No skyscrapers, no airplanes flying over, no constant highway noise - just a silence of the surrounding forest and sounds of Saimaa waves hitting the rocks. That is nature in Saimaa area - rugged but calming, silent but pleasing.
Enjoy your cottage holidays by hiking, cycling, swimming, boating, and paddling or even berry picking. From Mikkeli region you´ll find endless possibilities to make your holiday unforgettable.
Spend your holiday at islander's waterways of Lake Saimaa, the largest lake in Finland and the fourth largest natural freshwater lake in Europe. Most of the lake is spotted with islands and narrow canals which is perfect for all paddlers. While in the area, lucky visitors may spot an endangered freshwater seal, the Saimaa Ringed Seal that only lives at Saimaa. Mikkeli District offers paddlers a wide choice of routes in superb natural surroundings. Here you can enjoy kayaking or canoeing on the protected waters of many smaller lakes.
Luonteri archipelago loop this route meanders through the stunning Luonteri archipelago, where lucky paddlers may catch a glimse of the rare Saimaa Ringed Seal. Sights along the way include Neitvuori Hill, the largest peak in the region, and magnificent granite cliffs.
For cyclists, Mikkeli region offers the Puula cycling route (160km), Lietvesi scenic route (74km), Saimaa round tour (364km) and the brand new Mäntyharju-Repovesi mountaing biking route (35km). The majority of our cycling routes are interconnected, so switching from one route to another is a breeze.
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The Astuvansalmi rock paintings in Ristiina are the most extensive prehistoric rock paintings in Scandinavia and date back 5000 years. The paintings include startling mystical symbols, images of elks and humans, and palm prints. In summertime you can hike to the paintings along a path that is approximately 3 kilometers in each direction. Alternatively, you can view the paintings from the lake aboard a scenic cruise.
Cruises by M/S Kuutti
Repovesi national park is a popular national park between Mäntyharju and Kouvola that is ideal for hiking and snowshoe expeditions. Interesting attractions including the suspension bridge at Lapinsalmi and the hills Olhavanvuori and Katajanvuori. The park has sign posted hiking trails, and you can get there along the Mäntyharju - Pertunmaa hiking trail.
Mäntyharju – Repovesi route
Neitvuori and the Hiidenmaa trails run along the border between Mikkeli and Juva. You can enter the trails from Anttola and Siikakoski. The trails take you to the tallest peak in South Savo, Neitvuori, which affords a splendid view over the terrain around Luonteri.
Guide – Tiina
The popular Squirrel Route (Oravareitti) between Juva and Sulkava is ideal for families. The overall lenght of the route is 57 kilometers. Canoes can be rented from Juva Camping.
Paddling day on Lake Härkäjärvi. Discover the beautiful wilderness around Lake Härkäjärvi on a guided paddling excursion. Härkäjärvi is situated in Kangasniemi, approximately 60 kilometres from Mikkeli. Snack breaks are made throughout the day amidst stunning scenery, and at the end of the day a delicious soup dinner is server around a fire.
Toivola cottage and natural service
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Accommodation in Mikkeli
Specially for active travelers we recommend these cozy and high-quality accommodations in a beautiful milieu and near the action. Sahanlahti resort is located on the shore of Lake Saimaa and there you can stay at cozy beach hotel or small newly renovated cottages. Hotel Anttolanhovi offers multiple choices from apartments to luxurious Art & Design Villas.
Need help or do you have any questions? Mikkeli tourist service will be happy to help you find your way.