Active holidays in Lappeenranta

The beautiful Lake Saimaa, framing Lappeenranta, offers the opportunity to fully enjoy outdoor activities in stunning scenery. Services, tourist attractions and events are often within walking distance.

We have put together some of the most popular attractions for active travellers with plenty of options for everyone. You should also explore our new weekly activities programme, which includes a lot of guaranteed activities. You can easily find equipment for outdoor recreation and camping at the Sandcastle rental point starting from 4 June.

The positive feedback says that just one day is nowhere near enough: Lappeenranta, one of Europe’s greenest cities, invites you to experience and see its attractions!

Weekly activities programme starting on 27 June

Lappeenranta’s weekly programme offers a wide range of guaranteed activities from 27 June to 14 August 2022. The activities include canoeing/kayaking, SUP boarding, cycling, nature picking tours, forest wellness excursions and bunker tours of the Salpa Line. No previous experience is required, and a professional guide is always provided. The activities are organised weather permitting.

Information on the programme and how to buy tickets, contact:
Saimaan Palju Events' Business owner Teemu Virtanen
+358 40 5880 738,

Discover the Saimaa UNESCO Global Geopark

Lake Saimaa is known for its beautiful scenery and pure nature, and it starts in Lappeenranta. The area around the city contains unique cultural, geological and archaeological sites of Lake Saimaa.

Lappeenranta is home to nine geosites of the Saimaa UNESCO Global Geopark and 12 natural and cultural sites.

Read more about Saimaa Geopark geosites.

Saimaa Archipelago Cycling Route

The Saimaa Archipelago Route is a traditional popular cycling tour in the southern Saimaa region.
The route is about 154 km long and it´s worth to book several days for this route (at least 2-3 days), there is a lot to see for example several Saimaa Geopark sites.
On the route you can explore the sights of the cities of Lappeenranta and Imatra, as well as three attractive smaller centres: Taipalsaari, Ruokolahti and Joutseno.
Specially for geology enthusiastics cycling along the vast marginal formations of Salpausselkä, shaped by the continent. The first Salpausselkä can be seen from Imatra to Lappeenranta and the Second Salpausselkä in Kyläniemi and Utula, Ruokolahti.

More information about the Route here

Hike a couple of hours in the areas surrounding the city, admire the lake scenery from a bicycle saddle or go on a cross-country ski trip on Lake Saimaa. The Lappeenranta and South Karelia areas offer a spectacular network of routes for adventurers of all skill levels.
Experience the beautiful Rantaraitti! Its western part is completely accessible. The pedestrian and cycle route which is within easy reach traces the shores of Lake Saimaa from Myllysaari beach to the Harbour square all the way to Skinnarila.


More about hiking in Lappeeranta here

Myllysaari recreational area

There are free-of-charge summer keep-fit classes held in the area. In addition, the LainaX van, which loans out sports equipment and active games for young people, makes regular stops in Myllysaari. Read about all the summer sports groups and the equipment van here

Read more about Myllysaari

Do not change the scenery – stay longer on the shores of Lake Saimaa

Lappeenranta has plenty of things to do for every day of the week, so why not stay for longer? Explore the weekly activities programme, many activities of which are guaranteed to be organised – even for just one participant.
The Lappeenranta region hosts a wide variety of events, and the offering is constantly expanding. The most up-to-date information is available on the Lappeenranta Events website.
Book your accommodation and head to Lappeenranta in the embrace of Lake Saimaa!