Saimaa region

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.
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Destinations: Saimaa region

Imatra
Situated in Karelia, which is known for its poem-singing tradition, the city attracts events and sights that by themselves draw attention.

Imatra

Kerimäki
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.

Kerimäki

Mikkeli
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.

Mikkeli

Punkaharju
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.

Punkaharju

Puumala
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.

Puumala

Varkaus
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.

Varkaus

Savonlinna
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.

Savonlinna