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 .
Tours to Saimaa Canal
Private Ecoboat Charter Cruise in Savonlinna BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $424
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Romantic Evening Canal Cruise in Varkaus BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $37
Duration: 2 hours
Saimaa Canal Reviews
Неоднократно путешествовал на яхте и катере по каналу вверх и вниз за последние 15 лет.Есть места отдыха если не успеете пройти канал за день или устали , но я всегда проходил за 4.5 (рекорд) до 7 час... more »Repeatedly traveled by boat and boat on the channel up and down the last 15 years. There are places of rest if you do not have time to pass the channel for a day or tired, but I always passed for 4.5 (record) to 7 hours.. Finnish border guards and customs officers are extremely polite to seawalkers. The Russians have also in recent years become polite. I think a wonderful trip and on a steamer SAIMAA on my, which departs from Lappeenranta.
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 »
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