People in Saimaa/Finland draw their strength from nature: endless forests and thousands of lakes, a blue sky with white clouds, the four seasons with their distinctive features, snow and ice, and summer’s ‘white nights’. Finnish culture and design too draw their inspiration and driving force from nature.
Purest Finland Lake Saimaa, the jewel of Finnish Lakeland, is a destination to fulfil all your senses. Feast your eyes on the labyrinth of clear, sparkling waters and the winding green forestry full of nature’s delights from early spring to late summer. The endangered Saimaa ringed seal enjoying the spring sunshine is a sight to behold and the endless light of midsummer nights is a memory you will carry with you forever. Watch the scenery turn from intense, summery green, to beautiful red and orange hues of autumn and on to glistening diamonds of pure white snow of winter.
Unique Lake Saimaa Lake Saimaa is the fourth largest fresh water lake in Europe and the largest lake in Finland, connecting many of the larger towns of Finnish Lakeland. Lake Saimaa's sparkling, pure waters are dotted with 14 000 islands, making it a winding labyrinth filled with breathtaking scenery and the purest nature. Whichever way you are travelling, Saimaa is sure to show you its charms, on water and land alike.
Saimaa spirit is the purest Finland. It is water, nature, culture, history – it is us. It is you. Welcome.
How to get here Finland and the Saimaa region are surprisingly near. In this area, the towns of Imatra, Lappeenranta, Mikkeli, Savonlinna and Varkaus are all only a short drive from each other. You can reach Finland’s capital city, Helsinki, from Central Europe in just a couple of hours by plane, and it only takes a couple of hours more to drive from Helsinki to the Saimaa region, in Eastern Finland.