See and experience

Savonlinna is located in the middle of Lake Saimaa, the largest lake in Finland, where the spectacular and varied nature is unmatched. Vast expanses of open water contrast with narrows, inlets and labyrinthine mazes of islands, many with beautiful rocky caves and steep, craggy cliffs. Travel Finland.

In Savonlinna and its surrounding villages, you can experience nature, enjoy a wide variety of activities and visit countless places throughout the year. The Savonlinna region has a rich culture and history to interest visitors, as well as action and adventure.

In summer, the bustling Savonlinna Market Square is a great place for enjoying local delicacies, coffee and refreshments, while restaurants open their doors to travellers and steamships cruise on Lake Saimaa. Hikers and canoeists navigate the nearby national parks, fishermen head out onto the water and golfers head to the greens of Kerigolf and Rantasalmi Golf.

Unique to the region are the Saimaa ringed seal excursions that offer a chance to see these endangered animals. On a hot day, you can take a dip in Lake Saimaa to cool off, or soak up the sun on a sandy beach or on a cliff overlooking the scenery. Explore the vast forests of the Savonlinna region from horseback or on foot, or cycle on the peaceful cycling trails of the area.

In winter, try cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing, take a dip in an ice hole or even float amongst the ice in a special dry suit.

With a guide, you get the most out of your time and activities. All kinds of excursions, as well as tours in the area, can be booked. Equipment rentals are open all year round in various spots in the region.

Along with the famous Savonlinna Opera Festival, there are numerous concerts, theatrical shows, big summer events and small local happenings. There are also the many sights and attractions of Savonlinna and the surrounding area visit  – suitable for families and couples as well as groups and adventure seekers.

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