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“Gateway to Russia”
Review of Saimaa Canal

Saimaa Canal
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

Possibility to make nonvisa travell to Russia. See the Old Finnish town Viipuri. TAka a combo boat/bus from Lappeenranta

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Reviewed October 17, 2012

There is couple different boat operators leaving from Lappeenranta port, there is not huge difference, just price and time schedules. Other boat is just little bigger. The canal has big impact of the industry and therefore living in southern carelia area, mostly Lappeenranta. It is still in use. If you are lucky, you might see a glimpse of ringed seal which is rare.

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Reviewed September 30, 2012

At Saimaa Canal it is possible to make a short trip, which will take place just behind the first lock and the return trip along the same route. Height difference is dazzling: when approaching the canal I saw the water behind the lock; it was unbelievable that after a while we would be down there. The difference across the lock is about 10 meters. If you suffer from claustrophobia, high canal wall on both sides of the boat all that time the water is running off, may seem unpleasant. A short round behind the first lock, however, gives a good idea of ​​how the trip would continue until Vyborg, behind the border.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

It's a very nice for a bike trip to and from the russian border. Or take a cruise from Lappeenranta harbour for just 14 eur.

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Reviewed July 24, 2012

a bit long (5.5 hours to Vyborg), but pleasant - entertaining musician, nice views along the way (lake, 8 locks, etc.)

Thank MISProfessor
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