Trip to National Park
Daily departures 15.5.-31.10.
Spend an unforgettable day at Saimaa Archipelago.
Trip to national park takes you to one of the most beautiful places at Lake Saimaa. Choose island destination between Kaarnetsaari or Linnansaari and hike your way to stunning scenery.
The boat route goes from Järvisydän to Kaarnetsaari and from Kaarnetsaari to Linnansaari.
Departure: from Järvisydän at 10.00am, 12.30pm and 3.00pm
Return: from Linnansaari at 11.15am, 1.45pm and 4.15pm
Return: from Kaarnetsaari at 12.00pm, 2.30pm and 5.00pm
The dock of departure is located at Linnavuori, NW part of island. Click to open the map.
Trip to Kaarnetsaari 29,90€/ person
Trip to Linnansaari 39,90€/ person
*Trip to Kaarnetsaari is included in various accommodation packages
*Book the trip a day prior to scheduled travel day by latest 4.00pm.
Trip to Kaarnetsaari 29,90€
A trip to National Park takes you to circular hike route of Kaarnetsaari island. At Kaarnetsaari, you can find the Island’s Coffee Shop open daily from 10am to 4pm. A fire pit is also available for you to enjoy your picnic provisions. The island is spiced up with AR (Augmented Reality) which lets you to explore Finnish wildlife using your smartphone or tablet. The length of island’s circular nature trail is 1,5 km. The app for AR is recommended to download using the hotel WIFI before the trip. See instructions for downloading the app at the end of this page.
Trip to Linnansaari 39,90€
A trip to National Park takes you to hike routes of Linnansaari island. The dock of arrival is located next to the island’s prime lookout spot, at Linnavuori. Planning for a short trip or a long hike? The return ride departures at 11.15am, 1.45pm and 4.15pm. The Ring Route is 7km long and takes you to Sammakkoniemi Camping and outdoor museum Louhimaa’s Croft. It is recommended to book minimum 3 hours for the Ring Route. Fire pits can be found at Sammakkoniemi and Perpulanluhta. Feel free to dip yourself in the Lake Saimaa to cool off the hot day.
For a short day trip we recommend to visit Linnavuori lookout spot together with short walk to Perpulanluhta. This will be around 2-3 km route.
Linnansaaren National Park
Nature of Linnansaari
The National Park is a 40 km long and 5 – 10 km wide area in the middle of Lake Haukivesi, a part of Lake Saimaa which is the largest lake in Finland. The magnificent landscape alternates between a labyrinth of sheltered islands and broader open waters. The park includes more than 130 islands and hundreds of smaller islets and protruding rocks. The Preserving Finland’s original Lakeland nature for future generations and research was mentioned as the justification for the establishment of the national park. Source: nationalparks.fi/linnansaarinp/nature
Circular trail, 7 km, is the most popular hiking trail in the park. The trail is in quite difficult terrain, and it is marked with orange circles. The trail goes through varying landscape, including herb-rich forests and grove-like moist forests. The duckboard bridge with handrails, which crosses Linnansaarenlampi Pond, can be slippery when it rains. Sturdy shoes are needed on the trails of Linnansaari. Walking this trail takes 3 – 4 hours. Services: Camping site at Perpulanluhta and Sammakkoniemi Camping.
Sights: The trail goes to Linnavuori Rock scenic lookout place, where the view over the lake landscape of Haukivesi is worth seeing. The boat takes you directly to Linnavuori!
Linnonpolku Nature Trail, 2 km, is in varying terrain. The trail is marked with orange circles. On this trail you can see how both the natural phenomena and the man shape the landscape. Through the trees you can see Lake Haukivesi, which is part of the Saimaa lake complex. On this trail, you can learn about the prehistorical phases of Lake Saimaa forming. You can also find out about the herb-rich forests, which are rare in Finland, and their importance in contributing to biodiversity. A vulnerable bird species, White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos) lives on the former slash-and-burn fields on the shores. In addition to the slash-and-burn birch forests, the influence of the man can be seen in the planted spruce forests, and in the imported Pinus contorta pines which were planted over 60 years ago. Walking this circular nature trail takes about 1 hour.
From Sammakkoniemi you can also get to Linnansaari Croft, 0,7 km. The trail is partly joined with other trails. On this trail you can learn about the different stages of slash-and-burn agriculture, and what influence it has had on the landscape and the natural features. At the croft you can find out who were the inhabitants of this croft and how they lived in the old times.
Animals of Finland – AR Nature Trail
Welcome to a trip to Finnish nature! The Animals of Finland AR Nature Trail will guide you through augmented reality to learn about the wonderful animal species in our nature in an inspiring way and based on facts. You can experience nature on your own mobile device (phone or tablet) and to get the best experience, we recommend you use headphones during the tour. The nature trail uses augmented reality (AR) technology and is ideal for example families and school groups, as well as both domestic and international travelers.
The Animals of Finland AR Nature Trail has been built along the Kaarnetsaari Tour. It is a 1,5 kilometers long ring route that can be detoured in either direction. At both ends of the route is a starting point board and instructions for downloading the mobile app needed for the tour. Along the nature trail, you can get to know, for example, the prey methods of the boreal owl (Aegolius funereus), the habitat of the Siberian flying squirrel (Pteromys volans), the swimming skills of the otter and the playing sounds of the western capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus). The Animals of Finland AR Nature Trail supports learning in the nature, and the high quality, diverse content makes your nature experience unforgettable.
See instructions for downloading the app below. The use of WIFI is recommended when downloading the app – you can find WIFI connection at the reception area of Järvisydän.