Saimaa is unique in Europe. Situated in the heart of Europe’s largest lake district, Lake Saimaa’s stunning nature, clean food, attractions and great opportunities for outdoor activities make it one of the best places in Europe to visit for a holiday. In addition to all the natural wonders, The World Economic Forum also named Finland the safest country in the world in 2017.
Finland’s spectacular nature makes it an exceptional destination to visit in Europe. 73% of the country is covered in predominantly boreal woodland and another 10% is water from its 187,000 lakes. That’s a lot! The towns of Savonlinna, Mikkeli and Varkaus are to be found at the heart of this wonderland on the shores of Lake Saimaa.
Along with the scenic landscapes, you’ll find beautiful wild flora and fauna and a relaxed, welcoming culture. With its wild-growing foods and seemly climate, Saimaa cuisine is full of delicious, fresh, healthy ingredients that are packed with flavour and nutrition alike. Finnish food is superfood!
Your own pace, your own way
The summer is an experience in itself with a sun that hardly sets and daylight almost around the clock. Long, warm days give you plenty of chance to be out and about and make the most of your stay here. You’ll be in no rush whatsoever despite the number of great places to visit and events being held, plus restaurants, local attractions such as Europe’s northernmost medieval fortress, St Olaf’s castle in Savonlinna and the Astuvansalmi rock paintings near Mikkeli, and outdoor activities.
No matter whether you’re staying in a log cabin, a quaint boutique hotel, a traditional manor house or under the starry sky in a camping site, you’ll find plenty to do in the Saimaa region of Lakeland. If you want to keep busy, there’s plenty of action to be found on the water in the way of boating, swimming, canoeing and more, as well as areas for all kinds of sports, regardless of the season. If you would rather just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet – the silence and solitude – you will find plenty of space to do just that at Lake Saimaa.