BRING YOUR OWN BOAT (BYOB)
Exploring Lake Saimaa in your own boat is also possible. The Saimaa canal, which starts in Russia, near the city of Vyborg, takes you up the 76 meters from sea level to the lakes. Sailboats can also pass the canal as long as the mast is less than 25 meters. While out on the water, keep an eye open for the Saimaa Ringed seal. It is an endangered fresh water seal left behind by the ice age and the cutest thing you will see. If you are lucky.
For a bit more open waters, choose Lake Päijänne, the second largest inland boating area. It says something about the size of Lake Päijänne that it supplies the drinking water for the Helsinki capital region. Lake Päijänne should be on your list of boating destinations if you want to try your hands on some sail racing. The Päijännepurjehdus (Päijänne Sail Race) is the biggest inland race in Finland.