The rich history, pure nature and great travel opportunities makes Saimaa a unique region in the world of waters. It’s Finland’s largest and Europe’s 4th largest lake, in which you can meet the very endangered, 8000 years ago stranded Saimaa ringed seal.
Destinations: Saimaa region
The area of Savonlinna is the pearl of Lake Saimaa. Savonlinna is a beautiful and lively city of around 35 000 people in Eastern Finland, in the lap of lake Saimaa. The varied nature of the area of Savonlinna shows the beauty and gracefulness of Finland’s Lakeland. From Savonlinna, you can quickly get to the beautiful scenery of Punkaharju so characteristic of Finland, the rugged rocky shores of Kolovesi National Park, and the open waters and many islands of Linnansaari National Park.
Situated in Karelia, which is known for its poem-singing tradition, the city attracts events and sights that by themselves draw attention.
A small countryside town, which has a lot to offer. Kerimäki is best known for Kerimäki church, which is the world’s biggest wooden church, and for the clean and clear waters of Lake Puruvesi.
Mikkeli is a quaint, historical city situated on the shores of the fourth largest lake in Europe, Lake Saimaa. Only 2,5 hours away from Helsinki, Mikkeli is also easily reachable by public transport. In Mikkeli, you will find the perfect mix of nature experiences and local life. You can also get to to know the history and culture in different museums, galleries and exhibitions.
Punkaharju’s breath-taking scenery really is one of the most beautiful parts of Finland. Known for its eskers, Punkaharju has been a favourite amongst travellers for hundreds of years. Punkaharju invites you to take a holiday in a unique national landscape around the year. Around the clear waters and beautiful nature of Lake Saimaa you can spend an active holiday or enjoy a relaxing stay in a traditional Finnish summer cottage, not forgetting the area’s top-rate cultural activities.
Lake Saimaa waterways that extend to the city centre, a lush natural environment and many destinations offer holidaymakers a many opportunities in the Varkaus region. Specialties include the city’s own caviar and sturgeon delicacies as well as the home of amazing instruments, the Museum of Mechanical Music.
Puumala, surrounded by Lake Saimaa, is one of the most beautiful towns in Finland. You can enjoy Lake Saimaa and the beauty it can offer by canoeing, boating or fishing in the summer or try ice floating in the winter. If you are lucky, you can even spot the rare Saimaa seal. There are also magnificent hiking and cycling routes in Puumala.
5 - 10 days
Experience the Finnish National landscape in the heart of Koli National park, capital of North Karelia, Joensuu and nature of Nurmes and Karelian Holiday Resort Bomba. Driving in Finland is easy and stress-free, there are no traffic jams and very little traffic in rural areas. Stop by little villages, find a public beach on a lake and go for a swim. The national parks are easiest to reach with your own car.
Saimaa is unique in Europe. Situated in the heart of Europe’s largest lake district, Lake Saimaa’s stunning nature, clean food, attractions and great opportunities for outdoor activities make it one of the best places in Europe to visit for a holiday. Along with the scenic landscapes, you’ll find beautiful wild flora and fauna and a relaxed, welcoming culture. With its wild-growing foods and seemly climate, Saimaa cuisine is full of delicious, fresh, healthy ingredients that are packed with flavour and nutrition alike. Finnish food is superfood
2 - 5 days
A relaxing journey through the most beautiful landscapes in the embrace of Lake Saimaa takes you from the Punkaharju national landscape to the heart of Savonlinna. Enjoy scenic cruises or explore the city by walking. Don't forget to visit in great Olavinlinna castle. From Savonlinna tour continues into the landscapes of Puumala, where you can get to know the historic Saimaa Geopark. In Puumala, the journey continues to the magnificent and relaxing lake idyll of Rantasalmi, where you can choose the course of the day according to relaxation or a more active trip. Enjoy nature, Saimaa, Finland's largest lake, explore the city's sights and sample local delicacies.
Relaxing Lakeland Tour for Adults
4 - 5 Days
With this travel package suitable for the weekend, you can get to know the city of Savonlinna and the experiences, sights and nature it offers. Go on a cruise, visit Olavinlinna and Riihisaari, enjoy local delicacies and get to know the lovely Sulosaari, for example, on a self-guided walking tour. On the way to Punkaharju, you should stop by Kerimäki and get to know the world's largest wooden church. The second night will be spent in the Punkaharju national landscape, enjoying the scenery and atmosphere or actively exploring the wonderful ridge landscapes, depending on your choice.
Savonlinna City & Nature Holiday
2 - 3 Days
Visit the most beautiful nature spots on Lake Saimaa, spend your nights in charming hotels, villas or B&B and try out variety of lake activities. This tour leads you to a the the national parks of Savonlinna - Linnansaari and Kolovesi, to Punkaharju national landscapes and Hytermä nature conservation island - as well as to the beautiful town of Savonlinna.