Your holiday would not be complete without tasting "Särä" made in Lemi: it truly is one of Finland's seven wonders! "Särä" is a traditional mutton dish, prepared in a wooden trough and served by arrangement in Säräpirtti at Restaurant Kippurasarvi and in the restaurant of the local History Museum - so don't go home without eating your fill! In summer, Lemi pampers art lovers with exhibitions, dance, music and childrens culture.
The Salpausselkä Ridge and Lakes Saimaa and Kivijärvi represent the heart of the whole body of Lemis' natural beauty, the total length of shore line extending to a remarkable 240 km. And the past is very much alive in Lemi with rock paintings dating from pre-historic times and giants' cauldrons on the hilltops. Ridges, gorges and hilltops of great natural beauty offer an ideal setting for outdoor life and hiking.
At Lake Lahnajärvi, for example, by which the village nestles, there is a lovely 9 km footpath which follows the contours of the lake. And if you are interested in history, why not explore the fascinating Independence Path which provides a number of intriguing insights into Finlands' past.
For a totally different experience, discover the serenity of the architecturally intriguing Lemi Church completed in 1786 and notable for its cruciform design and its great arch in the shape of a clover leaf. Here, the congregation has been attending services for over a hundred years and hymns are still sung in four-part format.