WILDLIFE FROM KAYAK - FACTS AND ITINERARY
Hikes'n Trails and Saimaa Holidays Oravi organise an exclusive kayaking trip on the great lake Saimaa, in Linnansaari National Park. We will arrive in Oravi Village on Thursday to the Saimaa Holidays canoeing center, where the dinner waits us. During the dinner, we get to know each other and your guide introduces maps and safety issues. Accommodation is arranged in nice and tidy apartments with single or double occupancy. The rooms have a shower and toilet
This famous national park is quiet and peaceful at this time of the year. We try to see as many bird species as it is possible. Our goal is to get the rare Saimaa ringed seal on our binoculars and cameras without disturbing them. Sometimes we stop by open fire for a snack and coffee break and stay for two nights in tents on the stunning rocky and forest covered islands. Occasionally we hike on hiking trails in the national park area. A camera and an adequate lens are a convenient addition to documenting this unique trip. Remember to keep a good care about your cameras and lenses when kayaking!
Place: Linnansaari National Park, Oravi
Availability: On request 1.-30.5.
Guaranteed departures: 6.-10.5., 13.-17.5., 20.-24.5.2021
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Number of participants: Min 2, max 12 persons
Price: 780 €/person
Meals: Full board. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the price.
Accommodation: 1st and 4th night in double rooms in apartment, on the kayaking trip 2nd and 3rd night in tents.
Distance: Approximately 45 km in total
Price includes: Guide services, kayaks and kayaking equipment, services according to the daily program, accommodation, return transport from Savonlinna train station/airport and above-mentioned meals during the tour
Price doesn’t include flights.
Equipment: Participants have their own outdoor clothing due to the weather. Please ask the whole list of equipment after booking.
Equipment included in the price: Single or double kayak, paddle, sprayskirt, life vest, tent, mattress, sleeping bag, liner.
By an additional cost: Single room and single tent
Supplements: Extra night in Oravi Village or Järvisydän Resort, paddling clothing set 90 €/person/tour
Payment: Invoice, cash, credit card
Tour level: Moderate. Weather can be cold, around 5 degrees Celsius. Participants are required to have a normal basic fitness. Kayaking skills obligatory.
Languages: Finnish, English, Swedish
Insurance: We require participants to have their own insurance for kayaking and other outdoor activities in Finland.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP
KAYAKING ON EUROPE'S 4TH BIGGEST LAKE
This tour is for real kayakers who want to experience cool big lake and the early beginning of the Finnish summer.
VERY RARE SAIMAA RINGED SEAL
Saimaa ringed seal is unique species and one of the most rarest seals in the world. There is approximately only 400 individuals left in total.
Oravi is a small village with only 150 permanent inhabitants. This village was nominated as a village of the year in South-Savo region!
CAMPING IN BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN LINNANSAARI NATIONAL PARK
Camping is always an adventure! During this trip we will find absolutely the most stunning natural place for a perfect camping in wilderness.
Arrival to Savonlinna Airport or railway station where your guide is waiting for you. Approximately two hours transport to Oravi Village, to Saimaa Holidays. Meeting the group and accommodation in double rooms. Welcoming dinner, short briefing, introduction of Linnansaari National Park and the holiday program after dinner. Safety issues and discussion about sustainable tourism and how we put it into practice during our trip. Warm and relaxing sauna and sweet dreams in apartments!
Breakfast in restaurant. Sandwiches for picnic lunch from the breakfast table. After a nutritious breakfast short maintenance, packing up kayaks and starting the adventure! Unforgettable wildlife kayaking holiday starts with few hours kayaking towards island Hirvisaari. First few hours in Linnansaari National Park. Thumbs up for seeing many birds and Saimaa ringed seals during the day!
Delicious lunch in nature, kayaking to a wild camping place, setting up tent village, maybe a short stretching and relaxing with instructor! Dinner and good night sleep in tents. Kayaking distance about 16 km in 6 hours.
Breakfast at the camping place. During the day we paddle peacefully and quietly by many beautiful islands and try to find birds and seals for capturing photos. Your guide is telling you about seals life in Saimaa. After approximately ten kilometers kayaking soup lunch will be enjoyed together by open fire in the central island, Linnansaari, in National Park area. After lunch kayaking around the island, landing to our next camping place and getting ready for a nice hiking trip around the island. Seven kilometres path goes through the island, climbs up on the hill and gets back to the shore. After hiking we get back to the camping place, warm up the wood heated sauna and enjoy a great dinner by open fire. Relaxing sauna experience and lovely sleep in tent. Day's distance approximately 12 km kayaking and 7 km hiking in 8 hours.
Breakfast at the camp. After breakfast kayaking by few beautiful islands and back to starting point to Oravi Village. Equipment maintenance, lunch in restaurant and relaxing before sauna and shower. After sauna it is time for the celebration dinner and reflection together after a wonderful experience!
Departure day. After a nice and nutritious breakfast transfer by car to Savonlinna railway station or airport.
We reserve all the rights to change the order of the activities or the content of the program if necessary due to the weather or other conditions.