Trip to National Park

The cruising season has ended for 2022 – see updates for upcoming trips to the National Park!
Kaarnetsaari is not accessible due to low water levels!

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. Spend an unforgettable day in the scenic National Park, middle of the most beautiful Lake Saimaa! The vessel m/s Marival is fitted with a café and a bar!

The ship ms Marival II departures from Järvisydän from the Steamship Restaurant Puijo’s dock. 

 

Trip to Kaarnetsaari 32,90€

Kaarnetsaari is not accessible due to low water levels!

A trip to National Park takes you to circular hike route of Kaarnetsaari island. 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. Children’s admission fee -50%.

Book a trip to Kaarnetsaari!

Departures from Järvisydän at 10.00, 13.00, 16.00 and 19.00 with M/S Marival. Duration of the cruise is circa 20 minutes.

Choose return trip: at 12.15, 15.15, 18.15. Make sure to be on time! Duration of the return trip is circa 20 minutes. The whole roundtrip cruise duration is 2,5h.


 

Trip to Linnansaari 32,90€

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, 2.15pm, 5.15pm and 8.15pm. 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. Children’s admission fee -50%.

For a short day trip we recommend to visit Linnavuori lookout spot and a short walk to Perpulanluhta. This will be around 2-3 km route.

Book a trip to Linnansaari!

Departures from Järvisydän at 10.00, 13.00, 16.00 and 19.00 with M/S Marival.

Choose return trip: at 11.15, 14.15, 17.15 or 20.15. Make sure to be on time! The whole roundtrip cruise duration is 2,5h.

Duration of the cruise is circa 1 hour.

Please notice that the Linnansaari island is a litter free destination. Please bring all the trash with you back to mainland!

Map of Linnansaari National Park.

*Book the trip a day prior to scheduled travel day by latest 4.00pm. 

 
 

 

Breakfast cruise in Saimaa archipelago 32,90€ + breakfast 21,90€

Enjoy breakfast while cruising in the Linnansaari National Park. On this cruise you will get to see some of the most beautiful part of Saimaa as well enjoy tasty breakfast. One might even spot Saimaa ringed seal or osrprey. The breakfast buffet will be served in the main saloon. 

The breakfast cruise departures at 10.00 and returns back to Järvisydän at 12.40.

Cruise price 32,90€/ adult, children 4-12v. -50%. + Breakfast 21,90€, children 10,95€.

Book breakfast cruise! 

An activity is included in some of our vacation packages. You may use the activity included in your vacation packages to cover the cruise (32,90€).
What is included in your vacation? See the confirmation letter.

You may as well drop off at Kaarnetsaari or Linnansaari!


 

Lunch cruise in Saimaa archipelago 32,90€ + lunch 19,90€

Enjoy lunch while cruising in the Linnansaari National Park. On this cruise you will get to see some of the most beautiful part of Saimaa as well enjoy tasty breakfast. One might even spot Saimaa ringed seal or osrprey. The lunch will be served in the main saloon.

The lunch cruise departures at 13.00 and returns back to Järvisydän at 15.40.

Cruise price 32,90€/ adult, children 4-12v. -50%. + Lunch 19,90€, children 9,95€.

Book lunch cruise!

An activity is included in some of our vacation packages. You may use the activity included in your vacation packages to cover the cruise (32,90€).
What is included in your vacation? See the confirmation letter.


 

Dinner cruise in Saimaa archipelago 54,90€

Enjoy dinner while cruising in the Linnansaari National Park. On this cruise you will get to see some of the most beautiful part of Saimaa as well enjoy tasty breakfast. One might even spot Saimaa ringed seal or osrprey. The dinner will be served in the main saloon. Dinner buffet includes red and white wines.

The dinner cruise departures from Järvisydän at 19.00 and return back to Järvisydän at 21.30.

Dinner 54,90€, children 10,90€. ( No extra fee from the cruise.)

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Things to remember while hiking in the National Park❣️
-Feel free to pick berries or mushrooms from the wild
-Never have open fire anywhere else other than at assigned fire pits. The Sammakkoniemi cooking hut should be used when there is a wildfire warning. 
-Please keep dogs on leash when in the National Park.
-Take everything back to mainland from the islands, including litter. No waste management available in Linnansaari island!

 

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

Nature Trails

(Source: nationalparks.fi/linnansaarinp/trails)

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.

Kaarnetsaari

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.

 

*The trip may be cancelled or re-scheduled due to heavy weather (thunder storm, average wind speed 14m/s).