Linnansaari National Park

Linnansaari National Park, Rantasalmi: Address, Phone Number, Linnansaari National Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Linnansaari National Park
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_erpl_
Liege, Belgium73 contributions
Pretty place, got to see a seal!
Jun 2019
I must admit, we went to see several national parks in the region, they all sort of looked alike, with big stretches of water, and islands full of trees. Went on a boat ride to see the seals, I appreciated the respect our guide has for the animals, trying not to disturb them, still letting us get close enough to see. If you like calm open nature, take a boat or go walk, this is a good place.
Written 19 August 2019
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ghanbg
Nuremberg, Germany477 contributions
Great hiking
Aug 2019 • Family
We did a 8km round trip hike over the island, very diverse, green, rich flora. The terrain was tough at times, a lot of ups and downs. Did this with 4 boys, age 6 to 9, and they all held out. Our recommendation: take the 0930am boat from Oravi and then you can easily manage the 3pm boat back. Bring some sandwiches or snacks.
Written 9 August 2019
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Seppo O
Turku, Finland65 contributions
You should see this national park
Mar 2018 • Family
Wonderful views even in winter time. You can rent a pair of skates and skate 18 km and back another 18 km :) Sure you can skate shorter route also and a coffee break at small café.
In summer time you might see some ringed seals also.
Written 5 March 2018
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JariJK
Kouvola, Finland4,514 contributions
Finland's longest tour skating route on natural lake ice
Feb 2018 • Family
This is Finland's most beautiful place for tour skating (aka Nordic skating, trip skating or wild skating). The route from Porosalmi to Oravi is a bit over 18 kilometers in one direction. Almost the whole route is located in Linnansaari National Park.

We started our skating trip from Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän (read separate TripAdvisor reviews) in Porosalmi, Rantasalmi. The cost of a tour skating package (skates, shoes, poles, a helmet, a route ticket) was 24 euros per day (66 euros per week). Alternatively you could choose a kick sled or a cross-country skiing set. Even winter fishing sets are available.

It is only 3 kilometers from Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän to Kaarnetsaari Island. There is a crepe cafeteria there. You may fry your own crepes in a fireplace inside a small cottage. You can also buy salty pies, brownies, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks, beer, cider and wine there.

From Kaarnetsaari Island it is less than 1 kilometer to Pieni-Lappi Island. There is a campfire site there. After that it is a quite long way to Linnansaari Island, the main island of Linnansaari National Park. After Linnansaari Island it is only 5 kilometers to the village of Oravi, which is situated between the national parks of Linnansaari and Kolovesi. You can take a rest in Oravi and then skate back to Porosalmi. Or you can turn back anywhere, because it is a two-way route.

There are accommodation possibilities also in Oravi, Savonlinna. So you can rent a tour skating package and start you skating trip from Oravi, too.

The best skating season is in late January or in February. Sometimes the route may be in good condition until mid March. We were skating in late February and the route was in excellent condition. It was impossible to lose one's way and lake ice was perfect. However, notice that this activity depends on the weather. Sometimes only routes from Porosalmi to Kaarnetsaari Island (3 kilometers) and from Oravi to Linnansaari Island (5 kilometers) are open - or even they may be closed. Luckily there are also many other interesting activities in Porosalmi and Oravi.

You can also book guided winter excursions from Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän to Linnansaari National Park. They have excursions to Kaarnetsaari Island. You may choose if you to go there by skates, skis, snowshoes, kick sled or by the sleigh.

In summer they have many other excursions, e.g. guided wooden boat tours and even Saimaa ringed seal safaris. The Saimaa ringed seal is one of the most endangered seals in the whole world. It lives only in Lake Saimaa and the total population is about 380 individuals.

There is also a wooden observation tower (address Porosalmentie 360, Rantasalmi) 500 meters after Hotel & Spa Resort Järvisydän. From there you can see the national park higher. The walking distance from the road is about 100 meters.

We will definitely come back in summer!
Written 2 March 2018
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Marc S
Sandweiler, Luxembourg215 contributions
Nice hiking place
Aug 2017 • Couples
Access from Rantasalmi or Ovari but only 2-3 times a day by “regular“ ferry, otherwise you have to book a water-taxi yourself (with extra cost of course) : could be improved by Finnish tourist administration! Nice walking trails, well signed. To do with good hiking shoes and good weather because of some steep slopes, risky in rain
Written 15 August 2017
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Foodie_Eva
Kuopio, Finland30 contributions
Nature's A la Carte menu
Aug 2016 • Business
We stayed at the Järvisydän Hotel & Resort and took a boat to the National Park. The guides are very friendly and do a great job. We went for a hike in the National Park and got to see and collect all kind of mushrooms and berries. The Linnansaari National Park has been well-preserved and as it was my first experience to a Finnish National Park, I was awestruck by the beauty of the Finnish nature. We had a great meal before the hike at the cottage where the guides had arranged a small video presentation of a Baby Seal's life. We could not spot any seal in the lake, but I was not at all disappointed, because we still were able to catch a glimpse of the diversity of Finnish nature. I will be definitely visiting Linnansaari again!
Written 3 September 2016
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Nachtblaad
Singapore54 contributions
A quiet walk, a spectacular view
Jun 2016 • Couples
We stayed at Oravi and instead of going on a seal-watching tour or kayaking to the islands, we decided to take a boat taxi to the main island for the 7km hike. The boat ride costs 45 euros each direction (in June; there are regular rides in July-August that would cost less) but can be shared among several people on the same trip.

We took a very leisurely hike (one of us was 25 weeks pregnant) and completed the route in about 4 hours, stopping at several points along the way and at the highest point in the hike to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

We were glad it didn't rain and the weather was excellent for walking (partly cloudy, low winds, about 10 to 15 deg C), as indicated by the weather report for the day. We were equally glad that we had insect repellent to ward off the many mosquitoes who kept insisting on blood donations during the hike.

Next time we visit and when we are collectively more able, we hope to kayak around the many beautiful islands that we saw from afar.

Written 6 June 2016
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luxlifefuorifuori
Milan, Italy67 contributions
the music of the silence
Jul 2015 • Friends
the Saimaa lake is a place where live the adventure and exploration with the right sense of organization.
Many islands with a special charm and turning in canoeing there is a feeling of really being a Scout immersed in nature.
Written 30 July 2015
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Jukka V
Espoo, Finland38 contributions
Must to visit every year
Jun 2015 • Couples
Linnansaari is one of the best national parks in Finland, you may see the real rarities like Saimaa ringed seal and also ospreys etc... Also in the evening at fireplace you meet other people having nice evening.
Written 4 July 2015
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Leksa56
Savonlinna, Finland24 contributions
Beauty of the Saimaa lake area
This Linnansaari can be reached from Rantasalmi or Oravi where the boats bring you there. This area is a home of one of the very rare seal "Saimaannorppa" There`s only about less than 300 in whole world. Most of them live in Haukivesi and Pihlajavesi area around Savonlinna. In Linnansaari there`s a small camping place but not any Inn or Hostel. Nearest is in Oravi. During the winter time Linnansaari can be reached by Ice skating..it`s really fun! Also from Oravi or Rantasalmi!
Written 30 April 2013
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