. You’ll walk through the forest on a rocky path to the hermit’s cabin. Narrated by Markku Lepistö, you’ll hear the life story of the hermit who lived on the island. In front of the hermit’s log cabin, you’ll hear about his life, a man who left home at the age of 10, experienced adventures on his travels, and eventually settled on a small island.

Experience the incredible life story of the hermit who taught Lauri Rapala to make lures during the cruise. Reflect on what is important in life while listening to the stories of the hermit’s life written by wilderness guide Markku Lepistö in a small cabin in Päijänne National Park.

On the way to the island, enjoy a delicious Lake Päijänne fish soup or vegetable soup made from local ingredients (with prior reservation!) and have coffee with the ship’s chef’s berry or fruit pastries from the garden. The ship has a fully licensed cafe. During the cruise, you can purchase Toivo Pylväläinen’s book “Päijänne Hermit,” signed by the author, as well as local souvenirs.

Adults: €60, Children aged 6–12: €30, Children under 6 and those over 100: Free. The meal is included in the prices. The duration of the trip is approximately 3.5 hours. Please inform us in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Note! Mandatory advance reservation at 040 50 555 60. Binding registrations must be made at least 2 days before departure, and the trip requires a minimum of 15 passengers for it to take place. Wind reserve for landing.