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Saimaa by car

Planning to travel to Finland with your own car, camper or caravan? Lake Saimaa is definitely the place to be – beautiful scenery and amazing landscapes topped of with a wide selection of sights and activities to enjoy during your holiday or round trip in Finland.


Places to visit

South Karelia is filled with interesting attractions, history and rich nature. One of the most famous sights in South Karelia is Imatrankoski rapids, which is the biggest white water rapid in Europe.

You can explore Lappeenranta’s Old Town, the Fortress, and its museums around the year. The Fortress encompasses the oldest Eastern Orthodox church in Finland and small artisans’ shops.

Over 200 years old Kärnäkoski fortress located in Savitaipale is an interesting place to visit. The fortress was built in 1793 by a Russian general Aleksandr Suvorov to protect St.Petersburg. Another interesting place to visit is museum of Hakamäki which is located on a lush hill. In Hakamäki you are able to see traditional buildings, products and textiles. In 2008 a 14 meters long observation tower was also built, from where you can see the beautiful scenery towards Lake Kuolimo.

Another interesting place to visit in Savitaipale is Rovastinoja. Visitors are able to admire the prehistoric landscape at Rovastinoja residence, with a turf hut built according to the old model. Rovastinoja is also a rest area on the route of Traces of the Ice Age – Stone Age Man.


Camping places

Lappeenranta Camping in Lappeenranta

This tourist resort consists of a camping site, holiday apartments and a café-restaurant (daily breakfast available). Situated on a beautiful headland of natural beauty by Lake Saimaa the area has many possibilities for outdoor activities. You can also rent a bike or rowing boat at the spot. Lappeenranta Camping is located only 2 km from the city centre.

Prices starting from 18 €/day including electricity + 5 €/person.

Hotel Rakuuna in Lappeenranta

Hotel Rakuuna is located in the old garrison area of Lappeenranta just a short walk from the city centre. The hotel also welcomes campers and caravans to enjoy their stay (with electricity), with shower facilities and breakfast included. Check out the available spots directly from the hotel.

Prices starting from 50 €/day including electricity, shower facilities and breakfast for 2 + 2 persons.

Vuoksi Fishing Park in Imatra

At Vuoksi Fishing Park you can enjoy the beautiful river scenery since the camping spots are located next to River Vuoksi. At Vuoksi Fishing Park you can also catch your own fish or try out the delicious local fish foods from the restaurant. There is also a new wake boarding track you can try out! The Vuoksi Fishing Park is located only about 2 km from the city centre of Imatra and the famous Imatrankoski rapids.

Prices starting from 22 €/day + 4 €/person, electricity 5,50 €/day.


Maps and route planning

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