Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, will re-launch the route
between Finnish Lakeland, Lappeenranta and Vienna in July. The
year-round route operated twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays takes
only 3 hours.
A new destination from Vienna is already the birthplace of Finnish
tourism but handles the title safely, dispersing its tourists into its
vast lakeside shores and forest paths. The sustainable lakeside
destination has won the title of the European Green Leaf 2021 in a
competition organised by the European Commission that offers nature and
culture experiences in its old town, part of the Saimaa UNESCO Global
Geopark. Lappeenranta is located on the shore of Lake Saimaa, only 215
kilometres from Helsinki.
A gateway to the Finnish Lakeland
Lappeenranta offers a gateway to the Finnish Lakeland and the most
accessible access to safe nature activities: the airport is only 2
kilometres from the old town and harbour area. Haven in itself, the
destination further offers tens of thousands of lakeside villas, water
activity services and pop up events throughout the summer in its
fortress and harbour area.
At the Sandcastle tourism centre at the harbour, visitors can find the
Weekly program activities or rent canoes, SUP boards or bikes, alongside
admiring the sculptures and playing in the amusement park or hopping on
the city train. The Saimaa UNESCO Global Geopark destination Karhusaari
island, Bear Island in English, has no bears but trees to hug besides
lean-to and nature trails only 1 kilometre from the harbour. Visitors
can access the forestry island on a canoe or rowing boat.
Historical sights interests today’s tourists
Lappeenranta Fortress is a valuable part of the Finnish, Russian and
Swedish cultural heritage. Its oldest buildings, including Finland’s
oldest Orthodox Church, date from the latter part of the 18th century.
This UNESCO Global Geopark site’s cobblestones are easily walked or
biked with city bikes, and its Nature and Culture trails bring the
medieval town’s history alive.
Tour the Lake Saimaa
The charming neighbouring towns in Imatra, Mikkeli, Savonlinna and
Varkaus can be easily visited from Lappeenranta. The border region
between Finland and Russia offers impressive castles and fortresses,
farmlands and forests, beautiful manor houses and gardens to explore.
Rental cars are available already at the airport, or the sports
enthusiasts can rent bikes, canoes and camping equipment for days or
weeks. Electric bikes are a new easier option to cycle around the
southern lake Saimaa and experience its many ferry rides during the
154-kilometre route. Lake Saimaa tour is an enchanting experience with
around 15 000 islands.
Flights can be booked on the Ryanair website >>