The beautiful nature in Sulkava provides a stunning setting for outdoor activities in the marked hiking trails, skiing tracks and canoeing routes. The canoeing route from Juva to Sulkava, the Squirrel Route, spirals along rivers and small lakes. The paddler is in the middle of the genuine Lake Finland, and the route is suitable for canoeing with the family. For fishing enthusiasts, there is an undivided lure fishing area of 16,000 hectares in the Lake Saimaa, in the water ways above and below Vekara. For rowers and other boat- ers, there is plenty of water area; it forms 25 % of the area of the municipality. There is altogether 1,100 km of shoreline. www.sulkava.fi Welcome to Sulkava! Sulkava boat Boats taking part in the competition are the long Sulkava boats of 12 metres (also known as Viking boat, Big boat). Sulkava boat is traditionally used in Finland in his- toric times to transport Finns to church. The boats, including the oars, are constructed out of wood. Each rower has one oar and rows on a sliding bench. The crew con- sists of 14 rowers and a cox who paces them. The cox also steers the boat and urges the rowers to their task. The fastest Sulkava boat crews can cover a journey of 60 kilometres in as little as 4 hours.