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Fly & Drive: four cities by Lake Saimaa, Finland

Fly & Drive: 4 cities by Lake Saimaa Finland 

Lappeenranta International Airport is located only 2 km from city center. To Lappeenranta you can fly with Ryanair from Milan Bergamo, Berlin, Vienna and Budapest. Lappeenranta is located only a couple of hours drive away from the capital city of Helsinki. You can fly to Helsinki and rent a car there or use train or bus connection. Finland is famous for its good roads and safe traffic, so do not hesitate to grab the wheel and head for a road-trip! Many authentic restaurants and cafes will make the trip even greater experience.

Distances (km)

  • From Helsinki to Lappeenranta 220 km
  • From Helsinki to Imatra 255 km
  • From Lappeenranta to Imatra 37 km
  • From Imatra to Savonlinna 120 km
  • From Savonlinna to Mikkeli 110 km
  • From Mikkeli to Lappeenranta 113 km

Lake Saimaa - Finland's largest lake, fourth largest in Europe

  • Surface area................................ 4,460 km2
  • Maximum length.............................194 km
  • Maximum width..............................138 km
  • Shore length............................... 14,850 km
  • Number of islands............................13,710

Programme 1
Finnish Lakeland for food & culture lovers

Lappeenranta and Imatra are located in the region of South Karelia in south-eastern Finland. The magnificent metropolis of St. Petersburg is just about 200 km away from Lappeenranta and Imatra. The region’s cultural life is rich and varied, mixing both old and new. There are events galore, particularly during the summer months. In the waters of Lake Saimaa, by far the greatest attraction is nature: the archipelago and lake scenery and the clear water. 

See the programme for food & culture lovers, including the 4 cities of Lappeenranta, Imatra, Savonlinna and Mikkeli

Programme 2
Finnish Lakeland for active travelers

The active summer in the Saimaa area is full of fun things to do. In the waters of Lake Saimaa, by far the greatest attraction is nature: the archipelago and lake scenery and the clear water. If you are lucky, you may even see a Saimaa ringed seal basking on a rock on a summer’s day. Trying out the refreshing beaches and waters of Lake Saimaa is a must during your holiday. You can spend a relaxing summer day lazing on the beach or playing beach volleyball. There is plenty to do for fishing enthusiasts on the waters of Lake Saimaa that occasionally offers really big catches. For nature travelers, the Saimaa area has plenty of trails to hike and walks of various lengths. The beautiful archipelago views along the cycling routes make the trip fly by and the many sights and cafés are great places for taking a break.

See the programme for active travellers, including the 4 cities of Lappeenranta, Imatra, Savonlinna and Mikkeli

Train & bus

Simple and fast train and bus services will take you comfortably anywhere within no time. A trip to from the capital of Finland by train only takes 2 hours to Lappeenranta and 2½ hours to Imatra. All intercity trains have a restaurant wagon where even the longest trips will feel like one restaurant dinner.

More information about train services
More information about bus services

Saimaa ringed seal

The Saimaa ringed seal (Pusa hispida saimensis) is one of the world's rarest seals, appearing only in the Saimaa waterway in Finland. The Saimaa ringed seal is highly endangered and was given protected status by the WWF in 1979.

Tailored trips for groups

 If you require help with organizing a trip for a group in any of the 4 cities, please contact Saimaa Travel.

Saimaa Travel
Tel. +358 (0)5 541 0100


See also route-trip tips in Lakeland Finland and other destinations

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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