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Active holiday at Lappeenranta and Kouvola

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Spend memorable holidays by Finland’s largest lake, Saimaa, whatever the season. Tourists have been drawn to the region for centuries – and its attraction remains undiminished to this day. Lappeenranta is located in the Province of Southern Finland, South Karelia, near the Russian border only 200 km from St. Petersburg and 230 km from Helsinki.
At Lake Saimaa, you can experience the clean and safe nature destination where inhabitants naturally keep a distance. Lappeenranta Fortress and harbour boulevard await you, and tourist services help your trip around the lake.
In summertime, everyone in the Saimaa region takes to the waters to admire the stunning lake scenery on a cruise, canoe or a rowing boat. There are plenty of nature trails to hike or bicycle at and local cultural events to enjoy. A summer night in Finland is enchanting, since the sun never seems to set. In the Lappeenranta region, the dusk only lasts for a couple of hours in midsummer.

Fly with Ryanair to Lappeenranta or take the train from Helsinki, what about a rental car? 


Kouvola is BIG on experience. Whether you prefer culture or sports, urban amusement or the great outdoors, Kouvola has got you covered. Finland, of course, is the “land of a thousand lakes” – and we have dibs on over 450 of them. Along the shorelines you’ll find over 7,000 summer cottages (also rental) that go a long way of showing what the “Finnish Way of Life” is all about.
The legendary Repovesi National Park is simply a must to see for every nature-lover, as is the Mustila Arboretum. What’s more, both attractions are known for being quiet family-friendly, too. In addition, Kouvola boasts its very own UNESCO World Heritage site, the Verla Mill – and after a tour at the venerable Verla, perhaps a quick stop at Tykkimäki Amusement Park and/or AquaPark?
What else is there? Well, you can golf, go rock-climbing, take in a midnight concert at Hiidenvuori hill or check out the mighty Kymi River, tour the local museums and mansions, or go shopping!

Fly with Ryanair to Lappeenranta and take the train or bus to Kouvola, what about a rental car? Kouvola can also be reached from Helsinki.

You can switch the tour starting from Lappeenranta or Kouvola, as you wish!

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Day 1:

Accommodation at Salpalinjan Hovi, a mansion-like family-run hotel 9 kilometers from Lappeenranta city center. The hotel is former village school builts from logs, situated in the middle of South Karelia’s beautiful nature. We offer six apartment suites which have been beautifully renovated according to different school subjects.

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Weekly program in Lappeenranta (summer 2021) >>

Day 2:

Accommodation at Wooddream villas, high-quality and well equipped villas situated in Taipalsaari, 20 km from Lappeenranta, in the midst of the beautiful clean Finnish nature by the Lake Saimaa.

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Weekly program in Lappeenranta (summer 2021) >>

Tip! Rent a bike from Saimaa Naturally and take part to the Saimaa archipelago cycling route >>

Day 3:

Accommodation at Villa Lummelahti cottages, cottage at Lake Saimaa with own pier and natural sand beach is perfect for family and friends. Located near Savitaipale, you can also ride a bike there.

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Weekly program in Lappeenranta (summer 2021) >>

Want to stay more than one night in every location? Yes, it is possible. Tours can be tailormade.

Day 4:

Accommodation at Aurantola Manor and Cottages, situated in Jaala on the shores of the clear lake Karijärvi in Kouvola. The cottages are scattered throughout a beautiful birch forest with lake views. At Aurantola you can find log cabins with modern conveniences, summer sleeping cabins, rooms, a chapel, caravan park, wilderness hut and of course a lakeside sauna.

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Repovesi National Park - The park offers accessible adventures for everyone. Its hills and cliffs challenge keen hikers and climbers. Highlights for families include the Lapinsalmi bridge, the hand-operated Fox's Ferry, cosy Lapp-style huts for rent, and fine views over the treetops from the park's high spots. Tours >>

Tip! Time for a sauna experience! Visit Tykkimäen sauna, a public sauna near Käyrälampi beach and Tykkimäki Amusement Park 5 km from Kouvola city center. During the summer you can swim in the clean waters of Käyrälampi and during the winter, you can try ice-swimming. This is something you don't want to miss!

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End of the tour:

As you have now experienced the beautiful scenes of Lake Saimaa, Lappeenranta region and Kouvola region, you can extend your stay or combine it with a visit to other smaller municipalities or cities in Sout East Finland, get inspired and check out more info at: goSaimaa.com and VisitKouvola.


Lake Saimaa, Purest Finland Regional Council of South Karelia Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment Rural 2020 The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas
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