Siikalahti Nature Reserve

25.1.2022
Check regional Covid-instructions before your hiking trip or a visit to a nature center.

Liminganlahti Nature Centre is closed 1.1.-4.2.2022. The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is closed 10.1.–1.2.2022. Koli Nature Centre Ukko is closed 1.1.–20.2.2022. Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu is closed 13.1.–31.1.2022.

In other nature centers in Finland, we require the use of a facial mask and keeping the 2 meter distance to other visitors. In addition, there may be requirements to show the Covid pass, and/or the number of visitors can be limited. More information Nature centers. The length of the restrictions depends on the region. More regional information can be found at the Finnish institute for health and welfare website.
A thin layer of snow on wetland.

Southern Finland, South Karelia Region
Municipality of Parikkala 
Area: 445 hectares; Established in 2020.

The mysterious blowing call of the Great Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) and the chorus of nocturnal songsters is a musical experience you will not soon forget. Siikalahti offers a chance to experience it. Situated on the eastern Finland migration route Siikalahti wetland is filled with a flurry of activity from April from November. During the course of a year hikers have the opportunity to observe 200 different bird species and during one day possibly as many as a hundred.

Siikalahti is the overgrown eastern bay of Lake Simpelejärvi. There are an exceptionally large amount of birds nesting in the area as well as stopping there during migration. This ensures that the area is Finland's most valuable inland bird wetland. It is the best lake in Finland for bird watching.

Siikalahti is also considered a significant bird wetland internationally. The area has been restored and repaired with funds from the EU LIFE-Nature Project during 2001-2003. The aim of the project was to slow the area's overgrowing and increasing the area's biodiversity.

The area is managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland. Address: Akselinkatu 8, 57130 Savonlinna, Finland.

This is the web page nationalparks.fi/siikalahti

Customer Service

Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari
Tel. int. +358 (0)206 39 5929
saimaa(at)metsa.fi

Metsähallitus Customer Service Telephone: tel. int. +358 (0)206 39 4020

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