Needless to say, Lake Saimaa and border cities of Lappeenranta and Imatra offers excellent surroundings for cycling trip. The cities of Lappeenranta and Imatra are border towns where the close connections to Russia is visible both in the history of the region and also in today's life. The towns are also located on the shore of Lake Saimaa, offering many things to see and many alternative accommodations for your stay.
There are two alternative cycling routes for the cyclist between the cities: the border cycling route leads to peaceful countryside near the Russian border, along this route there is also an exciting 20 km road on the Saimaa Canal.
In the other direction, you should cycle near the Saimaa coastline, where you can admire the activities of marinas and enjoy the services or enjoy the swim in the clear water of Lake Saimaa.
Target groups: active, adventurous and occasional cyclists
The cycling route runs along a dirt road next to the canal and in the vicinity of the border
Surface material on the route: asphalt, gravel road. There are about 30 kilometres of gravel roads along this route.
Before the excursion, it is advisable to check the weather forecast. Always wear clothes to suit the weather. It is recommended that you take first aid equipment, rainwear, a spare set of clothes, as well as enough drinks and snacks with you.
In an emergency, dial the number 112. Report your location, what has happened and listen to the instructions.
Tips, hints and linksThere is a lot to see and do in the both cities, so it's recommended to spend more than one day/night in those.
Imatra Travel Center, address: Koskikatu 1, 55120 Imatra.
Lappeenranta Travel Center, address: Ratakatu 23, 53100 Lappeenranta.
There are free parking spots in Imatra Travel Center.
In the area of Lappeenranta Travel Center, there are paid parking spaces for longer early parking, as well as free parking spaces for temporary parking.