Lake cruises are a big part of summer of Savonlinna and its surrounding areas. A cruise along Lake Saimaa on a nostalgic steamboat or a handy motorboat is a relaxing way to spend a sunny summer day while enjoying the scenery around Savonlinna. (photo: VipCruise)
Scenic cruises at Lake Saimaa
There are daily scenery cruises to Lake Saimaa during the summer season, mainly between 1.6-31.8. A scenic cruise is an easy and affordable way to see the wonderful scenery of Lake Saimaa and also to see the beautiful city of Savonlinna and its attractions from the lake.
There are many different cruise ships, smaller motorized vessels and nostalgic steamboats. Most scenic cruises last from around an hour to an hour and a half, and the price is typically between 15€-20€ per person, depending on the vessel. During high season, there will be cruises leaving every 15 minutes between 10am-6pm. During opera season, earlier or later cruises are available when needed. The easiest way to find out when the next cruises are is just to go down to the harbour: the ships announce their next cruise on a sign right outside the boats. Check for more accurate vessel specific timetables, prices and routes on the links below. Please do note that the timetables may change due to charter cruises.
Cruises on the S/S Mikko
An atmospheric museum ship cruise on the over 100-year old steamboat Mikko will take people of all ages to get to know Lake Saimaa’s nature and culture. A steamboat with a tarred wooden hull, S/S Mikko offers cruises into the home waters of the Saimaa ringed seal, available in July every Wednesday at 11am and 2pm. The cruise lasts for 1,5 hours. Tickets are available from customer service point at Riihisaari museum and the boat itself leaves from the museums own pier. Tickets are 15/10/30€ (subject to change).
Cruises from Savonlinna to Punkaharju and Kuopio
You can do longer trips with on cruise boats from Savonlinna as well. On one of these cruises, you can travel as far as Kuopio. On the way, you will travel past Lake Saimaa’s wonderful islands, bays and straits. Some cruises go to Punkaharju too; please check their timetables ahead of time. These cruises leave from Savonlinna’s harbour.
You can also book a whole cruise ship for your own use. Cruises can be tailored for small groups or even as many as a hundred people. Charter cruises have been popular as evening cruises, such as before an opera, or used for a meeting. Ships on Lake Saimaa go for as long as the lake stays free of ice.