Travel guide to Saimaa Area


Local name

Travel preparation


Best time to visit

The best time of the year for a visit to Finland is during the months of summer, and this goes for the Saimaa region too. If you visit the region during the month of July, it is strongly recommended that you include the grand Savonlinna Opera Festival in your travelling plans.

Local conditions


Time zone

When the time is 12:00 p.m. in England, it is 13:00 p.m. in the Saimaa region.

Culture and entertainment

If you visit the Saimaa region during the months of summer, it is strongly recommended that you take part in the legendary Savonlinna Opera festival, which takes place each year in July. In several of the smaller towns in the area, the local people start warming up for the festival a couple of weeks before the actual program begins. The festival itself always gathers a huge crowd of locals and tourists.

Accommodation / Hotel

Saimaa, like any other place popular among tourists, has a wide variety of good accommodation facilities to offer its visitors. There are hotels, hostels, and camping sites to be found in the different towns and the area that surrounds them. Also, one must not forget the so-called "rule of common property" that gives you the right to camp anywhere you might see fit, as long as general respect for nature and people is shown. Book your hotel in Saimaa Area here

Local transport

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