Kayaking in Linnansaari national park in lake Haukivesi in autumn is very peaceful. The boating season is definitely over, at least for visitors. Days are still very nice for kayaking.
September trip around Linnansaari island
On a fine September day I made a trip around Linnansaari island which is the main island of many Linnansaari national park’s islands. Only a 15 kilometers tour from my starting point, it was a relaxing trip in very fine weather.
I passed the Linnavuori viewpoint, up on the silhouette against the sun.
There were hardly no wind on the western side of Linnansaari which faces the big open waters of lake Haukivesi. When winds blow from other direction this side of the island can get pretty rough for kayaking.
The view to the north-west was pretty amazing.
Passing Eteläniemi of the island I heard strange voices from the shore. The flock of sheep that are kept on the island is summer were on the shore and quickly returned to the forest when I went by.
The end of the kayaking season in October
In early October the water is getting colder pretty fast. It is time to close the exceptionally long kayaking season. The colors have gotten really beautiful. Such a priviledge to go kayaking with all these views around me.
I was hoping to see a Saimaa Ringed Seal on my last kayaking trip of the season and luckily it did show up. Such a nice way to end the season.
I did not see a single boat on my trip, having at least this part of the national park to myself, wow! The evening is getting closer, it’s time to return.
Evening light at this time of the year is very hard and the sun goes down quickly. In an hour from this point it got dark.