Mikkeli – St. Michel – City of Manors and Gardens in the Lake Saimaa Region

Mikkeli is a quaint, historical city situated on the shores of the fourth largest lake in Europe, Lake Saimaa. Only 2,5 hours away from Helsinki, Mikkeli is also easily reachable by public transport. In Mikkeli, you will find the perfect mix of nature experiences and local life.

Visit historical Astuvansalmi rock paintings or hike up Neitvuori mountain for stunning lakeland views. Take a breather in the city’s many urban parks - or if you want action, try stand up paddling and canoening or cross-country skiing and tour skating on natural ice just a few minutes away from the city centre.

Mikkeli in a nutshell

Check out what Mikkeli is all about

Charming gardens

Explore the beautiful gardens in Mikkeli region

You can taste it´s local

Organic, local and fresh are the key points for food in Mikkeli region


Enjoy your holiday in traditional islander's waterways of Lake Saimaa.

Charms of Saimaa

Most attractive high-standard holiday destinations in the Mikkeli and Savonlinna Regions.


Lake Saimaa, the fourth largest lake in Europe, is situated in Eastern Finland. For anglers, the extensive water body and its thousands of islands and islets represent an unlimited number of fishing grounds.

Holiday Villas

Mikkeli Region is one of the biggest holiday villa regions in the whole Finland, and many from both near and far have found the enchantment of the Lakeland something they come back to every year

Cruises on lake Saimaa

Enjoy the refreshing breezes with a cruise across the beautiful waters – feel the wind in your hair and the sun on your face while feasting your eyes on the blue waves and unforgettable scenery of Lake Saimaa.

Astuvansalmi Rock Paintings

The national shrine, Astuvansalmi, is one of the biggest rock painting sites in the Nordic countries. The paintings are on steep bedrock appdoximately 10 metres above the current water level.

Interested in war history?

Check Headquarters Museum in Mikkeli

Helsinki & Finnish Lakeland Routes

4 round trips designed for seeing the best of Lakeland Finland.



Enjoy the heat of real Finnish sauna in our region

Recommendations for your holiday

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See Ville Haapasalo's adventures in South Savo

Part 1: Miekankoski

Subtitles are available in English and Russian

Part 2: Ollinmäki Vineyard

Subtitles are available in English and Russian

Part 3: Sahanlahti and Puumala

Subtitles are available in English and Russian

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