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Linnansaari National Park, Rantasalmi

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Linnansaari National Park (Finnish: Linnansaaren kansallispuisto) is a national park in the Southern Savonia and Northern Savonia regions of Finland. It lies in the middle of the lake Haukivesi, a part of greater Saimaa. The National Park was established to conserve the valuable natural features of the Finnish lakeland.

On the main island there's an old croft. Slash-and-burn agriculture is still practised on its fields to conserve the old cultural landscape and the associated plant and animal species. A large part of the island is natural-state coniferous forest, with some herb-rich parts.

The critically endangered Saimaa Ringed Seal inhabits the park.
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  • Hired a canoe from Osari in the Linnansaari national park Finland. The park is about 38 sq kilometres and is a huge lake containing many islands that allow wild camping. The designated camping island....  more
    Hired a canoe from Osari in the Linnansaari national park Finland. The park is about 38 sq kilometres and is a huge lake containing many islands that allow wild camping. The designated camping island....  more »
  • We had a three hours private guided boat trip to Linnansaari National Park from Spa & Hotel Järvisydän. Our guide was great and told us facts and also nice stories you cannot read from Google or... 
    We had a three hours private guided boat trip to Linnansaari National Park from Spa & Hotel Järvisydän. Our guide was great and told us facts and also nice stories you cannot read from Google or...  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • A very nice natural park where you can go hiking through a few different paths of different length. There is also an old house, stable and sauna from a farm preserved in its original state from a few decades ago when the last owners left. You can reach the park with your boat, with a canoe or kayak (you can eventually rent one in Oravi) or with the ferry from Oravi. You can also sleep there with your tent or just use the camp fire to prepare your own food for a special picnic. There is also a small bar, just in case. ;)
  • I went to the island, which has an old growth forest. To get there you will need to take a boat ride from a nearby town called Oravi, which was 19 the round trip per person. There are also other activities offered in that town, as kayaking and some fishing tours. I recommend it, but bring mosquito protection in summer, I hadn't seen such a mosquito concentration since I went to the Everglades!!
  • this place is worth visiting. Walking around the island will take at least 2.5 hours- if you visiting in the summer - there are a lot of mosquitoes and midges. There is also a very small cafe on the island where you can get a regular coffee, donuts and local meat pies, as well as other products - like in a grocery shop.
  • Absolutely beautiful place. Untouched Finnish nature. You can even spot a saimaan norppa (Saimaa ringed seal) if you are lucky and know where to look. Also great operators available who organize trips and safaris and rent gear. One of top 5 places in Finland!
  • Ideál for Perfect outdoor trips. Be aware of mosquitos.

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