The Saimaa Canal

The Saimaa Canal runs from Lake Saimaa, via the city of Vyborg, to the Gulf of Finland and is the most historically important canal in Finland. The Canal opened in 1856 and significantly influenced the overall industrialisation of Eastern Finland. The Canal is 43 km long and has eight locks, three on the Finnish side and five in Russia. In 1968, the canal was inaugurated in its present-day form. Please come join us on a two-hour canal cruise or cruise all the way to Vyborg!

Information about the Saimaa Canal

Cruises from Lappeenranta

Saimaa Canal and archipelago cruises by m/s Camilla

Saimaa Canal and archipelago cruises by m/s Saimaa Margareta

Cruises to Puumala, Savonlinna and cruises to the Saimaa Canal and to the Russian border by m/s Carelia  

    There has been traffic between Lake Saimaa and the Gulf of Finland since 1856.
    The old “Imperial Canal” had 28 locks.
    There are 8 of them in the Saimaa Canal, today.
    The trip to Vyborg takes about 5.5 hours on the Canal.
    You can learn more about the history of the canal at the Saimaa Canal Museum, which is open in the summer.