It‘s no wonder that Finland is called the ‘land of a thousand lakes‘, because there are so many of them. Lakes and the sea are vital parts of Finnish nature. And what better way to explore the lakes on board of your chartered Linssen motor yacht. Get away from the noise of the cities by relaxing and enjoying the silence on board a Linssen motor yacht. Retreat into your own thoughts or be inspired by the vast clear lakes splintered by islands, narrow strips of land and green headlands.
Lake Saimaa is a labyrinth of blue water and green islands making up the largest lake district in Europe. Due to the number of stretches of open water linked by straits and dotted with islands, it’s hard to believe that Lake Saimaa really is Finland’s largest natural freshwater lake and the fourth largest in Europe.
Savonlinna – Oravi – Kerma – Heinävesi – Karvio – Varistaipale – Monestery – Oravi – Linnansaari – Poronsalmi – Savonlinna
Return Cruise | 1 week28-30 hours | 280 km | 10 locks
Sites include Valamo monastery, splendid canals and locks along the Heinävesi route, Linnansaari National Park, Oravi idyllic village. Joensuu & Koli Route
Savonlinna – Oravi – Savonranta – Joensuu – Pielis river – Koli – Nurmes – Lieksa – Joensuu – Savonlinna
Return Cruise | 2 weeks
55 hours | 540 km | 3 locks
Enjoy the natural surrounding and take time to relax around Lake Pielinen. Koli National Park Koli is Finland’s most beautiful natural attraction. See Pielis river, which is the largest waterway 頀owing into Lake Saimaa and visit Bomba log house. Heinävesi Route
Savonlinna – Linnansaari – varkaus – Leppä-virta – Kuopio – Vehmersalmi – Varistaipale – Kermankoski – Oravi – Savonlinna
Circular tour | 1 week
30 hours |340 km | 6 locks
This route includes the Kolovesi region, characteri-sed by its nature and ancient waterways. Enjoy the Linnansaari National Park and the Konnus canals. The 阀rst of these was completed in 1841. Visit the idyllic village of Oravi. South Saimaa Route Savonlinna – Sulkava – Puumala – Ristiina –Lappeenranta – Imatra – Puumala – Kerimäki – Punkaharju – Savonlinna Circular tour | 2 weeks
50 hours | 520 km | 0 locks
This route includes the village of Sulkava, known for its rowing races. Visit the Puumala archipelago and the Gibraltar passage. Attractions include rock pain-tings from the ancient world. Visit the Lappeenranta commercial centre, the historic Saimaa canal, Imatra rapids and Saimaa spa holiday club. The region also features the world’s largest wooden church, the won-derfully clear lake of Puruvesi, the forest museum, as well as the Punkaharju ridge and water park. There are many pleasant beaches and harbours.
Harri: +35 (0) 8 400 673 055
Tapio: +35 (0) 8 400 796 949
Uwe: +35 (0) 8 40 776 1656 (German Language)
Peter: +35 (0) 8 40 810 9884 (Russian Language)
Team Saimaa Charter: the Niskanen family
SAVONLINNA – LAKE SAIMAA
Lake Saimaa is a breathtakingly beautiful destination for truly unforgettable holidays with an abundance of scenery and shoreline. The stunning natural environment and unique local events attract thousands of visitors each year to enjoy the region‘s hospitality and services. The beautiful varied landscape dotted with islands is a perfect setting for sheltered yachting. Holidaymakers can enjoy the Saimaa region from calm blue waters in summer. Come and experience the world‘s most beautiful lake district - Saimaa!
The region offers a wealth of cultural attractions from the world famous Savonlinna Opera Festival to high-class concerts and intriguing museums and galleries. Holidaymakers will find plenty to do on the sunny shores of Lake Saimaa, as there are many activities and pursuits to be enjoyed. Unique boutiques, idyllic cafes and top-class restaurants, offering a warm and friendly service, add to the unrivalled charm of the Savonlinna region. One of the most popular boating areas on Lake Saimaa is the Linnansaari National Park with 130 islands covering an area close to 40 km2. There are 21 guest marinas in this region, which means that moorings are never far away. Head for the shore whenever you feel you need a rest, a snack or coffee prepared over open fire. And, if you are lucky, you can spot the Saimaa ringed seal, which is among the world’s most threatened seal species!
In addition to the Linnansaari National Park, there are more than 200 other guest marinas, so you can easily plan your trip. And, as we are in Finland, many of these have a traditional Finnish sauna which you can enjoy and then dip into the crystal clear water of the lake.
The Saimaa region is situated in South-East Finland and is part of South Savo (Etelä-Savo). The Savonlinna area represents Finnish holiday scenery at its best and extends as far as Varkaus in the west, Joensuu in the east, Kuopio in the north and Lappeenranta in the south. Its entire area is 1,700 km2 and has 13,700 km of shoreline, including the islands. If you want to explore the Savonlinna area as skipper of your own boat, you will find wonderful waterways and marinas pulsating with the local joie de vivre.
When travelling, there are many marinas and natural harbours. You can stay one or two nights on almost every island. The boats are equipped with excellent charts and a list of marinas where you can find good mooring locations. The town of Savonlinna and its surroundings is one of the most popular holiday regions in Finland. The vibrant region amid the scenic lake district of Saimaa offers a perfect setting for a cultural, spa, beach or boating holiday – or for a combination of the four. Escape the everyday hustle and bustle and relax on your yacht at the quayside by the market place and pavement terraces of the lively summer town, or take a cruise to a relaxing cove and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.
The Savonlinna region provides an excellent opportunity to explore the area by boat. National parks, nature harbours and the coves of the archipelago are close to the town. Visit isolated islands that cannot be reached by a large cruise ship. You may also rent a boat with a guide to help you to explore the archipelago safely.
We are offering the advantages of boating without having to purchase your own boat. Saimaa Charter Ltd has been in the charter business since 1978. Our family-owned business is based in Savonlinna, at the very heart of the magnificent Lake Saimaa region. We are one of the oldest boating businesses in Finland. We provide well-equipped and properly inspected boats. Just arrive at the landing stage and you’re ready to go. Enjoy your holiday and we‘ll do the rest.
Our boating holiday team look forward to welcoming you to Lake Saimaa!
Lake Saimaa was included in the Top 5 Great Lakes Around the World by the Wall Street Journal.
Cruising in Finland
Every year, more and more boats with foreign flags are visiting Finland. Many of them are touring the Baltic. Some are just cruising around the Finnish coastline and enjoying the thousands of islands. Finland has a relatively long coastline. It extends from the Swedish border at Tornio at the most northerly point of the Gulf of Bothnia to the Russian border at the eastern point of the Gulf of Finland. The Åland Islands lie fifty miles off the south-west corner of the mainland.
The south-western archipelago and the Åland Islands together form the Archipelago Sea. With over 40,000 islands, it is the largest archipelago in Europe and one of the largest in the world. These sheltered waters are a real cruising paradise.
From Maasbracht to Lake Saimaa
Matti Pitkänen bought his Linssen Grand Sturdy 34.9 AC “TUR 35” via the Linssen dealer Proficon, and decided to collect it from the Dutch yard and sail it home himself. The yacht left Maasbracht on 12 May 2014 and was taken by lorry to Heiligenhafen on the north German coast, where it was launched on 14 May. Next day we stocked up with the necessary stores and the trip could really begin. We left at about noon on 15 May, passing under the Fehmarn Sound Bridge shortly after. There was a gentle north-westerly breeze, which dropped even more, so that the rest of our voyage across the Baltic Sea was under clear blue skies. It was wonderful to watch the porpoises swimming right next to us in the clear water.