Excursions

High-end experiences you will never forget. Explore Lake Saimaa’s wilderness during one of our excursions and gain exclusive access to nature. Which adventure would you choose? 

Hot-air balloon ride

Change perspective and try our hot-air balloon rides. Feel the breeze of fresh air high up in the sky and enjoy the breathtaking views during this adventure. Experience the Saimaa area in a unique and unforgettable way!

Fishing

Come with us to learn how to fish with veins, the historical way of fishing that has been known in the Saimaa area for hundreds of years. Meet the local fishermen and get to know the typical fish of the area, vendace or more familiarly “muikku”. 

Meet the precious swimmer of Lake Saimaa

On Lake Saimaa, there lives one of the rarest seals in the world – the Saimaa ringed seal. Spot this sweet and playful diver on a journey with us. Sliding slowly through narrows and passing the tiniest islands, we head on to our adventure to see a glimpse of the native Saimaa seal. Maybe we encounter the seals getting some fresh air between dives, or if luck is on our side, sunbathing on a rock. With our special guides, you can learn more about this extraordinary freshwater seal. On this excursion, we take part in the official protection plan of the Saimaa ringed seal.

Get to know the local steamers

On Lake Saimaa you can find the biggest steamer fleet in the world. More than 50 lake steamers are still in use and beautifully renovated. Meet the steamers and local owner of the ship. Spend an exciting day with a nostalgic touch, carrying firewood and experiencing the history of Lake Saimaa in a very special way. 

Local delicacies

Apart from the beautiful nature and stunning landscapes, the Saimaa region also offers amazing culinary experiences! The purity and freshness, which characterizes Lake Saimaa, is also represented in local food. Thus, delicious meals are cooked of Saimaa’s fresh, regional ingredients, coming directly out of the lake, from local farmers or are collected in the forest. Do not miss out on tasting them during your stay in the Saimaa region! Tasty food and drinks are offered in numerous cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy the laid-back Finnish atmosphere, sipping some local wine and experiencing the great local cuisine.

We make the world better

Did you know that around 75% of Finland’s total land area is covered in forest? Pine, fir, and birch trees are significant features of the landscape. There is something magical about the forest, especially Saimaa forest. The Finnish souls have always been connected to the forest. The green color is calming, and the gentle rustling of the leaves and pine needles sounds like music. Finns feel at peace in the forest. Not alone or lost but protected and in harmony. Hiking in summer, picking berries and mushrooms, or simply walking in the woods are all popular leisure activities in Finland. The forest is simply a part of everyday life in Finland, contributing to making Finland the happiest country in the world. We plant trees in the forest which last for centuries, bringing joy and happiness, while making the world a better place to be.

Health and wellbeing

The wonderful Saimaa region exudes a feeling of freedom and happiness. Just letting the stunning lake views sink in, while breathing Finland’s clean air and being surrounded by calm, untouched nature, immediately makes you feel more relaxed and in peace. Of course, experiencing the traditional Finnish sauna is a must on every holiday in Finland. It is not only calming your muscles and soul but also has numerous positive effects on your health. Combined with excellent local, fresh food and Finnish nature’s revitalizing impact, Saimaa offers everything you need for an unforgettable vacation. As your wellbeing is enhanced simultaneously, you just do not want to leave this place again. 

Lake Saimaa

Vast, untouched nature awaits you.

Measuring 4,400 kmin area and comprising over 13,000 islands, Saimaa is Finland’s largest lake and the fourth largest in Europe. A few years ago, the Wall Street Journal listed it among the five most beautiful lakes in the world. Saimaa is a complicated lake system with waters flowing slowly from north to south and finally through its outflow channel, the Vuoksi, southeast over the Russian border into Ladoga, Europe’s largest lake. The Saimaa drainage region covers most of the southern part of eastern Finland, a region about the size of Belgium, extending almost to Lake Oulujärvi in the north.