Linnansaari National Park, Rantasalmi

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Linnansaari National Park (Finnish: Linnansaaren kansallispuisto) is a national park in the Southern Savonia and Northern Savonia regions of Finland. It lies in the middle of the lake Haukivesi, a part of greater Saimaa. The National Park was established to conserve the valuable natural features of the Finnish lakeland.

On the main island there's an old croft. Slash-and-burn agriculture is still practised on its fields to conserve the old cultural landscape and the associated plant and animal species. A large part of the island is natural-state coniferous forest, with some herb-rich parts.

The critically endangered Saimaa Ringed Seal inhabits the park.
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  • I must admit, we went to see several national parks in the region, they all sort of looked alike, with big stretches of water, and islands full of trees. Went on a boat ride to see the seals, I...  more »
  • We did a 8km round trip hike over the island, very diverse, green, rich flora. The terrain was tough at times, a lot of ups and downs. Did this with 4 boys, age 6 to 9, and they all held out. Our...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful places on earth. Beautiful lake area with small islands all over. National Park is really complicated area, so it is very important that you have a local quide or you are good with navigation. I've seen couple times canoeing group asking in the evening that where they are. Highly recommend.
  • This island is beautiful and serene, lots of opportunities to swim, sauna, some walks and canoeing. Charming! If you camp overnight, keep your food out of reach of the honey badger!

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