Summer fun on the water – canoeing, rowing, swimming and fishing
There are Tennis and beach volley courts on Sahanlahti area. Ask equipments from the reception. And naturally when we are by the lake Saimaa, there are many places to swim, including our small beach. – enjoy swimming in Saimaa or Niskalampi pond. There are 2 fireplaces and one Kota hut in the Sahanlahti area, and our guests are free to use them. Remember to tidy up after yourself.
No fishing permits are required for hook-and-line fishing. Ask us for equipment if you do not have your own. We also rent rowing boats.
If you would like to go on a guided fishing trip on Lake Saimaa, ask from reception. Our partners will arrange a fishing trip on Lake Saimaa to suit your requirements.
Our partner, Saimaa Canoeing rents out Canadian canoes and kayaks and offers guided canoeing trips or day trips. They will also bring the canoes to Sahanlahti on request.
Hike, bike and admire natural wonders
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. We rent bikes (electric, mountain and basic) Check the Puumala by bicycle map for more cycling routes – there are seven recommended routes to the best places in Puumala.
Sahanlahti Recreation Trail is nearly 3-km long and it begins from the courtyard of Sahanlahti Resort. Gravel trails wind through a well-managed coniferous forest. The loop runs along the Sahanlahti Cabin Village on the western bank of the rapids and logging channel, and rises towards Kuoreksenniemi. There is strength training equipment along the trail. Begin the trip by crossing the quaint wooden bridge over the rapids.
The most popular hiking trail in Puumala 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.
If you are looking for a longer day of hiking, the Elsa Heporauta Trail runs for 24 km. You can access the trail at Sahanlahti Resort. There is fireplace along the trail but no other services. The trail is also possible to bike through, but please note that it is quite demanding.
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 check 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.
Out into the forest – pick berries or mushroom
In autumn and late summer there are endless opportunities for picking berries and mushrooms in the surrounding of resort area. 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.
Enjoy Saimaa and its miracles on lake cruises
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.
Puumala seal watching cruise is a new service in spring 2018. The friendly Saimaa ringed seal is one of the rarest seals in the world, and it lives only in Lake Saimaa, Finland. Saimaa seal watching tours are organized in Puumala in early summer during four first weeks after ice-out which is the best time of the year to see seals lying on a rock, sunbathing. There there are some 20 Saimaa seals living in the area. Ecoboat is very comfortable and weather-proof. Thanks to the covered cabin it keeps you warm, and it is great for taking photos! Read more and book
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.