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. Plan your Saimaa Canal visit and explore what else you can see and do in Lappeenranta using our Lappeenranta travel route site .
Tours to Saimaa Canal
Private Ecoboat Charter Cruise in Savonlinna BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $416
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Private Ice-Floating Experience on the Pirtinvirta River in Varkaus BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $56
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Romantic Evening Canal Cruise in Varkaus BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $36
Duration: 2 hours
Saimaa Canal Reviews
The lake is beatiful and the locks are an experience. Plenty of scenery to take in. Definitely a recommendable trip. more »
Saimaan risteily Camillalla oli kerrassaan upea, elokuun ihanassa illassa. Risteily vie Saimaan kanavan kautta Saimaan saaristoon ja matkalla on yksi kanavan suluista. Laivan ravintolan ruoka oli tode... more »Saimaa Cruise in Camevening was absolutely gorgeous, in the lovely evening of August. The cruise takes you through the Saimaa Canal to the Saimaa archipelago and on the way is one of the canals. The food in the ship's restaurant was really big disappointment. Bad food, overpriced: Man asked Bearnaissauce, it was crumbed or Puurona on a platter-steak was OK, vegetables swims in the soos and French.... Oh no!
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