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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. Put Saimaa Canal on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Lappeenranta vacation trip planner.
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  • Always beautiful to watch in both summer and winter, and at any other time of the year. Is always different, but very beautiful. Amazing creation of human hands. Dream on the ferryboat that sails to ride on it.
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  • Lake Saimaa views are always as beautiful, they do not get tired of watching them. According to the weather channel running through the block from and are exciting experiences.
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  • It's enough stirring feeling when you see the passage of the ship through water gates for the first time in your life. Anyway you can't miss it if you decide to go by car or by bus through Russian (Br...  more »