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The Saimaa Archipelago Route

A stunning route through the islands of Lake Saimaa

The Saimaa Archipelago Route in the South Saimaa region offers a spectacular scenic route for cyclists and the opportunity to explore unique cultural sites. Along the 160 km route along the shores of Lake Saimaa and the pine forests of the Salpausselkä, you will see the sights of Lappeenranta and Imatra, as well as three charming church villages in Taipalsaari, Ruokolahti and Joutseno. Combine the route with the Savitaipalee tour and you’ll see idyllic countryside and Kärnäkoski Fortress. There are also several Saimaa UNESCO Global Geopark sites along the Saimaa Island Route that are well worth a visit!

Note! Ferry tickets must always be purchased in advance, check timetables and book tickets here

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Tips for cyclists

Combining the Savitaipale tour with the Saimaa Archipelago Route, you can see idyllic countryside, Partakoski and Kärnäkoski Fortress.

It’s worth setting aside several days for the route, as there’s plenty to see. For those interested in geology, the Saimaa Geopark offers many interesting sites. Alvar Aalto’s architecture can be seen in Imatra, and Lappeenranta’s living fortress area is fascinating for its history. Excursions and beaches invite you to relax in nature and swim, while restaurants and cafés offer local delicacies. Along the route you can stay in personalised hotels, bed and breakfasts or camping on the shores of Lake Saimaa. The journey between Sarviniemi and Kyläniemi is made on the cycle ferry Rasti, and on the ferry trip you can see the Kutvele Canal built by General Alexander Suvorov.

The section between Ruokolahti and Utula can be pedalled via the Äitsaari scenic road and crossed by boat across the water. You can also cycle across the mainland and visit the stone paths of the Salpalinja in Syyspohja.

Unique cottage accommodation and local food, be sure to book your break in advance!

It’s good to take a break on the Saimaa archipelago route and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. There are currently accommodation providers along the route, all of whom require advance contact to book accommodation and meals. Here are a few of them. Please contact the accommodation provider directly if you wish to stay or dine in advance

Ojala farmhouse accommodation

Ojala’s lodge is located in the village of Kyläniemi and has four lodge rooms: two double and two twin rooms.
two two-bed and three-bed cabins. In addition to accommodation, breakfast is also available and
dinner. About half a kilometre away there is also a lakeside sauna, which can be used for
which can be rented separately.

Ojala’s guesthouse is 1.3 km from the Saimaa island route,
4,4 km to Kyläniemi fishing harbour and 10 km to Kyläniemi fishing harbour.
to the Kylomäniemi castle. The road from the Saimaa island route to Ojala’s cottage is
is gravel road.

Reservations in advance by e-mail to
or by phone +35850 567 5946 / Anu.

Reservations in advance by e-mail to
or by phone +35850 567 5946 / Anu.

Farm holidays Hertta

Farmhouse accommodation is a cosy way to spend the night and offers the traveller a unique opportunity to spend a night in silence surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes.In the peace and quiet of the Hertta farmhouse you can enjoy the best dreams of your life in cosy rooms built in an old barn. Come and experience an authentic farm stay with the whole family or a work party, you’re sure to enjoy yourself!


2+1h rooms 2pcs.
2h rooms 1pc
3h atelier
Accommodation price 40€ /person. Breakfast is included in the price.

Book a room by calling tel. +35840 052 4633

Onnela sheep farm

Stay at Onnela Sheep Farm. The place is cosy and the welcome is warm, so you’re sure to feel at home for a longer stay. The warmth of the sauna, a dip in the lake and a tasty meal in the cosy cottage offer relaxation after a long cycling trip.

Please note that Onnela’s Lammastila also requires prior contact for accommodation or dining. If you wish to stop here, please contact the entrepreneur in advance.

Onnela’s Sheep Farm tel: 050 5485123

Ripatin aitta

Located in Utula, on the shores of Lake Saimaa, this cottage has two separate rooms, sauna+shower, fridge, barbecue and gazebo.

Ripati’s cottage is located a couple of km from Utula’s village shop in the direction of the village green and about 1.5 km along a well-maintained cottage road to the shore of Lake Saimaa.

Reservations in advance either by e-mail or by phone 0503504920 / Sinikka Ripatti.

For more about what the Lappeenranta and Imatra region has to offer, visit

Check out the route information

Explore the destinations along the route

Download a paper map of the Saimaa Island Route (pdf)