The route begins at the centre of Lappeenranta, where the roots of nearby Rakuunamäki date back by over one hundred years. It was built as the garrison of the Finnish dragoon in 1889. Even older than Rakuunamäki is Lappeenranta Fortress - a part of the fortress chain built by the Russians at the end of the 1700s to protect St. Petersburg. The fortress’s museums, restaurants, cafes, events and boutiques entice visitors.
Fast food from Lappeenranta, vety and atomi meat pies, is available at market squares and harbour markets, and at the latter, you can also buy delicious treats from the Martha waffle stand. The sellers will be happy to tell you about the differences between vety and atomi meat pies.
The construction of the Salpa line at the eastern border of Finland was started after the Winter War. The project is still considered to be one of Finland's history’s largest construction sites.
Target groups: active cyclists, adventurous cyclists
Surface material on the route: asphalt, gravel road.
There are about 14 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.