This route is operated by s/s Tarjanne, a veritable steam boating legend. Built in 1908, Tarjanne is the last passenger steamboat still running a long regular route in Finland. During the storied journey, you will hear the famous sound of the steam whistle and dine in the fabulous restaurant originally designed by renowned Art Nouveau artist Akseli Gallén-Kallela.
The Poet’s Way runs in between the Mustalahti Harbor (located next to the Särkänniemi amusement park in Tampere) and the Virrat Harbor (located near the center of Virrat). The route crosses Lake Näsijärvi and continues through the Murole Canal to the lakes Ruovesi and Visuvesi before reaching Virrat. The total travel time is eight hours and fifteen minutes.
The traditional Tarjanne restaurant is open whenever the ship is on the move. On our regular route trips, we offer a lunch prepared from the season’s ingredients. You can also choose a meal from our à la carte menu. On our cruises, you can choose a meal from our à la carte menu. All wines come chosen and recommended by our in-house sommelier. In addition, the ship’s cafeteria offers a separate menu of snacks and refreshments. The restaurant relies on local materials – often produced by companies along the route – and the good fortunes of the professional fishermen at Lake Näsijärvi. Booking meals in advance is highly recommended. Our lunch menu varies on a weekly basis.
Bring your own bike! There’s no better way to spend a summery day than combining a lovely boat trip with some bicycle action. The Pyhä and Näsi bike routes are the perfect trails when travelling on land, and steamboat Tarjanne will take care of your transportation needs on the water.