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FEEL THE SPIRIT OF SAIMAA NATURE


When I was 10 years of age, new route to Anttola Village School took me through the forest. Whether winter or summer, I followed the route to school either on foot or on skis. The journey was filled with adventure and memorable experiences with nature. Gradually I started to understand more and more about the forest and learned to read its signs.

Today, I still pass through the Anttola forests, both for work and pleasure. The beloved environment I grew up has become my job. Whether participating in canoeing, biking or hiking treks, security is always number one, but also story is important.

Treks are always inspirational and I make effort to combine cultural heritage with nature trails.


"THE AREA I GUIDE PEOPLE, SAIMAA, IS THE FOURTH LARGEST FRESHWATER AREA IN EUROPE AND SELECTED AMONG THE WORLD'S MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKE AREAS."

Lakes Saimaa and Luonteri, my home, are located in Southeastern Finland. At approximately 4.400 square kilometres it is the largest lake in Finland. One of the most famous residents of lake Saimaa are the endangered Saimaa Ringed Seals, a fresh.water seal that only lives at Saimaa.


With 120 lakes and 14000 island, the area I guide people, Saimaa, is the fourth largest freshwater area in Europe and selected among the World's most beautiful lake areas by the Wall Street Journal in July 2014.

"Following the rhythm of nature – sensing the rhythm of nature."

  • Overnight guided tours: feel the sounds and colors of Saimaa sunset in overnight paddling excursions.

  • Guided day trips: spend a day in the most beautiful Saimaa archipelago and experience the area's heritage. If lucky, also the Saimaa ringed seal may be seen.

  • Rent a canoe: explore the area by yourself with Tiina's paddling maps and tips. Paddling experience required – book the ABC of canoeing course.

  • Spend a night in traditional "taiga" farm: leave modern gadgets behind and simplify life by becoming a shepherd in a traditional Finnish 19th century farm. Located in the middle of archipelago, in the heart of mountainous terrain. This idyllic destination offers accommodation and opportunity for day trips in the surrounding nature.



NATURE AND WELLNESS GUIDE.

Tiina Leinonen

tel. +358 500 380 032

guidetiina@gmail.com


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