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Self-guided cycling tour in the Lake region

Self-guided cycling tour in the Lake region

Finland is often called the land of a thousand lakes and with a good reason: there are actually near 188 000 lakes in Finland. Finland’s Lakeland is a beautiful mosaic of vast clear waters and islands, spits and isthmuses covered with green boreal forests and birch groves. There are kilometers of shoreline cycling routes and many scenic spots along the way!

On this cycling tour you will cycle along the shores of Finland’s largest lake, Saimaa, and visit some of its best places; historical towns of Lappeenranta and Savonlinna, nature reserves and the famous Punkaharju esker ridge, one of the nominated national landscapes of Finland.

This tour offers a lot for nature and outdoor lovers! Besides cycling there are many trails for walking and hiking, many waterways for paddling and rowing and of course many occasions for sauna, swimming and fishing.

Linnansaari National Park  consists of hundreds of islands and islets on Saimaa, on home waters of Saimaa ringed seal. Here you will see the lake nature at its best: wide lakeviews, islands, cliffs, and behind them flourishing groves. On the main island Linnasaari you can climb up to hill Linnavuori, where you can admire the wide lake views.

Lappeenranta is the capital of South Karelia. Lappeenranta is known as the friendliest town in Finland and for its green technology development. It has a historical old town and fortress with a great view to Lake Saimaa and also Finland’s oldest wooden Town Hall. Worth visiting is the Sandcastle exhibition with sand sculptures with annually changing theme. Lappeenranta has a lively harbour with a square and steamships that come and go from their cruises on Lake Saimaa. If you have enough time you may want to take one around Lake Saimaa or to the famous Saimaa Canal.

In the small village of Taipalsaari you can visit the church and a Horse-Drawn Vehicle Museum. You may not be lucky enough to see a real Saimaa Ringed Seal during your tour as in summertime they tend to stay under water for most of the time, but at the municipal hall of Taipalsaari you have a chance to see a mounted Saimaa Ringed Seal puppy. On a sunny day you may want to take a swim in the lake before heading back to Lappeenranta.

Punkaharju is known internationally for the beautiful esker ridge formed by the Ice Age, and has therefor been a popular tourist destination already for two hundred years. Punkaharju esker ridge is one of Finland's nominated national landscapes. Punkaharju esker ridge Nature Reserve instead, is one of the world's oldest reserves, as the area was named a crown-owned park already in 1843. Depending on your arrival time to Punkaharju, you may want to discover the esker ridge area and some of the surrounding attractions by bike already today. There are many trails also for walking or nordic walking. You can also go paddling, rowing or horse riding. Worth visiting are the Finnish Forest Museum Lusto and art exhibition Johanna Oras. For families there’s a water and fun park. And don't forget relaxing sauna and swimming!

The small village of Kerimäki  you can visit the world’s biggest wooden church. As you arrive to the village, a line of red wooden boat shelters by the lakeshore appear in the view. Worth visiting are the Hytermä Nature Reserve and Museum Islands, reachable by a rowing boat (15€/boat) in a short distance from land. A trip to this hidden pearl in Lake Saimaa is a unique experience. 

Savonlinna  is known for its medieval Olavinlinna castle and the annual international Opera Festival. Savonlinna is built on islands, so water is always present. There are some wonderful cycling routes in Savonlinna along the lakeshore you don’t want to miss! Experience the laid-back atmosphere at the Market square by the harbour with nostalgic steamships. If you haven’t tasted the famous and appreciated Puruvesi vendace fish yet, now it’s high time! Get your portion directly from the Savonlinna Market square or from almost any restaurant.

(Savonlinna Opera Festival programme 6.7. – 4.8. 2018: http://www.operafestival.fi/en)

Oravi  is situated between two national parks on a narrow isthmus. Worth experiencing is a boat trip to the biodiverse Linnansaari Island in Linnansaari National Park. The landscape in the national park alternates between a labyrinth of sheltered islands and clear open waters. Linnansaari is one of the favourite habitats for the adorable Saimaa Ringed Seal, one of the world's most endangered and rare seals, endemic to Lake Saimaa. If you are lucky, you can see one or also an Osprey flying above the lake. On the Linnansaari Island you can do a short hike and get acquainted with the traditional slash-and-burn agriculture method. Oravi is a perfect spot for paddling trips, sauna and swimming.

 

Accommodation:  

  • Lappeenranta, 2 nights, middle class hotel with toilet and shower in the room
  • Punkaharju, 3 nights, apartment hotel or cottage with toilet, shower, sauna and a small kitchen in the room
  • Savonlinna, 1 night, middle class hotel with toilet and shower in the room
  • Oravi,1 night, apartment hotel or cottage with toilet, shower and a small kitchen in the room

Meals:  

  • 7x breakfast

Transportation:

  • your luggage will be transported from accommodation to accommodation (except on day 3 the luggage is transported by the customer on the train).

Sauna:

  • sauna in the room in Punkaharju
  • sauna in the room in Oravi
  • possibility to book saunas in every location

Route type:

  • terrain is undulating
  • mostly on secondary roads and cycle paths
  • daily distances from 23 km to 49 km.

More info:

  • service-hotline available 24h/7 (Finnish / English / Italian)
  • route description-maps (one per each room, available in English / German / Italian / French / Finnish)

NOTE! Rowing boat rent to visit the Hytermä Nature Reserve Islands (ca. 15 € / boat)

Program: example

Day 1 (Sun)

  • arrival to Lappeenranta
  • activity decided by you
  • night in Lappeenranta

Day 2 (Mon) 43km cycling

  • breakfast
  • cycling from Lappeenranta to Taipalsaari
  • visit old village of Taipalsaari
  • take a swim
  • cycling back to Lappeenranta
  • night in Lappeenranta

Day 3 (Tue) cycling if wanted

  • breakfast
  • train transfer from Lappeenranta to Punkaharju
  • activity decided by you, for example rowing a boat on the lake
  • night in Punkaharju

Day 4 (Wed) 23km cycling

  • breakfast
  • cycling on esker ridge route
  • night in Punkaharju

Day 5 (Thu)  34km / 49km cycling

  • breakfast
  • cycling from Punkaharju to Kerimäki village
  • night in Punkaharju

Day 6 (Fri) 38 km + 11 km cycling or steamship + 11 km cycling

  • breakfast
  • cycling (+steam ship cruise) from Punkaharju to Savonlinna
  • night in Savonlinna

Day 7 (Sat) 42km cycling

  • breakfast
  • cycling from Savonlinna to Oravi
  • night in Oravi

Day 8 (Sun)

  • breakfast
  • leave to the next destination

 

FOR EXAMPLE! 

Continue your holiday in Linnansaari National Park with our one or two days tours starting from 175€/person, 1 night.

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