Saimaa Canal, Lappeenranta

A visit to Saimaa Canal does not require a Russian visa, but does require a passport, as nowadays it's actually Russian territory. Located along the Russian border, the canal was leased to Finland for a few decades following the country's independence, but in 2012 it reverted back to Russian control. The canal itself is used for transport between the Gulf of Finland and Lake Saimaa in the "Finnish Land of Lakes," but walking and biking trails follow the waterway through scenic woods and meadows. Book a boat tour at the canal, which allows you to reach all the locks quickly. You can learn about the importance of the canal at the museum near the docks. Snacks and drinks are served on the tour boats, or opt for the cafeteria inside the museum if you get hungry. Plan your Saimaa Canal visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lappeenranta using our Lappeenranta travel route site .
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  • An excellent and totally unique choice of activity when staying in Lappenranta. We were able to book and pay for our cruise to Vyborg online. The trip is long- about 5 hours each way- but the scenery ...  more »
  • It was nice to go out in the evening on a cruise and experience the shut-off. How it can be true? 13metrin height difference and here we go again, and the journey continues on Lake Saimaa
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  • All in all schönte a canal cruise. With M / S Carelia, you can make a day trip through all locks of the Saimaa. The former German butter boat needs ca 6 h out and 6 h back is ca 2, 5 h stay in Vyborg. In bad weather, it is unfortunately a bit tight in the ship there are lunch and dinner on board. The food was tasty and plentiful.
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