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Cruise in Puumala by Lake Saimaa
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Cruise in Puumala by Lake Saimaa

By Lakeland GTE
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Ages 1-99, max of 10 per group
Duration: 3h
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Live guide: German, English, French
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  • Afternoon tea
  • Professional guide
  • Live entertainment
  • Coffee and/or Tea
What's not included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified


Start:Multiple meeting point options.
  • Option 1
    Ylössaarentie 35, 52200 Puumala, Finland
    Starting point for all departures early summer 1.5-13.6. Leave your car at parking of Okkola holiday cottages. Follow the signs to the shore 300m
  • Option 2
    Puumala harbour, Satamatie 2, 52200 Puumala, Finland
    Starting point for all departures in mid-summer and late-summer 15.6-30.9. Puumala marketplace boat harbor, boat is located by the "Kalakontti-fish-truck".
  • Option 3
    Sahanlahti Resort Ltd, Lietvedentie 830, 52200 Puumala, Finland
    Starting point for all departures after August 14th. Guest boat harbor next to Rantamakasiini restaurant.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8333P26

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Cruise in Puumala by Lake Saimaa?
    Cruise in Puumala by Lake Saimaa price starts from €66.46. Discover and book Cruise in Puumala by Lake Saimaa on Tripadvisor
    What is the Cruise in Puumala by Lake Saimaa cancellation policy?
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    Cruise in Puumala by Lake Saimaa is hosted by Lakeland GTE. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Lakeland GTE on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Cruise in Puumala by Lake Saimaa on Tripadvisor
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    On average, this experience will take approximately 3h. Discover and book Cruise in Puumala by Lake Saimaa on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8333P26

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    Itinerary
    • You’ll have 3 starting options
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    • Pass by
      Lake Saimaa
    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • Lakeland GTE
      262
      Puumala, Finland
      Joined in February 2015
    • SimonR351
      0 contributions
      Fun ice floating and E-scooters
      Arto was fantastic, very friendly and very knowledgeable, we did ice floating and the E scooter, both of which were great fun. Highly recommend Arto and Lakeland.
      Written 9 February 2024
    • 386hannur
      0 contributions
      Great experience to help seals nesting
      Trip to make snowpiles for Saimaa ringed seals´nesting on lake Saimaa! Very well organized trip and a lot of interesting info of seals was given. Hopefully Arto will arrange these triosta also next year!
      Written 28 January 2024
    • NorthStar07167681067
      0 contributions
      Great experience - Also for beginners
      Thanks so much to Arto our guide! We had never done this before, but Arto's instructions were great and after a short time we had so much fun scooting on the lake and in the forest! We certainly recommend it to everyone :)
      Written 16 January 2024
    • ilmarik2024
      0 contributions
      Great for kids (12y) also
      Great for kids (12y) also, nice seanery at the lake. Some parts of the course vere little difficult for beginners.
      Written 1 January 2024
    • F7966EOaaa
      0 contributions
      Ten Points, Exellent !!
      Great stories, and wiews ,Great guide/skipper(Arto), Skipper plays music in live, same time when costumers enjoy a coffee in the boat. Ten Points.
      Written 21 August 2023
    • MissimStephanie
      0 contributions
      Peaceful and interesting boat trip
      Very nice experience with Arto ! The electric boat is perfect way to enjoy the peace of Saimaa lake. The tour is 1h20 ,which is perfect to do with young kids. Arto explained us lot of things about Saimaa and also the finnish culture. I definitively recommend.
      Written 21 August 2023
    • 471eijah
      0 contributions
      Saimaa Seal Tour
      We booked this trip to see a glance of Saimaa ringed seal knowing that this time of the year it would be very difficult to see one. We were more than happy with the tour. It was excellent. We did not see the seal but saw birds like Kalasääski, Osprey, and its nest. The quiet lake scenery with a beautiful sunset was superb. Arto was an excellent guide and gave us a lot of information with some great pictures and videos. A silent electric boat was very nice. Thank you Arto! We will return in May 2024.
      Written 21 August 2023
    • S133BTannap
      0 contributions
      Wonderful short cruise in Saimaa
      We saw Saimaa ringed seal (saimaannorppa) and a nest of Osprey (kalasääski) with two adult birds and one chick. There were binoculars on the boat that passengers can borrow. The skipper Arto was very nice and had great stories about the area. The electric boat was so quiet, a great alternative to motorboats. Great way to get out to lake Saimaa if you don't have time for a longer cruise or paddling.
      Written 15 July 2023
    • Sargeri
      0 contributions
      Relaxed boat trip on Lake Saimaa
      Mr Arto, the guide showed a great interest and love for the nature. He entertained our small group with interesting stories, music and coffee service. My warmest recommendation💚 Arto-oppaan rakkaus ja mielenkiinto luontoa kohtaan tuli selväksi. Hän viihdytti pientä ryhmäämme tarinoilla, musiikilla ja kahvittelulla. Lämmin suositus 💚.
      Written 7 July 2023
    • Chelsea1008
      0 contributions
      Good way to get out on the lake
      Nice time on an electric boat, quiet and great to be on the water. The skipper /owner is super friendly, entertaining and accommodating. Saw an osprey nest with parent feeding the babies some fish. Beautiful trip on lake Saimaa is easy to book and get to right on the dock by the fish truck.
      Written 2 July 2023
    • Curiosity46251548060
      0 contributions
      Seal Safari in Puumala
      Besides the beautifull view of the lakes with its islands, we enjoyed the information we got and the nice atmosphere in the boat. We learned a lot about Finland and the seals. We were lucky to see 2 seals. A very nice experience!
      Written 15 June 2023
    • RonRap
      0 contributions
      Amazing electric boat, extremely nice guide, great experience!
      Amazing Ecoboat, very friendly and knowledgeable guide who made us feel at home and answered any questions we had (as the only non-Finnish on the tour!). Highly recommend!
      Written 12 June 2023
    • ggjhc
      0 contributions
      Great activity and experience!
      We participated in ice-floating with a group of colleagues. What a great experience! And what a wonderful person Arto is. Very sincere and interested. Told us a lot about Finland, nature, Savonlinna and the Finnish lifestyle. In addition, a knowledgeable instructor. Finally, a nice Finnish hot drink. Thank you Arto! It was great!
      Written 10 April 2023
    • 258fl
      0 contributions
      Ride on Saimaa lake
      Riding on Saimaa lake and then in the forest was AMAZING. Thanks to the guide, Arto, we spent a great time!
      Written 22 March 2023
    • Frank188593
      0 contributions
      An Amazing electric snow scooter experience
      The experience with the elyly snowmobile is highly recommended. We were one of the first users of the elylyl snowmobile. A snowmobile in the form of a step and electric. It takes some getting used to to find the balance of the snowmobile, but within 5 minutes you have the snowmobile under control. The snowmobile has a speed of 5-30 km/h. The scooter easily drives through the snow. Steering the scooter is using the handlebars and shifting your weight. With the guide Arto and the snowmobile we drove through the woods. An experience I can recommend.
      Written 20 March 2023
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    S H
    1 contribution
    Aug 2021
    We had a wonderful evening on the eco boat with Arto. Although we did not see a seal we learnt a lot about seals. Arto is very knowledgeable, it is a great fun to listen to him and he made it a never forgetable evening for us. Arto knows a lot of languages - our tour was tri-lingual. Our 10year old son had fun as well. The personal highlight was listening to the family singing old finish songs with Arto while sunset. And we saw several sea eagles. We booked a private seal tour for 7 people.
    Written 15 August 2021
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    Thank you very much for taking tour with me. I can tell you that I enjoyed your company very much too! Greetings to all and welcome back. Arto guide
    Written 16 August 2021
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    Taru
    Tampere, Finland2 contributions
    May 2021
    Very nice boat cruise on an eco boat. Because the boat is quite small, we were only 8 + Arto the guide. He showed pictures and told us about Saimaa ringed seal (Saimaannorppa). The cruise was three hours which was a good time. We got to see two seals, one very close to us in the water and the other one further away on the rocks. Arto also told us about other animals in the area such as different birds.

    The boat was cozy and quiet. A very good trip andd I definately can recommend it to others who want to see the saimaannorppa. Of course because it's a wild animal, there's no 100% guarantee to see one, but according to our guide this May was good. The best time to go is May because the seals are sunbathing on the rocks and land to change their winter fur off. The windows were openable with zippers so it doesn't matter if it's sunny or rainy weather. Due to covid19 we used masks and I think it's a good thing.
    Written 6 June 2021
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    Thank you very much for your review and for joining the tour. Tours continue untill 13.6. and next year again starting 1.5.2022. Happy summer and all the best ! Cheers Arto guide
    Written 7 June 2021
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    AnuNow
    1 contribution
    May 2020 • Family
    A very nice Mothers' Day cruise on a sunny, calm day. The seal was exactly where our guide knew it would be and looked so pretty!!! Glimmering lake, lots of excitement to find the seal and bonus Pandion haliaeetus nest and four loons (Gavia arctica) circling us.

    The pandemic procedures were good and I can highly recommend this eco-friendly tour for everybody!
    Written 11 May 2020
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    Thanks for joining me and for your review. Much appreciated! Arto
    Written 20 May 2020
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    Sari H
    Kotka, Finland4 contributions
    May 2020 • Friends
    The host was very friendly with broad knowledge of the area and ringed seals. The boat was cute, silent and the plastic curtain windows protected from wind and rain. Lake Saimaa was very beautiful even in rainy weather.
    Written 18 May 2020
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    Thanks for joining me and for your review. Much appreciated! Arto
    Written 20 May 2020
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    Cri
    Milan, Italy5 contributions
    Aug 2023 • Family
    This experience could simply be described as unforgettable.
    The beauty of Lake Saimaa at sunset, the wonder of a dazzling day, the silence, the lucky we had and Arto's competence and kindness will stay with us forever.
    I found and booked the cruise on the web, very quick and easily I have to say: we immediately received a confirm with instructions and, further on, a useful reminder just some time before departure. It is important to emphasize that the cruise is on a fully electric boat, so it is very silent: this is fundamental not to disturb the animals’ quiet (and your own!).
    Arto was always very clear about not being able to grant the seals' sighting, but …we were blessed! After a couple of fast spottings of a diving seal, we were so lucky to spot a curious pup who observed us silently sailing beside it for long, unforgettable minutes! We also spotted a couple of ospreys and a grouse, not to mention Saimaa’s astonishing views, commented by Arto’s in-depth information on the Lake and seals’ life cycle.
    At sunset, Arto presented us with warm coffee and homemade buns, which he was so kind to cook gluten free as we mentioned in our requests. He was an exquisite host even to introduce us to the Dutch couple sailing with me and my family, encouraging us to chat and creating a relaxed atmosphere.
    Written 5 October 2023
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    Thank you very much for joining my Seal safari in Puumala. I wish to see you again one day perhaps? cheers guide Arto
    Written 29 January 2024
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    Jaakko M
    2 contributions
    May 2021
    After previously visiting Saimaa for a canoeing trip we have fallen in love with the area. A lifelong dream for the members of Norppakerho and a treat for the more recent Norppalive viewers, we managed to spot the rare ringed seals in the wild. One even came to check us out close to the boat! We were also able to spot multiple birds on the islands, including a nesting Osprey. Arto the host told us interesting tales and facts about the Saimaa Ringed Seal and the area. He was very friendly and helpful, answering all our questions and provided a lovely journey. Special mention and thanks for the gluten/lactose free buns provided so also people with celiac disease were able to enjoy the pullakahvi moment in the sunset. Highly recommended!
    Written 31 May 2021
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    Thanks for joining and very much appreciate your kind review. I share your thanks will bun-maker too. Hope to see you again one day. cheers Arto
    Written 1 June 2021
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    Geneviève H
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg40 contributions
    Oct 2022
    We loved our 2 hours private trip around lake Saimaa in an open motorboat although it was quite chilly and we didn't see any seals. Arto was the best guide you can hope for. He gave us a lot of explanations about the lake and the region and made us delicious sausages and tea during our small break on an island. We were lucky to end the trip with a magnificent sunset. Go for it- you won't regret it.
    Written 10 October 2022
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    Thanks for coming on my boat tour, and highly appreciate your kind review. The best time of the year to spot seals is in May. Hoping to see you again one day.. cheers Arto
    Written 11 October 2022
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    Johan
    1 contribution
    Aug 2020 • Couples
    The guide was really friendly and professional. He took us far into the Puumala archipelago. We didnt see a ringed seel this time, but we did see many fine birds and desert rocky islands that could have been photographed and made into a painting. We also enjoyed lovely tea break in the incredibly beautiful scenery of the lake.
    Written 6 August 2020
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    Thanks a million for your review. I am glad to having you on my tour. Welcome back with friends. Cheers captain Arto
    Written 17 August 2020
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    Heli N
    1 contribution
    Jul 2020 • Couples
    The private Cruise (1,5 h) by Lake Saimaa was great! The captain Arto was very friendly and knows a lot about Puumala, Lake Saimaa, Saimaa ringed seals and their habits. The weather was nice and the boat (Lady of the Lake) was nice and quite. Very excellent experience.
    Written 20 July 2020
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    Thanks a million for your review. I am glad to having you on my tour. Welcome back with friends. Cheers captain Arto
    Written 24 July 2020
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    FamilyFunExplorer
    30 contributions
    We had a wonderful time with Captain Arto on his Ecoboat. The cruise was about 90 min. We learned a lot from the Captain's experience of the lake, nature, and also Finland's history. The whole family enjoyed the trip. The snacks were delicious. At the end of the cruise we had a very pleasant surprise from the captain while we were enjoying the snacks. He played a beautiful song on his accordion about lake Saimaa.
    Written 7 September 2021
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    Thank you very much! Hoping to see you again one day at lake Saimaa. Greetings from captain Arto
    Written 8 September 2021
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