Archipelago experiences on Lake Saimaa

Experience archipelago life in the most beautiful landscapes of Lake Saimaa in Sahanlahti, Puumala.  Cycle, paddle, enjoy the freshness of Finnish forest and learn to heat the Finnish Smoke sauna and relax.


Day 1. Arrive at Sahanlahti. Accommodation in a villa.

Day 2. The day’s excursion begins after breakfast at the idyllic sawmill environment of Sahanlahti, where you will receive a bicycle and equipment to use. From Sahanlahti, we will cycle to the parish village of Puumala – over 7 km (5 miles) – where we will stop to admire the scenery from Puumala bridge. The journey continues from the village along the idyllic archipelago road towards Niinisaari (about 12 km, 8 miles), which can be reached by cable ferry. We will stop for lunch at the Niinipuu restaurant in the grounds of the homely Okkola farm. After that, we will move on to the neighboring Hanhiniitty farm, where we will take a canoe/kayak trip towards Sahanlahti (approx. 15 km, 10 miles). Right at the start of the canoe trip, we will stop off at the Liehtalanniemi museum farm to learn about the history of an archipelago farm and stories of Liehtalan Jallu, a local celebrity. We will enjoy coffee prepared over a fire and bake traditional buns on sticks. From Liehtalanniemi, our journey will take us back towards Sahanlahti.

On day 3, we will hike the local forests and trails (Nordic walking). Along the way, we will see impressive glacial erratic boulders and other unique terrain shaped by nature. At the end of the hike, we will enjoy a hot drink in a kota hut. Together, we will begin heating the smoke sauna in the late morning, while learning about the Finnish sauna culture and the story of the smoke sauna. It takes about six hours to heat the sauna properly. Nearby the sauna, there is also a jacuzzi where you can take a dip if the water of Lake Saimaa is too chilly.

Day 4. After breakfast, we will head home.


Duration:                    3 days
Suitable for:              Groups, families, couples, individuals
Group size:                 8 people or more
Availability:               May – October
Languages:                English, Finnish
Price:                           from €444 per person
Includes:                     Guided programme with meals and accommodation
Extras:                         Dinners
                    Sahanlahti Resort, Puumala, Mikkeli region, Saimaa district

                     Sahanlahti Resort,, tel. +358 (0)40 779 9896