Swimming in Finland; the cool of the water under the summer sun, the gorgeous scenery around you, the lapping of the waves, and the sound of birdsong. This is Saimaa.
Finland is a country with 188,000 lakes, and Saimaa is at the heart of its lake district. Along its shores, you’ll find countless places to swim either at the official swim beaches or in the wild of nature. There are also swimming halls to be found in Mikkeli and Savonlinna for when you’d prefer to swim indoors.
Where to swim in Lake Saimaa – endless opportunities
You can swim in Lake Saimaa just about anywhere. If you want a break from the midsummer sun or find a hidden inlet and fancy dip, chances are you can jump right in. Saimaa’s water is clean and, being a freshwater lake, even typically safe to drink although it is, of course, always safest to purify it first.
Public beaches are found everywhere; they’re marked with signs, appear on maps and are often available at campsites. If you’re staying in your own cabin near the Saimaa shore, there’s a good chance that you’ll have access to your own beach which is out of bounds to others.