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Saimaa

Saimaa cruises

Cruising with m/s Brahe is a great way to enjoy the magnificent labyrinth of islands at Lake Saimaa.

Lake Saimaa is an area with more than 120 lakes and 14,000 islands forming a huge mosaic of blue waters and green nature.

M/s Brahe sails under the Finnish flag and has a Finnish staff. Our regular route cruises run from June to August. These cruises take you from Hamina via the Saimaa Canal to Lake Saimaa. At Lake Saimaa you can choose different types of cruises between Lappeenranta and Savonlinna.

M/S Brahe takes you also visa-free from Hamina to Vyborg, Russia. Read more information here.

Our route cruises are completed by interesting theme cruises and you can also book m/s Brahe for a charter cruise.

Take a cruise from Puumala to Lappeenranta on board m/s Brahe! See video here.
See m/s Brahe presentation video here.

More information about cruises from different cities you can find by clicking the links above.

Reservations and inquiries: Please call +358 5 5410 100 or e-mail saimaatravel(at)saimaatravel.fi
 

Saimaa cruises

Discounts for children

Children aged 2-15 years get 35% discount from the adult price on two or three day cruises. Children aged under 2 years travel free if they accommodate in the same berth with the parent.

On one day cruises discount for children aged 4-15 years is 50%, children aged under 4 years pay €15 / person.

 

 

Lake Saimaa

Lake Saimaa

Lake Saimaa is the largest lake in Finland and the fourth largest lake in Europe with more than 120 lakes and 14,000 islands forming a huge mosaic of blue waters and green nature. The total area of the lake is 4,460 km2 the average depth of the lake is 17 m and the total length of the shoreline 14850 km.

The Saimaa Canal from Lappeenranta to Vyborg, Russia, connects Lake Saimaa to the Gulf of Finland. Other canals connect Saimaa to smaller lakes in Eastern Finland and form a network of waterways.

One of the rare and endangered freshwater seals - the Saimaa Ringed Seal, lives on at Lake Saimaa. Also, the Saimaa salmon is another endangered species in the same habitat.

Take advantage of 25% discount

Gather together a group of 3-4 friends! Passengers staying in upper berths get a 25% discount of the basic price.

 

The Saimaa Canal

The Saimaa Canal

The Saimaa Canal was built from 1845 to 1856 and opened for traffic in 1856. The canal was built between the cities of Lappeenranta and Viipuri (now Vyborg, Russia), both of them then in the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland in the Russian Empire.

In the Moscow Peace Treaty of 1940, the Karelian Isthmus and the city of Vyborg were ceded to the Soviet Union, thus effectively splitting the canal in half and ending all traffic.

Following a treaty agreement in 1963, Russia leased the Russian section of the canal area to Finland for fifty years. Negotiations in 2008 agreed upon an extension of 50 years in 2013. A new deeper canal was constructed by the Finns and opened for traffic in 1968. The length of the canal itself is 43 km.

There is a height difference of 76 m between the levels of the Gulf of Finland and Lake Saimaa. There are 8 locks in the canal to level this difference.


 

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