TOUR AVAILABLE: Daphne tour in April, liverwort and arctic violet in May, sandpink and thyme in July. Gardens in June-August. Please check the availability of tours in advance since the growing period varies from year to year.
South Karelia is famous for its endemic species – among them such flowers like beautiful and very rare arctic violet (spring pasqueflower, lady of the snows) in Latin Pulsatilla Vernalis. Lady of the snows blossoms very early in the spring. It is highly endangered and you are not allowed to pick them. Arctic violet is the county flower of South Karelia. Another Ice Age relict is the sand pink Dianthus arenarius which blossoms in July. South Karelia has a quite many private gardens that are open for visitors, too. Please check the availability of the tour since the growing period varies from year to year. Our tour guide meets you at your hotel and takes you to the woods to see these rarities. You can either drive your own car or we can arrange the transfers.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Varies. On some routes there are uphills and downhills. Walking distances 0,5-3 km.
PRICE: Daphne tour 2,5 h 120 €/1-4 persons. Arctic violet and liverwort 1,5 h 100 €/1-4 persons. Transportation from Imatra hotels and Holiday Club Saimaa 50 € 1-3 persons, 4-8 persons 110 €.