The Saimaa Lake District in Eastern Finland comprises the largest lake in the country and the longest shoreline in the world. Around the towns of Savonlinna, Mikkeli and Varkaus the water meanders into the three national parks Kolovesi, Linnansaari and Repovesi. Traces of the last ice age and a rich flora and fauna can be discovered by boat, bike or on foot. Depending on the season, the varied landscape has its own highlights.
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The Saimaa Lake District
Lake Saimaa is actually a network of many waters and islands, which are connected by narrow straits. The branched lake district also connects several larger towns such as Mikkeli, the largest town in the area, the industrial town of Varkaus and Savonlinna – known for the northernmost well-preserved medieval castle in the world, Olavinlinna, and the annual opera festival.
In the Saimaa lake basins, the traces of the last ice age can be clearly seen in the shape of the lakes and islands, as well as in the smooth bank cliffs. The varied landscape includes rocky shores and sandy beaches, dark waters to blue glittering and clear lakes, small islands of pure rock covered with moss and trees and shrubs.
The Saimaa lake system is best known for its clean water and is home to the rare Saimaa ringed seal. As one of Finland's most popular recreational areas, many locals have their summer homes here. In the midst of nature, the conditions are ideal for a relaxing holiday in a cabin. Also the offer of outdoor activities, cultural offers and sights is not to be scoffed at.