Enjoy the spas of the east
Eastern Finland is known for its spas, and there are a number of them within a small radius – for example, the drive between Lappeenranta and Imatra is only about half an hour. At spas, all services are easily at hand so the whole family can concentrate on splashing in the pools and relaxing in the jacuzzis.
In Imatra, the stately Valtionhotelli, built in 1903, is a great place to stay. Also comprising a spa nowadays, the aristocracy of imperial St. Petersburg often favoured this place as a retreat. Just a stone’s throw away lies Finland’s oldest tourist sight, the rapids of Imatra. When the dam is opened, the water thunders down the river, leaving no witness less than awestruck.