Lake Saimaa region

Lake Saimaa is only not far from Helsinki or St. Petersburg and Vyborg and hosts charming towns of Imatra, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Savonlinna. Situated in Eastern
Finland, Saimaa is the most beautiful lake area in Europe. Its sparkling, pure waters are dotted with 15 000 islands, and its unique shoreline of 15 000 kilometres is the longest in the world. One of UNESCO Global Geopark sites,
this maze of magnificent nature is also the home of the Saimaa Ringed Seal, one of the rarest seals in the world.

Good to know about Lake Saimaa

• Lake Saimaa was listed to be the most beautiful lake area in Europe and it is in the top 5 most beautiful lakes in the world (listed by The Wall Street Journal in 2014).
• Lake Saimaa has 14 850 km of shoreline and 13 710 islands
• There are approximately 400 Saimaa Ringed Seals in the world and they all live in Lake Saimaa. Late spring (May – early June) is the best time to spot this special creature.
• The concept of everyman’s rights in Finland, the right to roam, gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy the Finnish nature recreationally, including foraging of berries and mushrooms, as long as it is done responsibly and without causing disturbance to local residents.
• Saimaa UNESCO Global Geopark has lots of significant geological sites as well as interesting natural sites and historical attractions.
• Visitors can rent bikes or electric bikes to cycle around the southern lake Saimaa and experience its many ferry ridesduring the 154 kilometre
• There are over 50,000 cottages in the Lake Saimaa area, most of them on the lakeshore and with their own sauna.
• Frozen Lake Saimaa is a unique experience: Tour ice skating on some of the best trails in the country, swimming in a hole in the ice or floating in an icy stream are activities that will be remembered for life.