“With over 180,000 lakes to explore, Finland offers the perfect setting for a tranquil summer cruise under the midnight sun.
Looking over the mirror-still water from the cabin, I reflected that while ocean cruises are big business and with river cruises becoming more popular too, lake cruises remain a world apart – capturing a particular tranquillity that you don’t get on the open sea or on waterways.
We had flown into Helsinki, capital of a country with 188,000 lakes and a proud tradition of shipbuilding, and stayed at the Indigo, a hotel converted from a shipping office near the seafront.
From the coast, we headed inland on a four-hour train journey north-east to Savonlinna, which sits on a narrow isthmus in the sprawling lake Saimaa. July’s opera festival was in full swing, and the sound of a soprano trailed across the water from a harbour-front restaurant hosting an afternoon recital.”