Grand Lake Saimaa is one of the most beautiful nature scenery in the world The Northern Lights is visible here in the winter Take one of the many boat trips in the area Take a self-drive tour from Helsinki to Lakeland

Grand Lake Saimaa

Saimaa is the largest lake in Finland. It is the fourth largest natural freshwater lake in Europe.

The landscapes around the lake are breathtaking, which makes kayaking routes suitable also for more inexperienced paddlers.

Seasons in the Lake Saimaa area

In summer you can take a cruise and enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Saimaa during a cruise or participate in one of the guided tours. In winter you can go ice fishing, skiing or ice skating.

A national park of 130 islands

One of the most favoured kayaking waters on the Saimaa is the Linnansaari National Park, with 130 islands covering more than a hectare in the area.
There are 21 guest harbours in Linnansaari, which means pit stops are never far away, where you can take a rest, a snack, or coffee prepared over open fire.

Visit Linnansaari

The main island of the national park, Linnansaari, is a nature reserve with practically no buildings on it. Nevertheless, the Sammakkoniemi campsite caters for all paddling travellers’ needs with accommodation, a small shop, and the obligatory sauna.

Spot a seal

The Saimaa ringed seal is among the world’s most threatened seal species, and Linnansaari National Park is the best place in the world to spot one. It is recommended to book a few hours’ guided kayaking tours or maybe a more serious paddling for some days with a local guide if you wanna explore the wildlife here.

Getting to Lake Saimaa

You can reach Lake Saimaa pretty easy both by car or train. Lappeenranta and Imatra are located only a couple of hours drive away from Helsinki


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  • Lattitude: 61.341081
  • Longitude: 28.010701