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Saimaa Canal, Lappeenranta
(4.6/5 based on 150 reviews on the web)
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. Put Saimaa Canal on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Lappeenranta vacation trip planner.
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  • A great place to relax at the weekend. Wind does not give die from heat in summer, around lots of shops with delicious food, you can simply sit on the footbridge and enjoy the day
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  • Summer is here life boils every night, from 15.00 hours. Drink beer, eat sausages and ice cream in many kiosks and moored ships. The ships are docked here, walking around Saima and the Saimaa Canal. Can be reached and to Vyborg (though it is necessary to have a visa). There is free entertainment for children. Everything pure and soundly. Winter/autumn you can simply take a walk along the waterfront.
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  • Traveling to Finland, we decided to drive along the Saimaa Canal, very nice view, we appeared before the magnificent coast, excellent island
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