We respect nature and the environment
We pay attention to the diversity of nature by developing and renovating the already existing camping infrastructure. In recent years, we have improved the route signs, and the routes can be found digitally in the OutdoorActive service. We develop environmentally-friendly tourism services and products, such as cycling, kayaking, rowing, camping, skating, snowshoeing, skiing and kick sledding. On guided tours, the local guides know the environment well and can tell you about its special features and protection. Companies operating in areas managed by Metsähallitus have entered into a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus’ unit Parks & Wildlife Finland and committed to the principles of sustainable nature tourism.
Companies in the area rent equipment for nature-friendly way of moving around both on land and on water. The vitality of the endangered Saimaa ringed seal (”saimaannorppa”) is important to us as tourism operators, and when operating in its habitats, we follow the principles of seal-friendly tourism. Experienced guides on Saimaa ringed seal excursions stay at a respectful distance from the seal and tell interesting stories about its living conditions.
The nature tourism plan of the Savonlinna region gives us guidelines for future sustainable nature tourism development measures for the years 2022-2026.
Preference for renewable energy, energy efficiency and the circular economy are already the daily routine of many tourism operators in the region, and companies that are pioneers in sustainable tourism are developing their operations with the help of sustainable tourism programs and environmental certificates. We guide companies in developing and measuring sustainable operations, and the goal is to introduce a tourism carbon footprint calculator during 2023. We are also following with interest the development of the tool for measuring the nature footprint.