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Finnish Lakeland for active travellers

The active summer in the Lake Saimaa area is full of fun things to do. In the waters of Lake Saimaa, by far the greatest attraction is nature: the archipelago with over 13 000 islands and lake scenery with 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. Additionally you can choose from versatile activities such as boating, golf, canoeing, fishing and floating.

Round tour of 4 cities in the Lakeland area

Summer breeze in Lappeenranta Harbour

Accommodate in Original Sokos Hotel Lappee in the heart of Lappeenranta. Spend the day walking in historical surroundings, the Old Fortress area of the city and sail with m/s Camilla to the magnificient Lake Saimaa or even visafree to Vyborg, Russia on board m/s Carelia.

Exciting adventures in Imatra

Make your way to Imatra, only a 30 minutes drive from Lappeenranta. Try a bunch of diffrent activities, for excitement e-fatbiking and a ride with a fast boat, or for calmer pace, golf and sup-boarding before swimming in the lake and enjoying the sauna.

Threat you self like a royalty in Savonlinna

Next stop in your round tour is the magnificent Savonlinna, where you can experience the athmosphere of Olavinlinna castle, surrounded by international quests of the Opera Festival. After a cpectacular day at the Opera you can relax in Järvisydän, the Spa complex. You might even see the ringed seal in the national park of Linnansaari.

Enjoy the tastes of Lake Saimaa, Purest Finland, in Mikkeli

After the relaxing Spa treatments choose your final stop to be in Mikkeli. Enjoy culinarous surprises made of local and fresh ingredients in Tertti manor. Walk in the forest and feel the purity of the nature. Listen to the silence and breath the clean air.
Feel yourself alive!


Distances (km)
From Helsinki to Lappeenranta 220 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

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. You can also fly to the capital city of Helsinki and rent a car there. All the major airlines operate flights to the capital city of Helsinki. 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.

See an amazing year-round life cycle of the region in “Tale of a Lake” movie trailer that was filmed on Lake Saimaa.

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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