Finland has over 188 000 lakes and around 180 000 islands, many located in the Saimaa lakeland area. The Saimaa lakeland area is a blue labyrinth of lakes, islands, rivers and canals, interspersed with forests and ridges. The Saimaa area is full of beautiful scenery and roads which enables us to build an amazing route for the Saimaa Cycle Tour.
The Saimaa Cycle Tour route has been designed by three-time Elite road cycling Finnish Champion Juho Suikkari. The route is based on his former training routes.
Saimaa Cycle Tour 290 km
In 2022, both the start and the finish will be located at the Imatrankoski bridge which crosses the Imatra rapids, the very first tourist destination in Finland. The route departs west towards Lappeenranta where you will ride through the Lappeenranta harbour area, and the first service point will be situated by the giant sandcastle next to the Lappeenranta fortress.
From Lappeenranta the route continues over roads surrounded by lakes to Taipalsaari and Savitaipale. Many roads are esker roads and offer beautiful views before entering the vast forest areas. The route will turn South East just before the Mikkeli city center and you can relax at the route's furthest service point before continuing towards Puumala. On your way to Puumala you will ride over rolling hills and by the numerous lakes. The highlight of the whole route will be the Lietvesi area before Pistohiekka beach where you will ride through a picturesque road which twists in the middle of the lake from island to island.
After you have crossed the Puumala bridge you will ride through the rolling hills to the town of Ruokolahti. At Ruokolahti you will climb a church hill where you will find the last service point before turning back towards Imatra for the final stretch to the finish line.
The entire 290 kilometer route is driven along an asphalt road. There will be eighth service points of which two offer a warm meal. All service points will also offer technical assistance, massage and first aid services.
- 46 km Lappeenrannan harbour / Sandcastle
- 88 km Municipality of Savitaipale
- 117 km Suomenniemi rest stop / Salmenranta (includes a warm meal)
- 158 km Mikkeli / Kirkonvarkaus bridge
- 186 km Väätämönsalmi rest stop
- 217 km Puumala / Sahanlahti resort (includes a warm meal)
- 243 km Puumala / Old province border
- 275 km Ruokolahti - Church Hill
- 290 km Finnish - Imatra rapids
Fast Stop service points for groups will be announced later.