A blue labyrinth of lakes, islands, rivers and canals, interspersed with forests and ridges, stretching for hundreds of kilometres in a placid and staggeringly beautiful expanse. Welcome to the largest lake district in Europe. This is Finnish Lakeland.
DESTINATION in figures
1000’s of lakes
200 000 cottages
310 Saimaa ringed seals
1 Opera Festival
- 3Jyväskylä Region3 3
- 4Kajaani-Kuhmo-Vuokatti4 4 4
- 6Lahti Region6
- 7Lappeenranta-Imatra7 7
Explore Lakeland by Car
See below for some self-guided tours of Finland’s many natural attractions.
lakeland – the heart of finnish identity
Taking a trip to Lakeland is like taking a trip into the heart of Finnish identity. One of the most important birthplaces of the Finnish identity are the deep green forests, the rolling hills and the glittering lakes that cover most of central Finland.
Finland’s lake district is a dream destination for sailors. Some of the oldest steamboats on Lake Saimaa have been sailing the waters for many decades.
paddling on lake saimaa
Lake Saimaa is Finland’s largest lake with its own archipelago. Because of the many islands, the sheltered waters have hardly any waves, which makes kayaking routes suitable even for the more inexperienced paddlers.
A cottage paradise
Barbecuing, swimming, canoeing and boating are standard activities in the summer. Being the largest lake district in Europe, Lakeland is a haven for fishing enthusiasts. While out there, spotting elks at the shore is not unheard of.
get your skates on!
The stark contrasts between Finland’s four seasons are aptly reflected in the country’s thousands of lakes. Whether swimming in or skiing on, they are ideal territory for recreation and relaxation. Head to Lakeland for a piece of the blue – or white! – goodness.