Sahanlahti is a prestigious and traditional tourist destination with a magnificent location in Puumala, less than an hour’s drive from Savonlinna, Mikkeli and Imatra. The unique, cultural-historically invaluable sawmill environment on the shore of Lake Saimaa, topped off with facilities equipped with all the modern amenities, creates a fantastic setting for holidays and festivities. The view of Lake Saimaa opening up from the terrace of the Koskivahti restaurant has been described as the most extraordinary landscape in the world – and with good reason, too, as there is nothing quite like it.
One of the oldest sawmills in the Lake Saimaa area, Sahanlahti, was born around the water-powered sawmill that was established in 1765 but has since been demolished. Sawmilling was a feature of the Sahanlahti landscape for almost 200 years.
Prestigious and traditional tourist destination in Puumala
The unique, cultural-historically invaluable sawmill environment on the shore of Lake Saimaa, topped off with facilities equipped with all the modern amenities, creates a magnificent setting for holidays and festivities.
At present, Sahanlahti is under the management of the entrepreneurial couple Janna and Janne Kuivalainen. Through their persevering work, Sahanlahti has been restored and turned into one of the best gourmet destinations in the country. The couple has created a warm and cosy atmosphere in Sahanlahti, making sure that guests feel welcome and enjoy their stay.
Finland´s best food tourism product 2019
Sahanlahti has been awarded as the best food tourism company in South Savo in 2014, and Sahanlahti was also the 2015 guest harbour of the year in the Vuoksi waterway area. With a product aimed at the international market, Sahanlahti snatched the prize in the top product competition of Visit Finland in 2017. Sahanlahti is one of the four Saimaa Gastronomy destinations. The theme weekends of the Saimaa Gastronomy network were awarded as the best Finnish food tourism product in 2019 in the national Hungry for Finland food tourism competition.
Sahanlahti is an all-embracing holiday destination
The village-like courtyard offers many types of accommodation choices, different saunas (in the winter there is also an ice sauna built by the owner) and plenty of activities during both the summer and winter season. Cultural experiences are also offered in the form of concerts and theatre performances at the new Sahan Elämysverstas facility. The summer of 2020 will mark the premier of a play called “Palava Tahto” (Burning Will) that describes the sparkling life of Elsa Heporauta. Elsa was a powerhouse woman, born in Sahanlahti, who founded the Kalevala Women’s Association and Kalevala Jewelry.