The Saimaa Archipelago Route is a traditional popular cycling tour in the southern Saimaa region. On the route you can explore the sights of the cities of Lappeenranta and Imatra, as well as three attractive smaller centres: Taipalsaari, Ruokolahti and Joutseno.The route offers several Saimaa Geopark destinations. Specially for geology enthusiastics cycling along the vast marginal formations of Salpausselkä, shaped by the continent. The first Salpausselkä can be seen from Imatra to Lappeenranta and the Second Salpausselkä in Kyläniemi and Utula, Ruokolahti.
There is a ferry transport on the route, which must be booked in advance. You can do it here.
There are different types of accommodation in cities, with reservations on the countryside for small local accommodation companies before making a trip.
When the bikeferry is not on the run, here's a list of boat transportation service providers :
TK-Fishing +358 400 886 903 (max 5)
BlueSaimaa +358 40 735 4021 (max 10)
TaigaSaimaa +358 45 863 6024 (max 4)
Surface material on the route: asphalt, gravel road.
The route has gravel road sections between Sarviniemi and Taipalsaari. There are a total of about 7 km of gravel roads on the 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 links
It is possible to take a different route from Kyläniemi and alternatively order boat transportation to the north, to Puumala’s Lintusalo, where there are tourist services. From Lintusalo, you can continue the journey towards the parish of Puumala, where the bicycle routes continue with different themes.
Boat transportation from Lintusalo’s Nestorinranta to different location
+358 (0)40 510 6208 (Nestorinranta / max 4 cyclists)
Bicycle ferry Norppa II runs daily between Lintusalosaari and Hurissalo.
+358 (0)50 308 3004 (according to schedule / max 10 cyclists)
NOTE! All transportation must be booked and confirmed no later than during the previous day.
Lappeenranta Harbor, address: Satamatie 11, 53900 Lappeenranta.
Imatra center, address: Imatrankoskentie, 55610 Imatra.
There are free parking spaces in Lappeenranta Harbor, close to the Sand Castle.
There are also parking spaces in the center of Imatra, some of which are chargeable.
EquipmentIt would be advisable to include EA equipment, rainwear, spare clothing, and enough snacks and drinks.
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