Culture and Activities for Every Taste

In Heinävesi, things hap­pen year-round, but in the sum­mer, the it tru­ly comes to life! Come and enjoy high-qual­i­ty con­certs at the Heinävesi Music Fes­ti­val, spend enrich­ing moments at the the­ater or dance per­for­mances at Ker­mankos­ki pavil­ion amidst stun­ning rapids scenery, join as a spec­ta­tor or par­tic­i­pant in the excit­ing down­hill car race from Kirkon­mä­ki to the har­bor, or par­tic­i­pate in the Canal Row­ing Event.

Old Ships Regatta


In the new­ly ren­o­vat­ed har­bor of Ker­man­ran­ta, dozens of old ships will be on dis­play through­out the entire week­end of July. Sat­ur­day is a real action-packed day, as it’s also the day of the Heinävesi Canal Row­ing Event from Valamo to Säynämö. You can make some finds to take home from the har­bor mar­ket. There is a restau­rant in the area as well.

Heinävesi Canal Rowing Event


Along Fin­land’s most beau­ti­ful inland water­way route – the Heinävesi route – there are sev­en nat­u­ral­ly scenic canals. Nar­row, wind­ing water­ways, arch­i­pel­ago-like lake expans­es, and old canals make this route, which is over a hun­dred years old, unique.

The jour­ney starts from the shore of Valamo Monastery on Fri­day morn­ing and ends in Kolovesi Nation­al Park on Sun­day. It’s also pos­si­ble to par­tic­i­pate in indi­vid­ual day seg­ments.

Wel­come to the stun­ning land­scapes of Heinävesi to expe­ri­ence an unfor­get­table out­door adven­ture.

Vauhtiajot and Venetians


The sum­mer sea­son con­cludes with a full-day excit­ing event. In the Vauh­ti­a­jot (Speed Races), par­tic­i­pants race down­hill in home­made cars along a 1.3 km track from the church hill to the har­bor. With an impres­sive 90 meters of ele­va­tion dif­fer­ence, there’s plen­ty of speed! There are sep­a­rate cat­e­gories for younger par­tic­i­pants, as well as a fun cat­e­go­ry focused on cre­ativ­i­ty rather than speed. There are no par­tic­i­pa­tion fees or entry fees for the audi­ence. The evening con­cludes with a music and light spec­ta­cle at the har­bor. The Har­bor Café-Restau­rant Ker­ma­cot­ta is open all day, offer­ing snacks and activ­i­ties for chil­dren.