Saimaa Archipelago by bike
A tour of the Lake Saimaa archipelago by bicycle – stunning scenery, local stories and delicious local food
Day 1. Welcome along on a cycling tour of the Lake Saimaa archipelago! In the afternoon, you will arrive at the historical surroundings of Sahanlahti Resort on the shore of Lake Lietvesi, which is part of Lake Saimaa. Breathe in the clean lake air and enjoy a visit to the sauna in the evening. If you wish, you can also take a trip out with the owner to make a birch whisk for the sauna. The evening will be crowned with a dinner of local food and a stunning view of Lake Saimaa in the Koskivahti restaurant.
Day 2. The landscapes of the archipelago road, the local way of life and tales of ringed Saimaa seals
The day will begin with a relaxing and nourishing breakfast where you will also hear about the area’s colourful history. The cycling route on day 2 takes in the village of Puumala and Niinisaari island, with sites to see and scenery to admire. The archipelago road will also take you onto a cable ferry. In the evening you will arrive at your next overnight stop, Nestorinranta, where you can visit the sauna and grill some food. The owner’s family will also tell stories of archipelago life and the ringed Saimaa seals that inhabit the area. During the day, you will cycle 32 km (20 miles)
Day 3. Boat trips, the sandy beaches of Lake Saimaa and the historical Pienniemi peninsula After an archipelago breakfast at Nestorinranta, you will learn about the island’s cultural heritage and stunning nature, including sandy beaches and lagoons, on a guided tour. A ferry will take you over the waves of Lake Saimaa from the island of Lintusalo to Hurissalo, where you will jump back into the saddle. At the end of the day, you will arrive at the historical Pienniemi farm, nestled within the rugged rocks, where you will be met by Guide Tiina. The evening will be spent visiting the sauna, sitting by the fire and enjoying a delicious dinner of organic food. During the day, you will cycle 12 km (7.5 miles)
Day 4. Canoeing, the landscapes from the bridges of Lake Lietvesi and the beaches of Pistohiekka After breakfast, the day will begin with a trip into the wilderness to admire the natural surroundings, with your choice of a guided trip into the forest or a canoe trip in the natural surroundings of Pienniemi. Back on your bicycle, you will soon be in the midst of some of the most beautiful landscapes on your trip from the bridges that cross Lake Lietvesi. You can admire in the scenery while you take a rest or a swim on the sandy beaches of Pistohiekka. Your trip will be complete when you arrive back in Sahanlahti, where the table will be set for dinner in the atmospheric Rantamakasiini warehouse restaurant. During the day, you will cycle 16 km (10 miles)
Day 5. Thanks for the journey! Before you leave, enjoy a peaceful breakfast in Sahanlahti and take in the scenery of Lake Saimaa. Have a nice journey home!
Group size: 2–4 people
Price: from EUR 590 per person
Price includes: Accommodation and breakfast, dinners and lunches/picnics as stated in the programme, bicycles, helmets and maps, guided tour in Lintusalo, ferry to Hurissalo, taiga forest trip or canoe trip.
Extras: Coffee breaks and lunch in Puumala/Niinipuu
Responsible tour operator: www.visitmikkeli.fi