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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 Tourist Guides
tel. +358 50 354 5071

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

Guided tours


Personal guide for groups 

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

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.

Lappeenranta street train tours during summer

The Lappeenranta street train takes you through the city and harbour area. The train departs from the Sandcastle. For the timetable and prices, click here >>


Ask more about guided tours from:
imatranmatkailuoppaat@gmail.com, tel: +358 50 354 5071
info@imatratours.fi, tel: +358 400 379509

The street train tours can be booked from the tourist information office: imatra@gosaimaa.com.


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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