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SaimaaHoliday lakeland resorts, responsibility and sustainability

SaimaaHoliday is a group of family owned companies that offer accommodation, lake activities and restaurant services in the heart of Saimaa lakeland. SaimaaHoliday was founded in 1999. The two main SaimaaHoliday resorts are situated in Oravi and in Rantasalmi and we arrange activities in Linnansaari and Kolovesi National parks.

SaimaaHoliday is a rewarded aquatic tourism destination. In 2010 SaimaaHoliday was a winning destination in EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence). In 2021 SaimaaHoliday received the Sustainable Travel Finland sertificate amonst one of the first companies in Saimaa region.

SaimaaHoliday values

1. Sustainable, long-term actions and respect nature values
2. Fellowship and cooperation
3. Exclusive and personalized customer service
4. Have fun at work
5. Be openminded and innovative

Considering the environment is particularly important to us, and SaimaaHoliday is certified with the Swan environmental label. Examples of environmental actions: We have built our own waste sorting station which is used by the entire village. We prefer wooden construction, the surroundings of the rental villas are unspoilt, we use carbon dioxide-free electricity and most buildings have geothermal or air source heat pumps. We are also partially switching to solar electricity, in 2021 solar panels have been installed in the main building of the harbor and in all rental villas. Every year we plant a new trees in the forests nearby.

Read more about our environmental program here:
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We share the same home waters with the Saimaa ringed seal, therefore we have developed seal friendly activities. and we follow the rules of seal-friendly tourism. In the rental office and at the reception, we share information about seals, fishing, tour etiquette and responsible hiking. We have prepared a guide for responsible water hikers and we organize environmental education for school children.

We prefer eco-friendly transportation methods such as canoeing, biking, hiking and tour skating. We have a kayaking center that has been operating since 1997, we prefer cycling in our everyday life and we welcome cyclists. Read more about services for cyclists here. We have a wide range of rental equipment for both summer and winter hiking. At the rental office, we instruct hikers on hiking etiquette and share information about responsible water hiking: respect for nature, fire-making and trash-free camping. In winter, we maintain a winter hiking trail on lake Haukivesi, the marked winter hiking trail protects the seals from being disturbed.  We also prefer ridesharing, we arrange transport with our safari bus to Savonlinna/Kolovesi and regular boat to Linnansaari.


In our restaurants, we use as much local ingredients as possible, according to the season, and we especially prefer lake fish and wild food. We buy local fish directly from fishermen and further process it in our own food facility.

 

The vitality of our home region and respect for local culture is important to us, and we cooperate with local companies and associations, e.g. We hold joint first aid trainings and exercises with VPK. Our village store is open also during the quiet months of the year and the cafe serves as a gathering place for the local people. We want our area to be good to live in and visit now and in the future.

We are committed to developing the accessibility of our premises, services and products. You can find a summary of Oravi's accessible services here.

 

We respect local culture and people. In Oravi everyone is welcome, regardless of their background, gender, age, country of origin, nationality, sexual orientation, physical disability, religion, or political views. We show respect to everyone that in return shows it to us, to local people and nature.


SaimaaHoliday Oravi is committed to working for a more sustainable tourism in Finland and we have signed the 10 principles of sustainable tourism. We have participated in responsibility training and gone through the STF sustainable tourism development path. SaimaaHoliday Oravi has been awarded Business Finland's  label Sustainable Travel Finland
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SaimaaHoliday Oravi companies

Saimaan Eräpalvelu Oravi Oy (Saimaa Wildreness Service Ltd),
lake activities since 1996
Oravin kyläkauppa Oy, village shop
Oravi Lake Center Oy, village shop and restaurant since  2013
Loma-Oravi Oy, 17 villas, built in 2003-2014
PV-group, Oravi Apartments hotel, built in 2008


© SaimaaHoliday 2022