When planning your holiday to the shores of Lake Saimaa, you’ll probably want to keep an eye out for local happenings. Mostly concentrated around the region’s larger towns of Savonlinna, Mikkeli and Varkaus, there are events to suit just about everyone. Sporting events, music festivals, art exhibitions, food events and unique Finnish competitions like mobile phone throwing are all on offer, as well as great street food and markets.
Sports peculiar to the region
Sporting events in Mikkeli and Savonlinna range from the fairly standard to the outright bizarre. Check out local events like running and athletics, roller skating and horse racing in the summer, and a range of winter activities like skiing and skating. There’s also the fun “swamp volleyball” as well as “norsupallo,” or “elephantball,” played similarly to football but with a giant exercise ball!
If you’re looking for something even more obscure, or if you simply understand all too well the frustration your mobile phone can cause you, look no further than the locally hosted Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships in Savonlinna. This tongue-in-cheek sport is payback for all the times your electronic friend let you down, and a pleasant release after all those missed calls you sent that that certain someone just never replied to! And as if it needs any more reason, kids love it!