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 the Saimaa region 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!