Ecoboat Cruises

Saimaa Seal Watching 2020

Puumala seal watching cruises are continued in spring 2020. The likeable Saimaa ringed seal is one of the rarest seals in the world, and it only lives in lake Saimaa in Finland. The landscapes in Puumala are fantastic and there are over 20 Saimaa seals living in the area. The five first weeks after ice-out are the best weeks of the year to see seals lying on a rock sunbathing, as the adult seals are changing their fur during that period. Later in summer seals can normally be seen only in the water as they come breathing in surface every 10 minutes approx. Join the friendly captain on a Seal watching cruise and get to know Saimaa seal, its habits, habitat, and if we are lucky… see Saimaa seal with your own eyes. My ecoboat is the most seal-friendly boat available, and it brings you on the waters of Saimaa Seal on select days. Ecoboat is very comfortable and weather-proof, thanks to the covered cabin it keeps you warm, and it is great for photography. Select your favourite tour, make easy booking online, and see you on Saimaa seal watching tour !

  • 3.5-8.6. is the best time for Saimaa seal watching, and we give 99% guarantee for spotting seal on sunny days.  NEW better route and departures from Okkola sauna shore in Niinisaari island, right in middle of the best seal area. Guaranteed departures on fridays  and saturdays, you can book individual seats.  Adult Saimaa seals spend lots of time on sunny rocks in early summer as they are changing their fur, making this the time of the year to spot seals.
  • 10-16.6. no tours available
  • After 17.6. private charters are available.  You may select departure point in Puumala center harbour or Sahanlahti resort. It is more difficult to spot seals in summer time, because seals remain in water during warm water season, and seals can only be spotted when they rise to surface to breath every 10 minutes or so.  Still we guarantee a nice nature experience and many seal stories along the way, as well as the best lake views.


  • Saimaa ringed seal population near Puumala  is over 20 seals, and you have 99% possibility to spot a seal
  • Ecoboat is the most seal-friendly boat &  the only 100% electric passenger boat in Finland, very comfortable and warm even if the waters are still cold after winter
  • Lake Saimaa landscapes near Puumala are amazing. Puumala is amongs the best seal areas in lake Saimaa
  • Your friendly captain will tell you stories about Saimaa seal and lake Saimaa
  • Best service guarantee

Read more about the schedule, prices and book here


Arto Keinänen
arto.keinanen (at)
+358 400 966 800