The Rantaraitti lakeside route – accessible to all

The beautiful Rantaraitti lakeside route traces the shores of Lake Saimaa and is within easy reach from Lappeenranta city centre. You can access the 14.8 km route from various points, and the route takes the occasional detour away from the shoreline. The main route from Myllysaari beach to Tervahaudanpuisto park in Skinnarila is about 10 kilometres.

Map of Rantaraitti route: Rantaraitin opaskartta.pdf

The lakeside route has been built in parts for over 10 years. In the autumn of 2018, a one-kilometre long stretch was built, which finally connected the different parts of the route. The lakeside route has received a great deal of praise, and it is actively used by citizens and tourists alike. In 2020, the route will be signposted.

From Myllysaari to Pallo, the route is mainly covered with asphalt. The seven-kilometre stretch from the Pallo roundabout to Skinnarila is covered with finely crushed stone, with the exception of a long wooden bridge, which crosses a line of rocks, the remnants of an ancient shoreline, formed in the Ice Age. The bridge makes the entire lakeside route accessible. There are many ways to explore the route; you can walk, run, or use a walker or a wheelchair. The route is suitable for people of all ages and levels of fitness.


The lakeside route is also ideal for longer excursions, as there are several rest stops with tables and benches along the route. There is also a natural water source, where you can get fresh spring water to drink. For those who enjoy more strenuous exercise, there are outdoor fitness facilities and fitness stairs along the route.

The lakeside route is a highly unique natural attraction, where the visitor can admire magnificent views over Lake Saimaa and experience diverse and lush groves with areas of stony shore walls. Many animal species live along the route, such as the flying squirrel, the white-backed woodpecker, the lesser spotted woodpecker, the golden oriole, as well as different bat species. In addition, there are 13 nature-themed signboards along the route, providing information on the area’s forest, trees and vegetation.

The lakeside route is lit, but it is not maintained in winter.


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