Holiday like the Finns do in Lakeland

Credits: Harri Tarvainen

Starting Point: Savonlinna
3-5 days

Journey: Holiday like the Finns do in Lakeland

How do the world’s happiest people spend their holidays? They head to Lakeland, a gorgeous area that’s full of pristine forests, crystal-clear lakes, charming cottages, and enchanting cities. This journey will take you to the heart of Lakeland, the Savonlinna region in eastern Finland, which is known for Lake Saimaa, Olavinlinna Castle, and some of the most beautiful ridges and natural scenery in Lakeland.
Kayaks in Oravi

Guided kayaking trips in Linnansaari and Kolovesi National Parks

Finland is the country of a thousand lakes and there’s no better way of getting to know Lake Saimaa than to be out on the water. Kayaking with an experienced guide will teach you about the area in a fun and safe way.
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Travel tip

From Savonlinna, the journey continues to Jyväskylä. You can rent a car – the drive is about 3 hours – or take a bus. Find schedules and tickets at Matkahuolto and Onnibus sites.

Travel tip

From Jyväskylä, head west towards the city of Tampere. Make sure to stop at Mänttä along the way – it’s a real cultural hub. The drive to Mänttä from Jyväskylä takes about 2 hours, or you can take the bus to both Mänttä and Tampere.

Travel tip

From Mänttä, head to Tampere, the sauna capital of the world. The drive takes a little over an hour.

Accommodation in the Savonlinna region

Lake Saimaa, the most famous lake in Finland and one of the most popular with Finns vacationing, is a great place to start a holiday in Lakeland. Stay in a cottage, villa or hotel – there are plenty to choose from in the Savonlinna region.
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Cottage Ankkuri

Accommodation in the Jyväskylä region

Whether you choose to stay in a countryside cottage or book an urban hotel, here are some accommodations in the Jyväskylä region.

Accommodation in the Tampere region

Tampere is one of the biggest cities in Finland and offers many places to stay. Choose the place that suits your needs, from glamping and cottages to chic hotels.