Open Wild Food Cruise in Puumala. Guide Arto is an expert of wild edible plants, herbs, berries and mushrooms that grow in Finland forests. Arto organizes courses and foraging tours to the nature. The wild food cruise is a combination of a wild food course and a comfortable sightseeing cruise, put together.
Ecoboat is a nature friendly electric boat, and Arto skipper drives us from Puumala harbour to the beautifull archipelago. During cruise Arto makes the wild food course and gives you information about foraging, using of wild edibles and their health benefits. And of course, we admire the great sceneries as we go.
Eventually we land in Niinisaari island, at the Liehtalanniemi Museum Estate and nature reserve, which is a really beautifull place, a taste of the past as the estate is over 100 years old. Your guide Arto brings you on a foraging trip in the Estate lands and you will learn to identify edible plants in practice. After the foraging trip we enjoy a snack with coffee and tea, and also prepare a wild salad to add wild flavours to the snack.
On the way back we shall repeat what we have learned so far, and you can ask questions. If we are lucky, we might also see a glimps of the rare Saimaa ringed seals that live in the area. The wild food cruise gives you a lot of information about the wild edible plants and may help you start a new hobby. The comfortable cabin of the Ecoboat and the great sceneries make a great learning environment, pure pleasure indeed.