Linnansaari National Park
Located in the areas of Rantasalmi, Savonlinna and Varkaus, in the South Savo region.
- The National Park was established at 1956 and covers 97 square kilometres.
- The Park is located in the area of several municipalities and conserve the valuable natural features of the Finnish lakeland.
- Access to the Linnansaari National Park is by water.
- The park includes more than 130 islands and hundreds of smaller islets and protruding rocks. The purchase of the core areas of the national park was justified with their natural beauty.
- Linnansaari 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 main island has an old croft, the courtyard of which is considered a traditional landscape, and the fields of which are still used for digging to protect old cultural species.
- Linnansaari National Park is home to the Saimaa ringed seal and some of the most beautiful lakeland scenery in the area. One of Finland’s densest osprey populations also nests there.
- The municipality of Rantasalmi is about 44 km from the town of Savonlinna and 45 km from the town of Varkaus.
- Canoeing is a brilliant way to explore the Linnansaari National Park. The great expanses of open water on Lake Haukivesi and the straits between its islands can also be navigated by beginners.
- There are some marked routes in the national park in Linnansaari Island. Most parts of Linnansaari Island are extremely hilly and rocky.
- Linnansaari National Park is suitable for visitors of all ages and all conditions, in summer and during the skating season. There is a trail from Sammakkoniemi Camping to Linnansaari Croft (0,7 km) on the main island which is accessible by wheelchair, but assistance is needed.
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