“Lake Saimaa is the largest lake in Finland – and it’s a huge draw for travelers.
My basket is still empty, so I follow the others along the forest trail, intent on our hunt for blueberries. My mid-western American eyes aren’t quite sure what to look for. After all, foraging in the forest is not something we do back home in Colorado.
But here in Finland, it’s a beloved pastime. The Finns believe that everyone has the right to enjoy outdoor pursuits. Their ‘everyman’s law’ gives public access to the country’s vast forests, lakes and rivers, with few restrictions. That means that we can spend the afternoon picking blueberries on an island in the middle of Lake Saimaa.
Located in eastern Finland, Lake Saimaa is Finland’s largest lake and the fourth largest natural freshwater lake in Europe. To understand how large Saimaa is, it’s best to imagine its islands – there are almost 14,000 of them. The lake is home to many communities and thousands of summer cottages.”