Saimaa Canal, Lappeenranta

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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. To visit Saimaa Canal on your holiday in Lappeenranta, and find out what else Lappeenranta has to offer, use our Lappeenranta.
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  • The lake is beatiful and the locks are an experience. Plenty of scenery to take in. Definitely a recommendable trip.  more »
  • Cruised all the way to Viborg and listened to the history of the canal, very interesting. Very sad that the Finns built the canal and then the Russians took half away and now Finland has to pay rent....  more »
  • A Scenic Cruise on Lake Saimaa and the Saimaa Canal Lake Saimaa is the 4th largest freshwater lake in Europe. We took one of the evening cruises on the lake from the harbour at Lappeenranta. This...  more »

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