Celebrating the 370-year-old Lappeenranta at the Sandcastle
This summer, the Lappeenranta Sandcastle will be erected now for the 16th time on the fortress headland. The Sandcastle is open daily from 10 am to 9 pm, until 1 September. Entry to the area is free of charge.
Lappeenranta’s 370th jubilee year will be celebrated at the Sandcastle this summer. Lappeenranta’s sand-sculpted history will be displayed in the area. Visitors can marvel at about 20 sculptures that are worked on by sculptors from seven countries.
There are about twenty summer workers serving visitors in the Sandcastle area. They can be recognised by their Hyvien ihmisten kaupunki (“City of good people”) shirts, based on the TV series Bordertown. The shirts and a sculpture created for the filming of Bordertown are related to paid Bordertown filming location tours that are starting this summer.
The Sandcastle to be reopened on the main event day of the jubilee year, 7 September
Lappeenranta's 370th anniversary jubilee week will be celebrated at the end of August and during the first week of September. The Sataman Valot (Harbour Lights) event marks the start of the jubilee week on Saturday 31 August. The Lappeenranta Ballet Gala will also be held at the start of the jubilee week from 30 to 31 August. The week culminates in the Fortress Lights main event of the jubilee year on Saturday 7 September.
The free Grand Gala Concert, to be held in a 3,000-person tent at the fortress, will be the highlight of the Fortress Lights event. The story of the 370-year-old Lappeenranta will be the driving force of the concert.
The Sandcastle will also reopen after its operating season in honour of the city’s 370th anniversary on the Fortress Lights event day on 7 September. On the event day, the rides will be available for use free of charge.
Discover Lake Saimaa from the Sandcastle – the Solar ferry running between the Sandcastle and Myllysaari
Besides its magnificent sand sculptures, the Sandcastle offers plenty of additional activities for the entire family. The area features amusement attractions, such as a bungee trampoline, a bouncy castle, and a mini train, plus an ice cream stand and a café. The attractions, the stand and the café are open according to the opening hours of the Sandcastle Tourist Information.
There are plenty of ways to start exploring Lake Saimaa and its surroundings from the Sandcastle. Bikes, kayaks, SUP boards, and row boats are available for rent at the Sandcastle Tourist Information. Rental periods may vary from an hour up to several weeks. The equipment can be rented according to the opening hours of the Tourist Information.
This summer, you can also access Myllysaari conveniently on board the Solar ferry. This small-scale cruise is also suitable for the little ones and makes it easier to access the Myllysaari Family Park from the Sandcastle.
The Solar ferry operates non-stop between the Sandcastle and Myllysaari 1.7.–11.8. Wed–Sat from 12 noon to 3 pm. The ferry departs from next to the Sandcastle, from the Loiste port services pier. Tickets can be purchased at the Sandcastle Tourist Information.
The Solar ferry is also available for rent for personal use outside regular operating hours. The rental period is 3 hours for EUR 150. The ferry can be rented at the boat service centre (Sataman Loiste and Harbour Office). Jet skis can also be rented at the centre.
The street train circulating the Lappeenranta city area departs on the hour from noon to 5 pm at the Sandcastle 8.6.–7.8., 10.–11.8., 17.–18.8., 24.–25.8. and 31.8.–1.9.
For further information about the Sandcastle and the services in the area, please visit the Sandcastle’s website
Sandcastle Tourist Information
Sandcastle Tourist Information opening hours:
8.6.–23.6. and 1.8.–1.9. Mon–Sun 10 am – 6 pm
24.6.–31.7. Mon–Sun 10 am – 8 pm
Exception: Midsummer 22.–23.6. 12 noon – 4 pm
tel. +358 40 572 2224. email@example.com
Sandcastle website: visitlappeenranta.fi/hiekkalinna
Jet ski and Solar ferry rental
For further information, please contact Harri Hartikainen of Sataman Loiste, tel. +358 50 055 8870.