Wellness means taking care of yourself and your wellbeing, staying healthy and maximising your potential. Nowhere is better for a restful, rejuvenating holiday than Lake Saimaa in Finland. In Saimaa, enjoy the serenity of the lakes, the beauty of the forests, the delicious and nutritious wild-grown food, and the warmth of the Finnish sauna.
A secret jewel in the north – Saimaa’s exceptional surroundings
Saimaa, the heart of Finland’s enormous lake district, is a tableau of open sapphire lakes and emerald forests, quiet beaches and soul-lifting scenery, ideal for a wellness holiday. In fact, Finland has one of the lowest population densities in Europe and a phenomenal amount of space.
With virtually no-one around, you can experience peace and quiet in a way that you may never have experienced before. Add to that the Finns’ laid back manner and tendency to give you your own space, and you can be guaranteed a calm, restful holiday.
A walk under the trees or a trip by canoe onto Lake Saimaa – Finland’s nature is nourishing for your mind, body and soul. Enjoy the “mökki culture” of the Finnish summer cabin, hidden in the woods and mere metres from the shoreline. Lounge in the sun, swim in the sparkling lakes and relax in the Finnish sauna.
Treat yourself – Finnish food and wellness
Many traditional Finnish foods are from wild-grown sources. Bilberries, or European blueberries, grow through the summer, followed closely by lingonberries or cowberries. Fresh fish from the pure freshwater lakes, hunted game, mushrooms and more are on offer, whether you dine out at restaurants in Mikkeli and Savonlinna, or cook for yourself with fresh local ingredients.
Growing wild and naturally, these foods are Finnish superfoods with a much stronger flavour and packing a bigger nutritional punch than their cultivated cousins. You are what you eat, as they say, so treat yourself to the good, wholesome food of Finland and reap the benefits.
Finnish sauna – Finnish Comfort
Whether you visit in summer or winter, the Finnish sauna is always a welcome friend, and a close one. The perfect antidote to the chill of winter, and the ideal partner to a dip in the lakes in the summer, the sauna is synonymous with Finnish culture and wellbeing.
Go with family; go with friends; go by yourself. Not only is the Finnish sauna great for relaxation and wellness, it’s a great social activity, and fun. A Finnish sauna is available is what sometimes seems like almost every building in Saimaa, so you’ll never lack the chance to go whenever the desire takes you.
Get inspired by the beautiful natural surroundings that served as the basis for many pieces of Finnish art, poetry and music. Treat yourself to a wellness holiday in Saimaa – and don’t forget to visit the Finnish sauna when you do!