This tour will take you to the heart of Finnish Lakeland area, where you can explore true Finnish local tastes and see world’s first-class cultural events and concerts. Along the tour you will be accommodated in charming hotels, enjoy local fresh-made delicacies and see Lake Saimaa true nature. In July one of the greatest music events in the world will take place in Mikkeli – Gergiev Music Festival leaded by Mariinski Theatre director and conductor Valery Gergiev. 
Day 1.
Discover local villages on the shore of Lake Saimaa – Puumala and Anttola. 
Puumala village is a great start for your trip in Mikkeli region. This small village is surrounded by Lake Saimaa and there you can truly feel the local lifestyle. Try out old steamship cruise from Puumala harbor on a nice summer day, explore the old heritage farm Liehtalanniemi and sense 20th century atmosphere. After that you can taste traditional Finnish berry wines at Ollinmäki wine farm. 

Gergiev Music Festival

Maestro Valery Gergiev brings the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and top Russian soloists to Mikkeli.

Ollinmäki wine farm

Finnish berry and fruit wines, ciders and liquors can be tasted on the spot or purchased as a gift.

S/S Wenno

Wenno (aka Vetehinen) was built in 1907 and is still fully operational.

Liehtalanniemi museum farm

Farm house museum, nature conservation area, nature trail and a guest pier.

Day 2.
Continue to the heart of South-Savo province, city of Mikkeli. In Mikkeli you can visit the oldest wooden vicarage in Finland – Kenkävero. Mikkeli market square is also worth a visit, there you can buy products directly from the farmers and taste the most popular dishes in region made of small fish “Muikku” (vendace). In the region, you will find one of the Finland´s biggest summertime cultural events – Art Centre Salmela. If you continue your trip to Savonlinna, remember to visit one of the oldest operating mills in Finland -  Rapio Mill in Juva.


Art Centre Salmela

Art Centre Salmela is one of Finland’s biggest summertime cultural events.

Mikkeli market place

At the market you can enjoy the lively atmosphere and diverse offerings.

Rapio mill

Rapio Mill is an interesting part of Finnish mill tradition. Diverse buildings and the location of the mill next to the foamy Rapids of Rapio create a unique setting.


Our temporary arts and crafts exhibitions feature products by the best artists, techniques and materials on a given theme. They always present stimulating, inspiring new ideas, along with traditional crafts.

Local food restaurants in Mikkeli region
Fresh local food is one of the specialties of Mikkeli. The surrounding nature provides berries, mushrooms, fish, herbs, honey… not to mention locally produced meat, dairy products, and breads. Bistro Vilee's kitchen is based on the locally produced seasonal, fresh and high quality ingredients, clean flavors, and handwork. Sahanlahti is famous in Finland for its tasty local food. They use seasonal ingredients and do everything with feeling and skill. Built in a stone cow-house in the Okkola courtyard, Restaurant Niinipuu serves local food. Depending on the season and the catch, the menu may include delicacies like vendace caught in the previous night or chanterelles picked by the host himself. At Tertti Manor long traditions combined with new innovations and self-grown products guarantee the international level food experience.


Restaurant Koskivahti

Restaurant Koskivahti offers delicious a la carte food and lunch with an outstanding lake view. Koskivahti is suitable for 120 persons and its famous terrace has room for 100 persons.

Anttolanhovi Restaurant

The basic ingredients used in the Anttolanhovi restaurants are always purchased directly from local producers.

Tertti Manor

Tertti Manor is a functioning farm, a heaven for gastronomes and a cosy manor hotel located by the highway 5.

Mikkeli Marketplace

With warm and casual atmosphere, Mikkeli Marketplace offers pure seasonal tastes from fresh and high quality products

Especially for this trip we recommend these cozy and high-quality accommodations in a beautiful milieu. Sahanlahti Resort is located on the shore of Lake Saimaa, where you can stay in a cozy beach hotel or small newly renovated cottages. Tertti Manor has six guestrooms at the manor milieu.


Art&Design Villas

In the Art&Design Villas you can enjoy privacy, peace and all the best of villa-living: lakeside nature, own sauna, open fireplace – and services at a hotel standard.

Tertti Manor

Our five cosy guest rooms are available for guests all year round. Rooms are located in the guest house and furnished with antique furniture and all conveniences.


The scenic holiday resort Sahanlahti is located by Lake Saimaa, only 45-minute drive from Mikkeli. In Sahanlahti you will spend a relaxed holiday, enjoy first-class dining experiences or organize a memorable party in historically valuable and unique sawmill surroundings.

More information and reservations:
Maaherrankatu 22, 50100 Mikkeli, Finland 


Explore Lakeland area

Imatra & Lappeenranta

What to see and do in Imatra & Lappenranta regions


Facts about Saimaa


What to see and do in Savonlinna region