Rauha and Ukonniemi area
Rauha area of Lappeenranta and Ukonniemi area (picture) of Imatra, which are located next to each other, are the most beautiful and developing touristic areas. Rauha and Ukonniemi area offer diverse holiday and sport services for leisure travelers and sportsmen. Two spa hotels, camping site, cottages and villas provide suitable accommodations for leisure travelers as well as business groups and sport teams.
Vast sport possibilities and up-to-date sports facilities in Rauha and Ukonniemi area guarantee successful training for both amateurs and professionals. In premises of covered Aviasport Arena you can play football, baseball, golf and many other summer sports throughout the winter. A tennis hall of Imatra is also located in Ukonniemi area. Imatra Spa Arena and Holiday Club Saimaa Arena host ice hockey matches up to national league (liiga), figure skating performances and serve as a practice place for anyone year-round. Within the premises of Spa hotels there are also bowling halls, well equipped gyms, badminton courts, ping-pong tables and much more. You can also enjoy relaxing massage and other well-being services in Spa hotels.
Astonishing landscapes of Saimaa Lake and diverse natural bicycling and running tracks along with skiing tracks attract outdoor sport enthusiasts and professionals around the world to the region. There are several sport events and international competitions organized annually in the area. Short distances between accommodation and sport facilities helps professionals use their training time efficiently. Sports equipment such as skis, bicycles, skates and other equipment can be easily rented for example from nearby both Spa-hotels. There are several program service companies providing guided tours and activities on ground, water and even in the air.
There are several sand beaches in Rauha and Ukonniemi area where you can relax and enjoy the clear waters of Saimaa Lake. From guest harbours of Rauha and Imatra you can easily go on landscape cruise or have a picnic at island. Program service companies operating in the region organize lots of different water activities, such as floating in dry suits, SUP-boarding, waterskiing, parasailing, diving, fishing trips and other activities. You can also rent the equipment and boat and go for your own adventure or fishing trip. In winter you can easily go on a skating trip on a cleared skating track on natural ice of Lake Saimaa.