1. Self-guided paddling tour through the beautiful archipelago of Linnansaari National Park 2. Experience the peaceful landscapes of hundreds of islands and unspoilt nature 3. If luck is on our side, you will see some; Saimaa Ringed Seals, otters, beavers or osprey 4. Spend relaxing nights at the base camp in a traditional log hut on the main island 5. Hike along several marked routes on the main island and visit a croft museum
On this self-guided paddling trip, you can enjoy the beautiful archipelago of Linnansaari National Park. The national park has hundreds of islands and unspoilt nature which guarantee a peaceful experience. If you are lucky, you can see some of the; Saimaa Ringed Seals, otters, beavers or osprey that live in the area. Your accommodation is at the base camp on the main island in a traditional log hut. Here you will be able to completely relax and find all-embracing peace and quiet. Explore the most beautiful sites of Linnansaari National Park with us and let the canoe lead you through the unique Finnish nature.
Programme: Linansaari National Park is approximately 40 km from end to end. There are no marked canoeing routes in the area. There are numerous options and everyone can choose a suitable route depending on preferences and the weather. The area is great for day trips, or, if you bring a tent, longer canoeing excursions. You can also explore the main island by foot, there are several marked hiking routes (2-7km) and a croft museum. Please note that your accommodation and the base camp is on the main island of Linnansaari National Park. You need to start your trip from Oravi (mainland) with 5km of paddling to your base camp and accommodation. The outdoor centre where you will get the canoe, paddling gear and route instructions is in Oravi. There is also a shop and restaurant.
Good to know when you are planning your trip:
Drinking water: You can drink the lake water, (it is recommended you boil it before drinking) but because it contains organic matter, you may prefer to bring drinking water and use the lake water for cooking, etc. You can fill your water bottles in Oravi and Linnansaari.
Making a campfire: In the national parks lighting campfires is only allowed at designated camp sites. It is forbidden to lighting campfires when a forest fire warning is in effect. Outside the national parks (for example, Joutenvesi area) you are not permitted to light fires. You are however allowed to use a camping stove.
Camping: In the national parks, camping is only allowed at designated camp sites (marked on the map). Outside the national parks the ‘everyman’s right’ applies. You may set a temporary camp (1-2 nights) at a reasonable distance from private property. According to the everyman’s right, you are not allowed to light open campfires without permission, except in an emergency Short picnic breaks are allowed everywhere accept for some restricted areas in the national parks (marked on the map) between 1st January – 30th April or 1st January – 15th July
Fishing: Everyone can fish with a rod and line without a license. If you want to fish with a spinner you need to buy a license (the state license + the local license). You can read more about fishing licenses here.
Safety: When boating or canoeing, an appropriate map is required. There are hundreds of islands and we recommend you plan your trip according to the wind forecast and always paddle on the calm sides of the islands. If you start your trip in Oravi you can get help from our canoeing guides when you are planning the route. During your trip, you can also call or send a sms to our office and ask for advice. If you are faced with a serious emergency on your hike, call 112.
Mobile Phone Coverage: Although Finland has a broad network for mobile phones, there can be some areas in the park without signal. There may also be some smaller spots where there is interference. If this happens try to climb to a higher place or go into an open area. Different phones also differ in their coverage.
Accommodation: Accommodation is in a traditional log hut on the main island. Every hut has two bunk beds (4 places to sleep, matrasses, blankets and pillows), table and benches. Take your own bed linen/ sleeping bag or rent them from the extra services. There is no electricity in the hut. The hut is booked privately for you. The campsite has a kiosk, well, outdoor kitchen, eco-toilets and wood-heated sauna.
We hold the right to make adjustments and ask you to kindly reconfirm the specific itinerary and pricing directly with the tour provider.
Getting there: By car:
From the south (Helsinki and Mikkeli): From Helsinki take the E75 to Lahti. After Lahti, the road changes to road number 5. Continue through Mikkeli towards Juva. From Juvas junction turn right towards Savonlinna on road number 14. Drive through Savonlinna towards Enonkoski. Turn left when you see sign Enonkoski, road 471. (Junction of supermarket Prisma.) Drive 5km and turn to left, Juvolantie number 468. Drive until it ends (23km) and turn left to Tappuvirrantie. Drive 9km and turn right to Kiramontie.
From the north (Joensuu): From Joensuu take Kuopiontie number 17. Drive 11km and turn left to Liperintie number 476. Drive ca. 48km and turn left to Pölläkäntie. Drive 38km and turn right to Laasalantie. Drive until the end (12km) and turn right to Tappuvirrantie, Drive 9km and turn right to Kiramontie.
From the west (Varkaus): Take the road number 23 Taipaleentie and drive approx. 10km towards Heinävesi. Turn right to Rauhamäentie number 468. Drive approx. 50km and turn left to Kiramontie. There is a 24-hour ferry. Ferry is free of charge.
From the east (Lappeenranta): Take road number 6 to Imatra. Drive approx. 100km and turn to Savonlinnantie number 14. Drive 50km and turn to Enonkoskentie 471. Drive 5km and turn left to Juvonlantie. Drive until the end (23km) and turn left to Tappuvirrantie. Drive 9km and turn right to Kiramontie.
By public transport: Bus:
Buses from Helsinki to Savonlinna: Onnibus timetables and online booking
Bus from Savonlinna to Oravi on schooldays (Mon-Fri, ca 12.8.-31.5): Matkahuolto timetables
Service bus from Savonlinna to Oravi on Tuesdays and Fridays at 14.15 (to be booked beforehand): Bus info
The closest train stations are in Savonlinna (Pääskylahti in the east part of the town and Kauppatori in the centre): Train time tables and online booking
Savonlinna airport is approx. 35 km from Oravi.
Flights Mon-Fri from Helsinki (Airlink), Tickets: Airlink.fi
Airport transfer from Oravi 60€ (taxi)
Pick up service / safari bus: If you have booked accommodation or activities in Oravi, ask for our pick-up service