A trip to Lake Saimaa and its archipelago offers endless experiences and breath-taking views. Just when you thought you had seen the most beautiful place in the world, the next place comes along and changes your mind. If you tour the archipelago by canoe or rowing boat, you may also see a Saimaa ringed seal, which is one of the world's most endangered species.
You can arrange your own trips out for one day or more by canoe or rowing boat and camp on islands that you come across along the way. You can plan the trip yourself or choose one of the following trips that we have planned for you:
Day trips, three nights, two days, from EUR 103 per person.
Day 1: accommodation at Nestorinranta, which is the starting point for trips every day
Day 2: line-fishing trip by rowing boat or canoe trip to the labyrinth of ponds on Rokansaari island, including picnic
Day 3: cycling trip to the highest point in the archipelago, Säkkimäki, including grilling sausages at a lean-to
Day 4: morning walk in the terrain surrounding Nestorinranta
The price includes accommodation, which you can choose from a range of cabins, rooms or cottages at different prices, courtyard sauna, rowing boat or canoe, life jackets, line-fishing package, bicycle, helmet, map, instructions and picnics for each trip. Bed linen, breakfast, dinner and final clean are available for an additional fee. There are cafes at Nestorinranta and on Rokansaari island.
Rowing or canoeing trip, 6 days, from EUR 105 per person
Accommodation at Nestorinranta on the first and last nights.
Day 1: Nestorinranta–Rokansaari. There are several splendid sandy beaches on Rokansaari island, as well as a guest harbour with barbecue shelters, outdoor toilets, saunas and a summer cafe. You can put up your tent on a public beach or near the guest harbour.
Day 2: Rokansaari–Liehtalanniemi. There is a museum farm at Liehtalanniemi, where you can put up your tent near the beach. There is also a spot for lighting bonfires and an outdoor toilet. As you travel from Rokansaari to Liehtalanniemi, you will pass several rocky skerries where seals are sometimes seen from the early summer onwards.
Day 3: Liehtalanniemi–Laajahiekka (or Ruuho). Laajahiekka is a large sandy beach on the south shore of Lapinsalmenmaa. It does not have a guest harbour but it is definitely worth swimming a visit to admire the landscapes. The route from Liehtalanniemi to Laajahiekka travels through labyrinthine straits with occasional areas of open water. Between Lapinsalmenmaa and Lintusalo, the route travels through a narrow straight that is not immediately visible. If you need the services of a guest harbour, continue onwards past Laajahiekka to Ruuhonsaari island, where you will find barbecue shelters, outdoor toilets and a sauna. You can put up your tent there near the beach.
Day 4: Laajahiekka/Ruuho–Äyrätsalo. In Ruuho, you can check out different islands and lagoons. When water levels are low, it is possible to wade from one island to the next but you will usually need a boat or canoe unless you are a good swimmer. The route from Ruuho to Äyrätsalo travels along the northern edge of the great open expanses of Lake Saimaa. This route is exposed to southerly winds. Äyrätsalo has several beautiful beaches for camping but no guest harbour as such. Good uninhabited beaches include Patoinpohja, Talvilampi and Niittusenlahti.
Day 5: Äyrätsalo–Nestorinranta. Äyrätsalo has numerous beautiful hills and paths that you can explore on the island. It is a short journey from the island to Nestorinranta. The route travels along the western side of Lintusalo and along Vetojako directly north.
Day 6: departure.
The price includes accommodation in a two-person hut on the first and last nights, courtyard sauna on the first and fifth evenings, rowing boat or canoe, life jackets and a map. Bed linen, final cleaning, accommodation in a room or cottage, breakfasts on the second and sixth mornings, a tent and other equipment, and picnics are available for an additional fee.