This cycling route takes you to the beautiful sceneries of Suur-Saimaa’s water areas in Imatra and Ruokolahti. The route is a perfect choice for a one or two-day-long bicycle trip.
In addition to archipelago views, the route lets you further discover the city of Imatra and the beautiful church hill of Ruokolahti.
If Imatrankoski (Saimaa Geopark site) is not otherwise a destination in your travel plans, it is worth combining with this route, and at the same time, you can admire the landscapes of Vuoksi - first from the western coast and then from the eastern side when cycling back - this increases the distance of the trip by seven kilometres. The amazing Vuoksi is a key element in the cityscape of Imatra and the outlet of Vuoksi’s water area to Laatokka. Vuoksi was created with enormous force approx. 5,700 years ago, leaving behind a multitude of rapids on its way to Laatokka.
There are severa Saimaa Geopark sites on the route. Saimaa is the biggest lake in Finland and the forth biggest in Europe. On the route you cross over waters on bridges, by ferry and boat, which you must remember to book a day before at latest.
NOTE! It is recommended to bike the route clockwise, even if the route description has been prepared the other way around.
Note! Remember to book boat transfer from Mietinsaari island to Imatra boat harbor the day before, tel.no is +358 400 655 848
Surface material on the route: asphalt, gravel road.
There are about 12 kilometres of gravel roads along this route.
Before setting off, 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 with you. In an emergency, dial 112. Inform the operator of your location and what has happened and listen to their instructions.