Why visit Finnish Lakeland?

Reconnect with nature

With endless forests, intriguing wildlife, and natural lakes, Finnish Lakeland is a nature-lovers paradise!

Known as ‘the land of a thousand lakes’, there’s plenty of space for you to reconnect with yourself and loved ones, away from the pressures of the modern world. With national parks, waterfalls, woodland, and farms – there are plenty of activities to help you get some much-needed fresh air therapy in this enchanting land.

Speed up

From cruises, fishing, swimming, paddle-boarding and kayaking in the summer, to ice-skating on frozen lakes during the winter months – you won’t be bored! The lakes are so diverse and offer a range of year-round activities to suit all tastes and abilities.

With busier cities nearby, you can get some retail therapy too. Or why not sightsee on a guided tour to local attractions?

Slow down

With saunas, natural surroundings, and delicious cuisine, there will be plenty of time to relax and unwind. Embrace the Finnish way of life and appreciate life’s simple pleasures. Take a refreshing dip in a nearby lake and warm up in a traditional sauna after. The Lakeland region is full of local delicacies that you can enjoy too, whilst being surrounded by Finnish countryside.

Meet Eeva, guide for Finland

“From June through to August, Finnish Lakeland is a beautiful destination for a summer holiday. Different seasons offer different activities – and each season brings a new perspective.

You can do a city break and still enjoy nature, with some of the lakes being just a five-minute drive from bigger cities. The lakes are also easily reachable by car from Helsinki airport.

There’s plenty of time for relaxation too! I’d recommend immersing yourself in the culture and local experiences.”

Things to do

Go on a cruise around Lake Saimaa
Kayak on the lake in Lahti
Hike around the many beautiful forests

Stay at our resorts

Holiday Club Ellivuori Ellivuori, Finland

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Laukaan Pitkäniemi III Äijälä, Finland

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Holiday Club Tampereen Tampere, Finland

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Insider tips

What are some local delicacies to try in Finnish Lakeland?

Depending on the time of year you visit, the strawberries in the Lakeland region are a must-try. Some local dishes include munkki (doughnuts), and kalakukko (a crust made of rye and usually stuffed with fish and pork).

Which airport is best to fly into?

Lappeenranta Airport is located in the heart of the Finnish Lake area - offering easy and quick access to some of our self-catering apartments. There are also airports in Tampere, Jyväskylä, Savonlinna, Joensuu, Kuopio and Kajaani.

Why is Finland called ‘the land of a thousand lakes’?

There are nearly 200,000 lakes in Finland – both big and small! Did you know that most of Finland's large lakes were formed during the Ice Age?

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