Sahanlahti offers numerous alternatives for an active holiday.
Fun on the water – canoeing, rowing and fishing
- No fishing permits are required for hook-and-line fishing and ice fishing. Experience has shown that the best winter perch catches have been made from the end of the pier. Ask us for equipment if you do not have your own.
- Hanhiniitty, rents out Canadian canoes and kayaks and offers guided family canoeing trips or day trips. They will also bring the canoes to Sahanlahti on request.
- If you would like to go on a guided fishing trip on Lake Saimaa, ask at reception. Our partners will arrange a fishing trip on Lake Saimaa to suit your requirements.
- You can also enjoy lake Saimaa on board. m/s Kaunis Veera and s/s Wenno arrange cruises on lake Saimaa. Ask from the reception.
Out into the forest – pick berries or mushroom
- There are endless opportunities for picking berries and mushrooms in the areas surrounding all of the cottages. Remember every man’s right: we always respect the environment and our neighbours when we are in the great outdoors. Remember to only pick edible mushrooms.
- There are 4 kota huts in the Okkola area, and our guests are free to use them. Remember to tidy up after yourself.
Hike, bike and admire natural wonders
- The most popular hiking trail is the Saimaa seal trail (13 km), which winds along the shores and cliffs of Kitulanniemi peninsula and the shores and cliffs of Kotkatsaari island in the natural surroundings of Lake Saimaa. The ring route is marked by yellow ribbons on the trees. The path passes through forest terrain and partly along shoreline cliffs. It is not suitable for less able walkers. The path goes past sandy beaches for swimming and a campfire site.
- Puumala offers its best to cyclists. The Puumala archipelago route opened in summer 2017 – 60 km of beautiful Lake Saimaa nature and individual tourism services along the way. Find out more here. We also rent bikes for cyclists.
- Check the Puumala by bicycle map for more cycling routes – there are seven recommended routes to the best places in Puumala.
- Puumala has several wonderful natural sites, including caves and glacial erratics. For more information about the Loketonvuori canyon, the Rakokivi glacial erratics and the Ryhälä Devil’s Church consult the Puumala nature sites map.
- In Ruokolahti, the Kummakivi glacial erratic is well worth a visit. Kummakivi is a glacial erratic boulder approximately seven metres in length, resting on a narrow-bottomed rock platform on such a small surface area that the boulder almost appears to move.
- Geocaching is also popular here – the caches in Puumala are shown here.
Winter activities – cross-country skiing and ice skating
- There is plenty to do in the winter on Puumala’s cross-country skiing tracks, where the stunning landscapes and height differences will refresh the mind. Choose from the Rokansalo cross-country skiing routes (30 km and 40 km) or the Viljakansaari hiking and cross-country skiing routes (10 km and 20 km).
- Other cross-country skiing tracks include the parish village’s illuminated fitness trails/cross-country skiing tracks (3.4 km–10 km). Weather permitting, there is an ice track between the parish village and Sahanlahti (10 km). There is an illuminated fitness trail/cross-country skiing track (2.5 km) in Hurissalo.
- Further alternatives for ice skaters include the Puumala school centre’s ice skating area (also suitable for smaller skaters) and the ice hockey rink next to the sports hall (Vanha Puumalantie 4 C).
- Weather permitting, there is also a tour skating route from Sahanlahti to Särkiranta. This is an unofficial route maintained by volunteers. Skaters use the route at their own risk. Ask skates for rent from the Reception.
Summer activities – swim, play tennis or beach volley
- There Tennis and beach volley courts on Sahanlahti area. Ask equipments from the reception.
- There are many places to swim, also a small beach. – enjoy swimming in Saimaa or Niskalampi.