The Saimaa Archipelago Route is a traditional popular cycling tour in the southern Saimaa region. On the route you can explore the sights of the cities of Lappeenranta and Imatra, as well as three attractive smaller centres: Taipalsaari, Ruokolahti and Joutseno.The route offers several Saimaa Geopark destinations. Specially for geology enthusiastics cycling along the vast marginal formations of Salpausselkä, shaped by the continent. The first Salpausselkä can be seen from Imatra to Lappeenranta and the Second Salpausselkä in Kyläniemi and Utula, Ruokolahti.
There is a ferry transport on the route, which must be booked in advance. Take a look for timetables and byu tickets in advance at Matkahuolto. Use these pier names "Sarviniemi laituri" and Kyläniemi laituri".
Direct links for cycle ferry tickets and timetables: saimaacycling.fi/pyoralautat/
Cycle ferry m/s Rasti phone: +358 40 6642055
There are different types of accommodation in cities, with reservations on the countryside for small local accommodation companies before making a trip.
Double the fun by adding the Savitaipale tour to Archipelago route. See the village, Kärnäkoski Fortress and Partakoski rapids.
Add more archipelago on your way by choosing Äitsaari scenic road route between Ruokolahti and Utula.
The Saimaa Archipelago Route is linked to the Puumala Archipelago Route by a ferry connection that transports cyclists from Sarviniemi to Puumala Lintusalo.
Along the way to Puumala (or otherway), you can camp overnight and have a sauna in Ruuhonsaari esker island.
When the bikeferry is not on the run, here's a list of boat transportation service providers :
Saimaan Saaristokuljetus +358 44 3397785 (max 2 with bicycles)
TK-Fishing +358 400 886 903 (max 5)
BlueSaimaa +358 40 735 4021 (max 10)
TaigaSaimaa +358 45 863 6024 (max 4)
Surface material on the route: asphalt, gravel road.
The route has gravel road sections between Sarviniemi and Taipalsaari. There are a total of about 7 km of gravel roads on the route.
Before the excursion, it is advisable to check the weather forecast.
Always wear clothes to suit the weather.
It is recommended that you take first aid equipment, rainwear, a spare set of clothes, as well as enough drinks and snacks with you.
In an emergency, dial the number 112. Report your location, what has happened and listen to the instructions.
Tips and hints
Address of Sarviniemi: Suur-Saimaantie 2000, 54920 Taipalsaari.
NOTE! All transportation must be booked and confirmed no later than 2 hours before sheluded take off.
Lappeenranta Harbor, address: Satamatie 11, 53900 Lappeenranta.
Imatra center, address: Imatrankoskentie, 55610 Imatra.
There are free parking spaces in Lappeenranta Harbor, close to the Sand Castle.
There are also parking spaces in the center of Imatra, some of which are chargeable.
EquipmentIt would be advisable to include EA equipment, rainwear, spare clothing, and enough snacks and drinks.
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