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Food & culture – 4 cities by Lake Saimaa Finland

Spend memorable holidays by Finland’s largest lake, Saimaa.

The region’s cultural life is rich and varied, mixing both old and new. There are events galore, particularly during the summer months. In the waters of Lake Saimaa, by far the greatest attraction is nature: the archipelago, over 13 000 islands, lake scenery and the clear water. If you are lucky, you may even see a Saimaa ringed seal basking on a rock on a summer’s day.

Delicious food is definitely one of the best parts of a relaxing holiday. Engage yourself in the local life and culture with the tips provided in this programme. This food & culture programme is an example of a road trip you can make in 4 days, staying one night in each of the cities. Of course you are more than welcome to stay longer with us, and extent your holiday! There is plenty to see and do even for a week or two.

Enjoy the beautiful and pure Finnish nature, magnificent Lakeland views, intriguing cultural sights in addition to local food and people. Welcome to Lakeland Finland!

Distances (km)
From Helsinki to Lappeenranta 220 km
From Helsinki to Imatra 255 km
From Lappeenranta to Imatra 37 km
From Imatra to Savonlinna 120 km
From Savonlinna to Mikkeli 110 km
From Mikkeli to Lappeenranta 113 km

Lake Saimaa - Finland's largest lake, fourth largest in Europe

Surface area................................ 4,460 km2
Maximum length.............................194 km
Maximum width..............................138 km
Shore length............................... 14,850 km
Number of islands............................13,710

Lappeenranta International Airport is located approximately two kilometres west of the town centre. Founded in 1918, it is the oldest airport in Finland.  All the major airlines operate flights to the capital city of Helsinki, thus you can fly to the capital and rent a car there. Finland is famous for its good roads and safe traffic, so do not hesitate to grab the wheel and head for a road-trip! Many authentic restaurants and cafes will make the trip even greater experience.

See an amazing year-round life cycle of the region in “Tale of a Lake” movie trailer that was filmed on Lake Saimaa.