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Lappeenranta, Finland

Guided tours in Lappeenranta and Imatra

A guided tour in Lappeenranta or Imatra region will bring you back in time to experience the interesting history of our region. If you would like to book a guided walking tour or bus tour please contact the tourist information offices. There is no minimum group size so also small groups can easily enjoy the services of our professional and inspiring guides!

Guided walking tours or bus tours can be organised all year round. 

For Imatra region please contact:
Imatra Base Camp
Tel. +358 (0)20 617 7777

For Lappeenranta region please contact:
Saimaa Travel
Central railway station (Matkakeskus)
(Summer office in the harbour area)
Ratakatu 23, 53100 Lappeenranta
Tel. +358 5 541 0100

Guided tours 2018


Personal guide for groups Starting at €110 / hour.

There are several theme excursions as well as tailored group excursions.

For example:
Dragoons and Spa life – On this tour you will hear about history of Finnish dragoons.
From Emperors canal to Kekkonen’s canal– On this tour you will hear about the history of Saimaa Canal from 1800s to present day. Guided tours in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian languages.

Additional information and booking:
Saimaa Travel,
Central railway station of Lappeenranta (Matkakeskus), Ratakatu 23
Tel. +358 5 541 0100
saimaatravel@saimaaatravel.fi, www.saimaatravel.fi

The Bordertown TV-Series WalkingTour

Lappeenranta is the famous Finnish Bordertown, where fictional inspector Sorjonen lives in. You can avail The Bordertown walking tours from the Tourist Info. The tour starts from the IsoKristiina Tourist Info and it takes one hour. The tour takes you to the main shooting locations at the centre.

Additional information and reservations:
Tel. +358 5 667 788, lappeenranta@gosaimaa.com

Riding the street train (the street train is not operating at the moment for the time being)

You can also get familiar with Lappeenranta by touring the city on board a street train. Audio guide is available in the following languages: Finnish, English, German and Russian. The Street Train is the best place to catch the Pokemons lurking around Lappeenranta. Catch them while the train passes through the Old Town and other sights.

The street train is in operation 9.6.-12.8., 18.-19.8., 25.-26.8. and 1.-2.9.
Departure every hour from the Sandcastle, Mon 12 am–5 pm, Tue–Sun 11 am–5 pm.
Prices: adult €5, children €2, family ticket €10 (2 adults + 2 children), day ticket adult €7, children €3.
It´s a hop-on/hop-off service: you can leave the train at any of the stops.

Get to know Lappeenranta Fortress with a mobile App
The app will find your location and guide you to different objects of
the Fortress giving information about them.
To use the app go to tarinasoitin.fi/linnoituskierros/fi.

Raatihuone opening hours
Open: 11.8. 10 am– 3 pm. Live music at 12.


Personal guide for groups Starting at €94 / hour.

Ask more about guided tours from:
imatra@gosaimaa.com, Tel: +358 5 235 2330
info@imatratours.fi, Tel: +358 400 379509

Imatra tour 2 h

The Imatra city bus tour takes you around Imatra with departures from all the main hotels. During the tour you will hear the most interesting stories about the history of Imatra. The tour includes a visit to the historical castle hotel in the city centre of Imatra (Scandic Imatran Valtionhotelli).

Wednesdays, 27 June–29 August
5.30 pm Departure from Imatran Kylpylä Spa
5.40 pm Departure from Holiday Club Saimaa
6.00 pm Tour of the castle hotel Scandic Imatran Valtionhotelli
6.20 pm The tour continues from Scandic Imatran Valtionhotelli
7.30 pm Return to Imatran Kylpylä Spa
7.40 pm Return to Holiday Club Saimaa
7.55 pm Return to Scandic Imatran Valtionhotelli

Tickets from each of the hotel receptions or directly from the guide.
Guidance in English, Russian and Finnish. Cash only on the bus.
adults €18, children €9 (6–14 yrs.)
Inquiries and orders: +358 40 037 9509, info@imatratours.fi
Minimum number of participants is 20. Reservations previous day by 6 pm.

Wuoksi-Wille City Train

Wuoksi-Wille, a nimble city train takes passengers on a fascinating guided tour round Vuoksi river or to Mansikkala’s markets, Imatran Kylpylä Spa and marina.

Wuoksi-Wille is in operation 5 June–31 August (to Ukonniemi until 12 August) Tue–Sun,
not during Midsummer holiday or during Imatranajo racing event 6–8 July

Prices: adults €5, children €3 (6–14 yrs.) and family ticket €15 (2 adults and max. 3 children)
Tickets available on train: all payment modes.


What is the Saimaa Canal?

The first plans to construct a waterway between Lake Saimaa and the Gulf of Finland were put forward as early as 1499 but it was not until at the beginning of the 19th century that plans to build the canal were revived. The building of the Canal began in 1845 and it was opened for traffic on 7 September 1856. The building of the present Canal was begun in 1963, and it was inaugurated in 1968 by the then President of Finland, Dr. Urho Kekkonen.

The total length of the Canal is 43 km, of which 23 km lies on the Finnish side of the border and the remaining 20 km in the section leased from Russia. The difference between the water levels of Lake Saimaa and the Gulf of Finland totals 76 metres, and is offset by means of eight locks. Goods are transported along the Saimaa Canal to various areas in Finland as well as to several countries in Europe.

One way of exploring the Saimaa Canal is to take a boat trip from Lappeenranta to the Mälkiä lock and back. In summer, there is also a daily boat service from Lappeenranta to Vyborg in Russia. The Canal on the Finnish side is open to all free of charge. You can also enjoy a boat trip along the whole length of the Canal, all the way to Vyborg and onward to the Gulf of Finland. Additional information about canal travel is available from the Canal authorities.

At the kiosk by the Mustola lock you can admire the ships and enjoy a cup of coffee. Monuments relating to the history of the canal can be seen at the Mälkiä lock.

Additional tip!
You can also visit the Saimaa Canal Museum

Exhibition with artefacts, photographs and scale models of old ships and of the Mustola and Juustila lock areas in the early 20th century. Exhibition on Suvorov’s canals in an outbuilding. Restored garden dating from the 19th century and a signposted canal path from Mustola to Mälkiä.

Saimaa Canal Museum
Sulkuvartijankatu 16
tel. +358 (0)204 48 3115
Saimaa Canal Museum


Desantti - drama tour, Rautjärvi

Desantti is an unique war historical experience, based on events that have taken place in Rautjärvi during the Continuation War. Desantti is a drama tour where the participants are Russian spies, dropped off in the Finnish troops’ camp. Read more.


Salpalinja fortifications

Salpalinja (in english: Bolt line) forms Finland’s largest line of defence. The building of the fortifications was begun in 1940-41 by order of Marshall Mannerheim, then the Supreme Commander of the Finnish Army. The Salpalinja is made of over 1200 kilometres of reinforced concrete, wood, barbed wire and stone. The reconstructed bunkers in Luumäki, Lemi, Roukolahti and Ylämaa are worth to visit.

You can also book a guided tour on the Salpa-Linja’s  largest completely built bunker for soldiers here.

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