Finnish Sauna experience in Linnansaari island national park
Scheduled boat drive to Linnansaari island National park leaves at 9:30 and 11:30 am from Charming Oravi village. On the drive you may be lucky to see majestic fly of an osprey. There are several great trails in Linnansaari National park. The best one is to hike to Linnavuori, one of the Finland’s rare hillforts. On top of the Linnavuori rock is a spectacular view over hundreds of Saimaa Archipelago islands spreading as far you can see. It is easy to imagine yourself to be on the watch during the iron age. No wonder the first known border to separate east and west, Russia and Sweden’s Finland, was here. On halfway of this 7 km circular trail is also the perfect spot for wild swimming at Perpulanluhta. After refreshing swim you can make your own campfire or just enjoy your packed lunch on the campsite before continuing to explore the diverse ecosystem which includes all the Finnish forest types. Duckboard bridge crosses Linnansaarenlampi Pond. At the end of the trail you can get to Linnansaari Croft where you’ll learn about the life in the old times and the slash-and-burn agriculture. Friendly Finnsheep, which is an ancient breed, native to Finland, and over three hundred species of large butterflies are the summer habitants of Linnansaari. After the hike and explore of the island is time for idyllic Sauna experience in this wooden heated Finnish sauna. It relaxes and reduce muscle soreness after day’s activities. It is exclusively in your use only. Finnish sauna tradition is to throw water on hot stones, enjoy the gentle steam and cool you down in pure lake of Saimaa. Sauna with wild swimming flushes toxins, relieves stress and cleanses the skin. After the sauna you will feel reborn. Latest scheduled boat drive will leave 6pm from Sammakkoniemi back to Oravi village. Before leaving Oravi village, you can enjoy Finnish delicacies at the Ruukinranta restaurant and be amazed of the Nordic light night.