Cycling in Saimaa
Southern Karelia is home to numerous cycle routes that gently wind their way through Saimaa, the country’s largest lake network. There are tens of kilometres of shoreline cycle routes, with more being added every year, meaning water is always close-by and that there is no shortage of beauty spots to stop off for a break.
The stretch of road running from the centre of Lappeenranta to the village of Taipalsaari is one of the most popular and most recommended routes in the area – it is even considered to be one of the country’s most beautiful roads. The route is not particularly long, just 30 kilometres there and back, but detours can always be made into the local countryside if you need a more demanding challenge.
It can be hard tearing yourself away from the fabulous smell of the sweet factory at the start of the route, but it’s worth heading down to the shoreline trail and on to the historic barracks area. The Sunisenselkä shoreline is part of the town’s ancient setting. From the shoreline trail, the route joins the cycle path to Taipalsaari.
The largest Lake District in Europe: In a scarcely populated country there’s enough scenery and shoreline for all, allowing you to easily lose yourself in thought or be inspired by the vast clear lakes, intricately splintered by islands, isthmuses and green spits.