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Enjoy the Inimitable Atmosphere of Savonlinna region

Whether you want to enjoy a city break, to attend cultural events, to relax by the lakeside or to engage in various activities - the beautiful Savonlinna region offers you all these options!

It’s no wonder that Savonlinna with its surroundings is one of the most popular holiday regions in Finland. The vibrant region amid the scenic lake district of Saimaa offers a perfect setting for a cultural, spa, beach, activity or city holiday – or for a combination of these. Escape the everyday hustle and bustle and relax at the marketplace and terraces of the lively summer town, at a lakeside holiday cottage in a peaceful cove, at a refreshing spa or at a working farm.

The region offers a wealth of cultural attractions from the world-renowned Opera Festival to high-class concerts and intriguing museums and galleries. Active holidaymakers will find plenty to do on the sunny shores of Saimaa as there is a wide variety of activities and pursuits available. Various distinctive boutiques, idyllic cafes and high-class restaurants, offering a friendly service and warm hospitality, add to the unrivalled charming atmosphere of the Savonlinna region.

The Savonlinna region has been inhabited for many centuries, so the area´s history is full of intriguing stories. Famous statues and memorials include St. Olaf´s statue, The Black Ram, The Spirit of the Castle, the Memorial of the Battle of Laitaatsilta, and the sympathetic statue of the endangered Saimaa ringed seal next to the Torisilta walking bridge.

Savonlinna region

Savonlinna and its surrounding waterways are a paradise for boaters, offering stunning scenery and high-quality guest harbours. It is possible to travel to Savonlinna by boat all the way from the Gulf of Finland. If you are not arriving by boat, you can still enjoy the lakes by chartering a boat or hopping aboard a cruise at the passenger harbour in the centre of town. Step aboard the nostalgic steamer serving you on Lake Saimaa. Discover shoreline cruise going through the gorgeous Saimaa Lakeland labyrinth.

You can go kayaking or canoeing by yourself or take a guide with you. The guide will tell stories about the region and teach you the basics of paddling. Be sure not to forget your camera, because the lake scenes will offer plenty of targets to shoot. The national parks and protected nature reserves of Lake Saimaa make tranquil, wild and watery destinations for experienced and novice paddlers alike. They also are home to one of the world’s most endangered sea mammals, the Saimaa Ringed Seal. Travel along the fjords of Kolovesi National Park either in a kayak or canoe. Leave all the urban trappings behind and head for the Linnansaari National Park with excellent opportunities for kayaking and camping on small islands. Let your spirit guide you through the water world of Veskansa Routes.

There are numerous service providers in the Savonlinna region offering a wide range of outdoor activities. You can soak up the wonderful scenery cycling or hiking along the lakeshores, go canoeing in pristine natural parks, enjoy rowing on the crystal-clear Saimaa or join in thrilling hunting trips.

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Accommodation in Savonlinna

Savonlinna region offers hotel accommodation for every taste; you may stay overnight in the city centre in a hotel or pamper yourself in recreational centres in the area. During the summer time student flats turn into summer hotels for lower budget travellers. Personal inns and unique boutiguehotels offer you a memorable stay.

  • Kruunupuisto well-being centre and hotel is situated in Punkaharju in beautiful ridge area. Kruunupuisto offers good-quality accommodation, tasty food, a variety of activities, relaxing treatments, sports facilities and other leisure programme.
  • Hotel Oravi is located in idyllic village of Oravi and between of Linnansaari and Kolovesi National Parks. The hotel is ideal expecially for the nature travellers.
  • Holiday Resort Järvisydän 55 km from Savonlinna and 38 km from Varkaus. Cosy and high quality villas with “hotel rooms”, medieval style restaurant Piikatyttö, wine cellar, Finnish sauna world, conference and training facilities, activities: fishing safaris, canoeing trips, lake safaris, Saimaa ringed seal watching trips to the Linnansaari National Park, cycling, hiking, rowing boats, winter activities.

Need help or do you have any questions? VisitSavonlinna will be happy to help you find your way.

Tottinkatu 6a
FI-57130 Savonlinna
Tel. +358 (0) 44 417 4466



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