Your adventure starts in the capital Helsinki – The gateway to the Finnish lake scenery. From there, scenic roads lead to the Lakeland region.
An excellent way to get around is by renting a car. It is also possible to travel by train. The fastest connection will take you to Lake Saimaa in under two hours.
If you are looking for a real authentic experience, you should book a holiday cottage – exactly like the Finns are doing it every weekend in Summer.
Good alternatives are the beautiful manor houses and charming guesthouses where you can enjoy the true Finnish hospitality.
It is proven that Finland has the cleanest water in the world. What could be better than exploring this unique landscape from its water sports side?
The cultural heritage in Lakeland is omnipresent. The lake district is packed with historical sites which want to be explored – from churches and monasteries to the majestic Olavinlinna castle, where every year the opera festival takes place.
In the cultural center, you get to know the Finnish mythology as it appears in the folk legend “Kalevala”. Until today, this legend is highly influential to the national identity of the Finns. The Koli National Park is also said to be the home of all the Gods and spirits – a thoroughly mystical place, where the world of the living and the nether world merge.
The cities you will get to know on your journey are oftentimes former industrial centers, which can provide nowadays an offer rich in culture. This includes, for example, the historic groundwood mill in Verla.