Oravi village

Kanava Resort is located in the immediate vicinity of the Oravi village, right at the mouth of the headland-cutting Oravi canal. At the idyllic village, you can find a year-round village shop, a local café and restaurant Ruukinranta, and a guest harbor, which can be conveniently reached on foot from Kanava Resort’s villas. Oravi village is just a few hundred meters away from the resort’s grounds.

In addition to its beautiful open canal, the Oravi area is known for its rich history. Until 1901, an ironworks operated on the northern shore of the canal, where the villas of Kanava Resort now reside. Since the early 1900s, the area has been home to both residential apartments and an inn as well as the local post office. A piece of the history of this area, also known as Puistoniemi, has been preserved at Kanava Resort in the form of an old vaulted earth cellar.


  • Oravi Village 0,3 km
  • Linnansaari National park 10,5 km
  • Savonlinna Airport 35 km
  • Savonlinna 40 km
  • Kolovesi National Park 50 km
  • Varkaus 60 km
  • Punkaharju 67 km
  • Jyväskylä 190 km
  • Helsinki 370 km
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By water

  • Linnansaari National Park 6 km
  • Savonlinna 35 km

Activities in Oravi

Located between two beloved national parks, Oravi is a true winter sports paradise. Known for one of Finland’s most diverse and beautiful winter outdoor trails, Oravi offers opportunities for activities such as ice skating, skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, or even ice floating! The nearly 20-kilometer-long ice route starts right next to Kanava Resort.

SaimaaHoliday Oravi offers numerous equipment rental and safari services as well as guided tours in both summer and winter seasons. Popular trips that focus on spotting the endangered and protected Saimaa ringed seals as well as fishing, canoeing, and boat cruises are part of Oravi’s summer activities, just as much as ice skating, snowmobiling, ice swimming, and ice floating are part of the winter seasons’.

Finns love making the most of our beautiful surroundings by spending time in the nature. It’s very typical and more than allowed for locals and tourists alike to explore and do things in the Finnish nature freely. You can swim in the lakes and walk in the woods freely, as stated in the Finnish Everyman’s Right.

From Oravi’s harbor, you can conveniently take a boat taxi operated by SaimaaHoliday Oravi to Linnansaari National Park.

Learn more about Oravi’s activities on the SaimaaHoliday Oravi website.

Happiest country
in the world

By now, you’ve probably heard that Finland is the world’s happiest country – six years in the running, no less. The World Happiness Report states it’s due to the country’s healthy life expectancy, great social support, how highly we appreciate and look after our own community, and the freedom everyone has to make key life decisions. We fully agree. And while these things make us Finns one of the most fortunate people on the planet, we also think the key to happiness can be found in the simple joys surrounding us.

For example, did you know that water in Finland is among the purest in the world? Not only is our tap water completely safe to drink, it also tastes good – if you can say that about water (and we think you totally can)!

Clean water doesn’t just run through our taps, it surrounds us. Finland is often referred to as the land of a thousand lakes, which are free and safe for anyone to swim in, by the way. Finns love to swim so much we don’t stop dipping even once the lakes freeze over during the winter – we’ll just put on our caps and our protective shoes and do some literal ice swimming.

Summer’s nightless nights, the wonderful Northern Lights, and the ever changing seasons of Finland are just a few of the reasons why we think Finns have mastered the art of true happiness. We have a lot to be happy about. Come see for yourself.

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