Linnansaari National Park located in the Southern Savo and Northern Savo regions of Finland. It lies in the middle of the lake Haukivesi, a part of greater Saimaa. The municipality of Rantasalmi is about 44 km from the town of Savonlinna and 45 km from the town of Varkaus. The village of Oravi is 40 km from Savonlinna and 60 km from Varkaus.
The National Park was established at 1956 to conserve the valuable natural features of the Finnish lakeland.
Access to the Linnansaari National Park is by water.
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.
There are marked routes in the national park only on Linnansaari. Linnansaari has three ring routes, which can be formed into several different routes.
You can drive from either the centre of Rantasalmi 7 km towards Varkaus, to Porosalmi Village, or start your trip from Oravi Village. In summer season both have daily boat services to the main island of the National Park.
There are train (www.vr.fi), bus (www.matkahuolto.fi) and aeroplane (www.finavia.fi) connections to Savonlinna and Varkaus.
From Varkaus and Savonlinna there are a daily bus connections, on weekdays close to Porosalmi (in Rantasalmi).
The nearest bus stop when travelling to Linnansaari via Rantasalmi on the coach coming from Varkaus is at the fork of the road to Porosalmi, about 3 km away from Porosalmi.
The nearest bus stop when travelling to Linnansaari via Oravi is on the road 468 at Saimaansydän Oravi. Services of Saimaansydän Oravi include a Canoeing Centre, a hostel, a shop, a restaurant and a guestharbour, which is the departure place for the boat services to the National Park. Oravi Canoeing Centre has tourist information point, and information boards.