Savonlinna region – the heart of Saimaa

On the shores of Saimaa, the Savonlinna region lies comfortably in the lap of the Maiden of Finland, welcoming visitors to its magnificent lake environment, unique even on a global scale. Saimaa promises adventures in every season: summers, for instance, can be spent canoeing or kayaking and winters tour skating on the ice.

The ambience of this small idyllic town is best experienced by enjoying a cup of coffee on the market square or one of the delightful summer terraces in the harbour area. and ind the old town. The lively conversation of the natives and the friendly banter of the market vendors lend their own colour to the atmosphere of one of the most attractive summer markets in Finland. The experience can be further enhanced by a sampling of local delicacies, such as the traditional Savo pasties (bearing such original names as ‘lörtsyt’ or ‘möttöset’) or smoked vendace.

The region is also known for its numerous events, such as the world-famous Opera Festival and the Sulkava Rowing Race. The Johanna Oras Art Manor and the Lusto Forest Museum, amidst the spectacular Punkaharju scenery, are sure to engage culture fans, as is the world’s largest wooden church in Kerimäki.