The shortest route Finnish Lakeland opens with Lappeenranta – Vienna connection

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6/7/2021 3:39 PM

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 >>
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