The secrets of Saimaa
The gems of the Secrets of Lake Saimaa cultural travel package will no longer remain secrets when you head to Lappeenranta and Imatra region for a discovery trip. The skills of different cultural operators are presented by exploring the cultural and natural sites of the region, combining local heritage and history with tourism services.
The region of Lappeenranta and Imatra offers vibrant experiences, diverse culture and fun all year round. Enjoy cultural, theatrical, musical and sports events, taste local specialities and admire the natural and cultural treasures of Lake Saimaa in the magnificent sites of the Saimaa UNESCO Global Geopark around the region.
A good night’s sleep in B & B Hiitolanjoki
Our unique accommodation facility is located two kilometres from Road 6 while still being close to the peace of the wilderness. We offer high-quality but affordable accommodation with Karelian hospitality all year round. Here you can wash off the dust from your trip in the riverside sauna, take a dip in the river to refresh yourself, and wake up to the smell of fresh bread rolls. Our rooms are suitable for single travellers, couples and families. Pets are also welcome. Read more
Meet the mysterious bear
The bear is certainly a familiar creature to us all, but few have encountered it in the wild. Throughout the ages, all kinds of stories have been told about the bear, and because of this, the bear has been both a feared and a worshipped creature. Would you like to explore the mythology of the bear? In the story-based mystical bear experience, you will be guided through bear mythology with the help of stories, pictures and drama. Read more
Welcome to a sound journey to Pirunkirkko
You will be enchanted by the cave, hear the ancient hum of the drum amplified by the cave walls, relax to the sound of the singing bowls, and hear the beautiful call of the kantele and the song. A sound journey in a cave is a unique experience where all the elements of nature are present. Here you can surrender to being and throw yourself into the nurturing arms of nature. Read more
Black and White Theatre
The Black and White Theatre produces modern, versatile, experimental and bold theatre, and the theatre’s own productions have been performed widely around the world. In Imatra, we organise the annual international Black and White Theatre Festival. The soul and “primus motor” of the theatre is film and theatre director Kamran Shahmardan, who moved from Azerbaijan to the small town in the early 2000s, and whose temperamental artistic nature has managed to adapt to the slightly cooler Nordic atmosphere here in Finland. Read more
RETUPERÄ RELOAD – always more wow
The versatile health effects of the forest are talked about a lot, so would now be the time for you to experience them personally? Or would you like to laugh with tears in your eyes and feel the rush of feel-good hormones? With my guidance, you can safely enjoy the magical power of South Karelian nature, recharge your batteries with well-being, and lower your stress levels. My company, Retuperä Reload, offers nature tours, laughter yoga and event production. Read more
RIB Cruises and trips in Saimaa
On RIB SAIMAA’s boat ride, you can explore Saimaa’s spectacular sights safely and, if you like, with some speed. We customise charter trips to Saimaa. Our operating area covers Lappeenranta, Imatra, Puumala and Savonlinna. We organise canal cruises on which you get to explore, among other things, the military canals of General Suvorov aboard RIB SAIMAA. Canal cruises in Kukonharju, Käyhkää and Telataipale are a wonderful experience. Read more
Return to natureThe Finnish Forest Therapy Centre introduces the Finnish forest and provides a forest therapy experience for all forest visitors. We organise restorative and relaxing activities in a natural environment for various groups, companies and communities. Pausing, human encounters and proximity to nature are the basis of the well-being moments at the Forest Therapy Centre. The activities focus on nature and well-being themes and promote the recovery of body and mind, giving new perspectives on personal well-being. Read more
Suvorov Band is musical theatre in the form of a street band. The band’s stories are centred around Generalissimo Aleksandr Suvorov (Rus.), who lived in the 18th century, and the history of Old Finland (now the region of Southeast Finland). Whatever one expects from a historical musical theatre performance, Suvorov Band probably is not that. Read more
Vuoksi Fishing Park - an oasis in the middle of the city
Vuoksi Fishing Park is a third-generation family business in Varpasaari. Varpasaari is, true to its name, a toe-shaped promontory surrounded by Vuoksi, near the centre of Imatra. Vuoksi Fishing Park has perfect transportation connections around Imatra. Our operations are summer-focused, and the season is from 1 May to 30 September. Our campsite operates year-round, and the restaurant Wanha Virveli also serves out of season. Read more
The project is partially financed by the Ministry of Education and Culture.