Once you’re here, there’s loads to do; places to visit, attractions, activities and events. But why travel to Finland in the first place? Why travel to Saimaa, or the towns of Mikkeli, Savonlinna and Varkaus? Well, there are plenty of reasons to visit Finland and Saimaa.
Travel to Finland’s Lakes – Travel to Lake Saimaa
Firstly, Finland has the largest lake district in Europe. An enormous 10% of Finland’s area is water due to its massive interior lake systems, one of the highest ratios in the world. One look at a map of the country shows how the lakes sprawl over the countryside through rocky, forested terrain sculpted by the last Ice Age.
Lake Saimaa itself is the largest of Finland’s lakes and connects several of the larger towns. Its sparkling waters are dotted with forested islands and peninsulas, a winding labyrinth with beauty only done justice by boat. Saimaa is also home to the critically endangered Saimaa ringed seal which numbers only a few hundred now due to climate change.
Visit Finland’s forests and discover the calm of the countryside
The scale of the northern forests of Finland are beyond anything that the more densely populated countries of Europe could dream of. Finland’s large area and low population mean that there is an enormous amount of space and freedom in the woods. Those who travel to rural areas like Lake Saimaa find a relaxed culture and calm countryside which offers a rare amount of peace, especially when staying in countryside summer cabins.
By law, Everyman’s Rights offer freedom to roam not only across public land but even private land where it isn’t a nuisance. You can camp where you want to, and gather wild growing foods like berries and mushrooms provided that you don’t harms plants or wildlife. There are even lean-to shelters with fireplaces and firewood maintained free of charge for your use. Finland offers respect to its visitors and expects it in return.