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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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  • Unforgettable spaces, endless water. Advise all spare no money and on a summer day with a glass of beer or whiskey ride on Saima. From the scenery is breathtaking and with all such Native-North!
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  • Done it many times since kid and always exciting to 'do the jump'! The boats are very comfortable these days Lovely trip. 
  • I grew up on Lake Saimaa Canal at Mälkiä lock dimensions hinder vicinity. An interesting place to be. Removing blocks environments are as beautifully tended parks. Saimaa Canal Museum tells the history of the channel, and it is now a nice coffee shop and around the herb-kukkakir. The channel beaches along the can bike long distances, also by car you can reach the gavel for the country. The last time I went here in June. A couple of years ago came to the boat trip from the port of Lappeenranta to Vyborg. Exciting was seeing all the locks on the Gulf of Finland. Deem was to sit in on a ship home Mälkiällä in brackets. At mälkiä lock at the bottom in the confession as a gift received from my watch.
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