Lake Saimaa – unique in Europe
Welcome to the VisitSaimaa website. It offers a wealth of inspiration and information about the Lake Saimaa region, family holidays, attractions to visit, activities, sauna culture, the Opera Festival, vendace, and the towns of Mikkeli, Savonlinna and Varkaus, to help you plan your holiday in Finland and in the Saimaa region.
Are you dreaming of a holiday in Finland, a lakeshore summer cabin, a private sauna, and blissful peace and quiet? Here you’ll find information about how to get to the Saimaa region, on what it offers, and about accommodation (whether you’d prefer a camping site, a cabin, or another type of accommodation).
Canoeing, cycling, swimming, hiking… Or would you rather go skiing or ice-swimming? What about walking in the forest, doing yoga on a jetty, or picking berries? The Finnish summer and winter offer a multitude of possibilities for many kinds of activities.
Finland and the Saimaa region are surprisingly near. You can reach Finland’s capital city, Helsinki, from Central Europe in just a couple of hours by plane, and it only takes a couple of hours more to drive from Helsinki to the Saimaa region, in Eastern Finland. Your holiday in Finland is closer than you think.
Lake Saimaa is in the province of Eastern Finland, in what many call the Finnish lake district. In this area, the towns of Mikkeli, Savonlinna, Lappeenranta, Imatra, Joensuu, and Kuopio are all only a short drive from each other.
The distance from the capital, Helsinki, to Mikkeli is 230 km (the travel time is about 2.5 hours) and to Savonlinna is 332 km (with a travel time of about 4 hours). You can easily travel to Savonlinna or Mikkeli by car, train, or coach, or you can travel to Savonlinna by plane from Helsinki.
Canoeing and kayaking in Finland is truly the way to experience the beauty of nature. Everything else is stripped away; there is only you and the world around you. There’s no city noise; there’s only the small waves lapping against your boat. There’s no motor working for you; you’ll feel the water with every stroke.