The Harbour

The beautiful Harbour area in Lappeenranta begins at the Shore Park (Rantapuisto), also known as the Kasino Park and continues all the way to the largest sandcastle in Finland and the Myllysaari area. The magnificent boardwalk runs along the City Bay to the Harbour and past the Kasino Restaurant.
You can take a dip in the refreshing waters of Myllysaari Beach or relax on Halkosaari point, among the hustle and bustle of the Harbour. In the summer, the Harbour Square offers local specialities, such as vety and atomi meat pies that you can feast on while enjoying live music and admiring the views of Lake Saimaa. The Wall Street Journal has nominated Lake Saimaa as one of the top 5 most beautiful lakes in the world. Lappeenranta offers spectacular opportunities for sailing and boating.

Harbour in the winter

Lappeenranta Harbour in the winter

An ice rink will be frozen in Lappeenranta Harbour this winter. The idea was raised by the locals, who will also take care of freezing the rink and maintaining it, on a voluntary basis. The rink will be behind the Harbour Square and cover some 300 square metres, once there is a long enough period of sub-zero temperatures.
The ice rink is available to everyone, free of charge. Obviously, everyone will be skating at their own risk. The ice rink has been made possible by a local EU project, supported by the European Social Fund.

Karhusaari Island

Admiring the city around a campfire

In the winter, when the ice conditions permit, you can go from the City Bay to the Karhusaari Island lean-to via the cross-country ski tracks and skating route. Karhusaari Island is about 1 km from Lappeenranta Harbour.
There is a spot for a campfire in the lean-to that faces the city and firewood is available at the firewood shelter nearby. Up to two dozen people can fit into the lean-to, if everyone is considerate.
You can hire snowshoes from the Lappeenranta Spa, near the Shore Park.

Start you conquer of the Lake Saimaa at Lappeenranta Harbour

From the City Bay (Kaupunginlahti) Harbour, you can sail away on an archipelago cruise of Lake Saimaa and the Saimaa Canal for a few hours or even sail off to an international destination, Vyborg, via the Saimaa Canal. Enjoy a moment or a whole day on Lake Saimaa!

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Saimaa Travel

The city of Lappeenranta also provides tourist information services in the Sandcastle area, and you can hire bicycles, kayaks, canoes, SUP boards and a row boat.

Summer concerts at Harbour Square

Summer concerts at Harbour Square

The roots of the summer concert tradition lie in park concerts performed by the marching band of the Uusimaa Regiment of Dragoons, in the late 1800s. The tradition of organising summer concerts, here, has continued almost unbroken, for over a hundred years. Summer concerts take place at the Lappeenranta Harbour Square on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 6–7 pm Performers include local orchestras, bands, choirs and marching bands. The concerts are held at the Harbour Square, the Market Square and the Joutseno market square.

Events at the Harbour

In connection with the summer concert opening event, there is a traditional street-painting event for children at Harbour Square. The tradition of letting children leave their mark on the streets once each summer goes back all the way to the 1970s.
The summer season of events closes with the cultural event “Harbour Lights” that is organised at the Lappeenranta Harbour. During this evening, with its special ambience, you can enjoy an open fire, music, culture and the arts, along with the light parade of boats.
Markets also happen at the Harbour, for example the International Grand Market and the traditional Fish Market Days. Cavalrymen can be spotted around the Harbour area in July!