Experience the beautiful landscape of Saimaa, its lakes and islands by cycling. See the historical cultural landscape, visit geosites and enjoy the warm hospitality of the area.
On a cycling tour in the scenery of Saimaa Geopark Finland you can experience the stunningly beautiful Saimaa and the labyrinth of lakes, islands and cliffs. Enjoy the warm hospitality and relax amidst the rich cultural landscape. The route runs from Mikkeli via Ristiina, Puumala and Anttola back to Mikkeli. Along the route, you also get to cross the clear waters of Saimaa on a ferry from Hurissalo to Nestorinranta.
Explore internationally valuable Saimaa Geopark geosites such as Rokansaari esker island, one of the absolute gems of Saimaa or the prehistoric rock paintings of Astuvansalmi. Stop at the Urpola Nature Center, see one of Finland's largest pothole in Pursiala or admire the stunning ridge scenery in Norppapolku trail network.
Overnight stays along the route take place in special accommodations. The roots of these small businesses are deep in Lake Saimaa and they receive their guests with warmth, telling the story of Lake Saimaa.
Rest StopNestorinranta, majoitusta ja luontoelämyksiä Puumala, Saimaa Geopark
Nestorinrannan lettukioski, Puumala
Ollinmäki Wine Farm
On this moderate route, day trips are not long, but partly hilly. Be sure to keep a leisurely pace, decent breaks and refuel with food, as well as a drinks.
Drive along the right side of the road, never in the middle of the road! The routes go mainly along car roads, so some of the roads can be busy.
There are some gravel road sections along the way.
Tips, hints and links
The Mikkeli region is located in the province of South Savo at the intersection of highways 5 and 13 and the Savo railway. Mikkeli can be easily reached by train, bus, private or rental car. The nearest airport is in Lappeenranta.
The starting point of the route is located in Härkäniemen Tuvat at Härkäniementie 5, 50350 Norola. Härkäniemen Tuvat is located about 10 kilometers from the center of Mikkeli.
- 6 Stages