Finland has a huge range of summer holiday activities on offer. With a mosaicked landscape of vivid green forests and shimmering blue lakes, hilly meadows and mystical wetlands, you’ll find plenty to see and do in the Lakeland of Saimaa.
By May, the daylight hours stretch longer and longer. This makes for warm, pleasant weather and gives you plenty of time to enjoy the peace of the Finnish countryside, or get involved with any number of fun summer activities.
Diving right in – Getting out onto Saimaa’s lakes
Cruises and sightseeing tours from Mikkeli and Savonlinna offer an easy and relaxed way to see the sights. If you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the critically endangered Saimaa ringed-seal, the mascot for wildlife conservation in Finland.
If you’d prefer a more direct approach, you can swim from almost any shoreline around Saimaa. There are signposted swimming beaches but if the need to swim takes you when you’re exploring the countryside, go ahead and jump in!
Similarly, canoes, kayaks and other boats are readily available for hire and offer instant access to the water. Hand-paddled boats offer a great connection to the water, great views of the landscape, and the potential to see wildlife that would otherwise retreat and hide. Go it alone or take a guide with you; having fun is the key thing.
Fishing is a big draw to the Saimaa region with its abundant and varied water life; look out for perch, zander, pike, trout, salmon, grayling, whitefish and vendace.
And any kind of trip onto the water is the perfectly accompanied by the Finnish sauna!
Onto the shore and into the forest – other fun summer activities
Those looking for summer activities where they can keep their feet dry might want to make the most of the sprawling network of hiking and biking trails, or to take advantage of the Finnish “Everyman’s Rights” allowing you to roam where you please.