“Few things make me more giddy than the chance to catch a glimpse at an endangered species! On Lake Saimaa, the largest lake in Finland, and the fourth largest natural lake in Europe, it would be the elusive Saimaa ringed seal!
I couldn’t think of a more perfect start to my 1300+km cycle along the Iron Curtain Trail! Savonlinna is a few hundred kilometers away from the start of the trail, but it was my starting point due to time constraints. One of the purposes of the trip was to experience the nature and wildlife that Finland is famed for and searching for the Saimaa ringed seal was an ideal start!”