the place to start: savonlinna
The city of Savonlinna – famous for its international summer opera festival and the Olavinlinna Castle – is the perfect place to start a Lakeland sailing trip, as the waters here are sheltered and the winds are light.
There are some 100 marinas and guest harbours in the area, so it’s easy to find a place to spend the nights as you explore the 4,000 kilometres of marked waterways.
Savonlinna is also a great place to try an inland cruise on a steamboat – an iconic part of Lakeland history. The 1-1,5 hour scenic cruises leaving from the market square (“Kauppatori” in Finnish) and take you around the beautiful landscapes near the city. You can also take a longer cruise to see the famous canals of lake Saimaa.