Travels in Finland and abroad

November 6, 2019

Summer city / Ciudad de verano / Ville d’été / Cidade de verão

In English:

Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta lives in summer. It offers for visitors two main sights: Lake Cruises and Sand Sculptures, which can be admired all summer long. Lake cruises are very popular and one cruise specialty is Visa-free cruises to Russia. Lappeenranta has about 73000 residents.

The town of Lappeenranta is situated by the lake Saimaa, which is the fourth largest lake in Europe The distance from Helsinki to Lappeenranta is 223 kilometers / 139 miles to the East. In addition to those two sights, there is the old fortress of Lappeenranta. I spent three months in this town when I attended my non-commissioned officer training there. Nowadays it is also international University City.

En español:

Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta vive en verano. La ciudad ofrece para los visitantes dos principales intereses: Cruceros por lagos y las esculturas de arena, que se pueden admirar durante todo el verano. Cruceros por el lago son muy populares y una especialidad de cruceros es el cucero sin visado a Rusia. Lappeenranta tiene cerca de 73.000 habitantes.

La ciudad de Lappeenranta se encuentra a costa del lago Saimaa, que es el lago cuarto más grande de Europa La distancia desde Helsinki a Lappeenranta es 223 kilometros / 139 millas al este. Además de esos dos atracciones, hay la antigua fortaleza de Lappeenranta. Pasé tres meses en esta ciudad cuando asistí a mi formación suboficial allí. Hoy en día también es la ciudad universitaria internacional.

En francais:

Lappeenranta

Lappeenranta vit en été. Elle offre aux visiteurs deux principaux activités touristiques: croisières sur les lacs et sculptures de sable, qui peuvent être admirées tout l’été. Les croisières sur le lac sont très populaires et une spécialité de croisière est de faire des croisières sans visa vers la Russie. Lappeenranta compte environ 73000 habitants.

La ville de Lappeenranta est situé au bord du lac Saimaa, qui est le quatrième plus grand lac d’Europe La distance de Helsinki à Lappeenranta est 223 km / 139 miles à l’Est. En plus de ces deux activités touristiques, il y a la vieille forteresse de Lappeenranta. J’y ai passé trois mois dans cette ville quand je assisté à ma formation de Sous-officier là .Aujourd’hui, elle est une ville universitaire internationale.

Em Português:

Lappeenranta

O Lappeenranta vive no verão. Ele oferece para os visitantes duas atracções turísticas: Os cruzeiros no lago e as esculturas de areia, que pode ser visto durante todo o verão. Os cruzeiros no lago são muito populares e um cruzeiro especial é o cruzeiro sem visto para a Rússia. Lappeenranta tem cerca de 73 mil moradores.

A cidade de Lappeenranta está situado à beira no lago Saimaa, que é o quarto maior lago da Europa. A distância de Helsínquia para Lappeenranta é 223 quilômetros / 139 milhas ao leste. Além dessas duas atracções turísticas, existe a antiga fortaleza de Lappeenranta. Passei três meses nesta cidade quando eu assisti a minha formação não-comissionado oficial lá. Hoje em dia é a cidade universitária internacional.

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Bar for dogs! / ¡Bar para los perros! / Bar pour les chiens! / Bar para cães!

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56 Comments »

  1. It looks so pretty. I would enjoy an afternoon cruising on the lake.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — November 6, 2019 @ 07:50 | Reply

    • Hello Carol.

      Cruises on our lakes are enjoyable. There is no hurry, beautiful landscapes, people on shore and Saunas everywhere. Best time for a cruise is mid-summer. In the south, nights are short, but in the north, there are white nights, meaning sun never sets.

      Here is an example of our mid-summer evening cruise in mid-Finland. There you can see our Midsummer Bonfire burning on shores:

      Midsummer cruise

      Welcome some summer to make a lake cruise!

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2019 @ 08:05 | Reply

  2. Hello Mr. Matti,
    These are beautiful views of the town in summer! I can imagine how pleasant and peaceful it must be 🙂
    In Japan, autumn is here, and the weather has turned cold. I dream of next summer.
    All best wishes to you and your wife!

    Comment by T Ibara Photo — November 6, 2019 @ 09:27 | Reply

    • Hello Takami.

      My photos are not from this summer. 🙂 I am glad that you left your comment and loved my photos. Thank you.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2019 @ 09:38 | Reply

  3. Thanks for these memories. Lappeenranta was a highlight during our travels in Finland.

    Comment by leggypeggy — November 6, 2019 @ 09:48 | Reply

    • Hello Peggy.

      I think that I remember your visit to Lappeenranta. My next post, after two weeks, will show this summer’s sand sculptures. Thank you commenting.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2019 @ 09:53 | Reply

      • I look forward to that post. Our visit was just a week or two before the sand sculptures.

        Comment by leggypeggy — November 6, 2019 @ 09:55 | Reply

        • Thank you. Did you check, if some of my sand sculpture posts were from that year when your you visited here? As you noticed I have made many posts during the years. 🙂

          Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2019 @ 10:01 | Reply

  4. It definitely has the holiday vibe. I could be very happy there, bobbing about amongst the boats. 🙂 🙂

    Comment by restlessjo — November 6, 2019 @ 10:08 | Reply

    • Hello Johanna.

      I am glad for your visit and love your comment. Thank you.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2019 @ 10:25 | Reply

  5. Muchas gracias por compartir tus viajes y darnos a conocer ciudades tan bonitas como Lappeenranta.
    Feliz día y un gran abrazo, Matti.

    Comment by Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós — November 6, 2019 @ 11:32 | Reply

    • Hola Isabel.

      Me alegra saber que te han gustado la entrada, muchas gracias. Lappeenranta es “famosa” por sus esculturas de arena. La siguiente publicación muestra las estatuas de este año.

      Un abrazo y ¡buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2019 @ 13:08 | Reply

  6. Hello. It seems to have a wonderful summer on a lovely lake.Have a good day!

    Comment by wakasahs15th — November 6, 2019 @ 12:06 | Reply

    • Hello wakasahs15th.

      This lake is big. It has many towns around it, like Mikkeli, Joensuu, Imatra, Savonlinna and Varkaus. Finland’s largest lake and Europe’s fourth largest lake. Thank you commenting.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2019 @ 13:18 | Reply

  7. A very lovely city, that has been through a lot! love those bicycle buggies. One question.. the statue… who is the soldier on the horse? Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Deb — November 6, 2019 @ 14:16 | Reply

    • Hello Deb.

      I think that the statue represents a typical dragon. The dragon was a soldier who fought on foot but moved on horseback. Thank you commenting. In Lappeenranta there was a dragon school. Thank you commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 6, 2019 @ 14:27 | Reply

  8. Pretty town, great pictures. Thanks for the tour. M 🙂

    Comment by mvschulze — November 6, 2019 @ 14:46 | Reply

    • Hello mvschulze.

      I am glad that you left your kind comment. Thank you.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2019 @ 07:37 | Reply

  9. This is a beautiful city. I really enjoyed the views of the lake and the boats, although the tricycles in your first photo are colorful. I think that would be a fun way to get around the city and enjoy the views.

    Comment by seniorhiker — November 6, 2019 @ 17:16 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      We love water and, in this case, it means lake. Its sand sculptures and lake cruises invite visitors to visit it in summer. Thank you commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2019 @ 07:49 | Reply

  10. Bonjour Matti, coup de coeur pour Heidi, Lepparvita.
    Une bien jolie ville où il doit faire bon se balader et s’asseoir en terrasse !
    Bises et bonne soirée.

    Comment by Marion B. — November 6, 2019 @ 18:03 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marion.

      Merci de commenter. J’ai attendu que tu aimes les vieux navires. J’ai vérifié tous mes messages contenant des bateaux de lac et j’ai trouvé un message que vous n’avez pas encore vu:

      Bateaux à vapeur visitent à Mikkeli

      Peut-être que vous l’aime.

      Bises et bonne journée à vous.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2019 @ 08:09 | Reply

  11. Lovely photo story!

    Comment by Dina — November 6, 2019 @ 18:13 | Reply

    • Hello Dina.

      Thank you commenting and loving my photos of this charming small town.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2019 @ 08:20 | Reply

  12. Ah, the sights of summer from this Finnish town on a gray November day make visiting your sights so enjoyable, Sartenada.

    Comment by Peter Klopp — November 6, 2019 @ 18:48 | Reply

    • Hello Peter.

      My photos were not from this summer. 🙂 This post was awkward transition from this topic to my next post presenting sand sculptures of this year. Thank you commenting.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2019 @ 08:39 | Reply

  13. What a lovely town!

    Comment by 洋子 — November 6, 2019 @ 18:49 | Reply

    • Hello Yoko.

      It was nice to read that you loved this small summer town. ありがとうございます

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2019 @ 08:46 | Reply

  14. I visited here once and thought the town was beautiful. I remember having coffee and cinnamon buns in a lovely cafe in the marina park.

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller — November 6, 2019 @ 20:56 | Reply

    • Hello Marion.

      We love this town. It has a special feeling. Coffee, cinnamon, sun shine and also ice cream makes the mind happy with positive attitude. In this town it was for the first time, when I was about to meet another blogger. I passed their caravan at the distance of five meter. This was revealed the next day when they introduced Lappeenranta. Thank you commenting.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2019 @ 08:55 | Reply

  15. How you can get there from Helsinki?

    Comment by Hettie D. — November 7, 2019 @ 01:13 | Reply

    • Hello Hettie.

      Well, Lappeenranta is easy to reach, by train and bus. Train lasts 2 h 2 min and bus three hours. Thank you vising my post.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2019 @ 09:10 | Reply

  16. Rappen Latter seems to be the best place to spend the summer. Forests, lakes, and colorful houses are like paintings for viewers.
    I thought it would be nice to go around this area with a tricycle.

    Have a nice day.

    Comment by saganhama — November 7, 2019 @ 02:23 | Reply

    • Hello Saganhama.

      It is indeed a Small town where to spend a nice summer day, by making a lake cruise or admiring sand sculptures, which I will show in my next post. Than you.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2019 @ 09:26 | Reply

  17. This place looks so relaxing, Matti. You must have enjoyed your 3-month stay there. 🙂

    Comment by We Travel Happy — November 7, 2019 @ 10:40 | Reply

    • Hello We Travel Happy.

      Yes indeed. Memorable time and many memories. 🙂 Thank you.

      Have good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 7, 2019 @ 10:45 | Reply

  18. Bonito paseo por esta bella ciudad Matti.
    Me encantan los barcos, tienen un aire retro muy romántico.
    Saludos.

    Comment by Si, Soy Gallega — November 7, 2019 @ 20:25 | Reply

    • Hola Louisa.

      Muchas gracias por tu comentario y feliz de que te gusten las fotos. Haciendo un crucero a bordo del antiguo barco de vapor, es una experiencia agradable, también para nosotros. Hemos hecho un crucero desde Lappeenranta, pero no tengo fotos, porque fue hace mucho tiempo.

      Saludos y abrazos.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 8, 2019 @ 07:34 | Reply

      • Esos barcos son preciosos e imagino que navegar mirando el paisaje desde esas bonitas cubiertas abiertas, una maravilla.
        Me gusta mucho navegar pero los barcos actuales están hechos para la seguridad y no tienen esas bellas barandillas que muestras en tus fotos. Son muy bellos.
        Saludos y muy buen fin de semana.

        Comment by Si, Soy Gallega — November 8, 2019 @ 11:56 | Reply

  19. Wao! I like colorful bike photo and woody ship.
    I am lookin clear sky in your blog,
    →My heart is clear!

    Comment by キース — November 9, 2019 @ 08:36 | Reply

    • Hello Keith.

      How nice to read your praising comment. ありがとうございます

      よい週末を!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 9, 2019 @ 10:56 | Reply

  20. Lappeenranta is a beautiful situated town (and looks wonderful itself!). It offers a lot for residents as well as tourists and any other summer guests spending a day or their holidays at the waterside. What a large lake! And what a relaxing way to reach other places by cruising on the lake, by cycling to discover the town or the banks or by sitting in a nice café having a look around – simply enjoying the colourful scenery.
    The old steamboat, the S/S Leppävirta is a highlight, too! I cannot (yet) reach the website mentioned in your post, but love you photo instead. ^^

    Have a nice week; Matti and greetings to Anja, too!
    Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — November 11, 2019 @ 18:52 | Reply

    • Hello Michèle.

      Oh, how glad I am when I read your praising comment. Thank you. Those old steam ships make cruises between some towns like Kuopio and Savonlinna. Savonlinna is also one of my favorite summer towns in Finland. In its harbor, there are many old steam ships making longer and shorter cruises. If you see this, then you understand, why I love this town:

      Savonlinna

      All the best you and yours,
      Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — November 12, 2019 @ 08:01 | Reply

  21. What a gorgeous place! A cruise on the lake sounds like a great way to spend some time and I love the lakeside seating area 🙂

    Comment by Cathy — November 16, 2019 @ 13:47 | Reply

    • Hello Cathy.

      Thank you commenting. We have many lakes or better said there are 168,000 lakes of at least with 500 square meters size. So, this makes it natural that cruises are popular on our lakes. Most popular are those made on board of old historic steam ships, which cruise from town to town or make shorter 1- 2 hours cruises. Mid-summer cruises are awesome, because nights are short and, in the north, there are no nights. White nights are experiences which is an unforgettable experience. I have published many cruise posts. One which I love very much is cruising on a Lake Inari, which distance from the Arctic Circle to the North is 316 km / 196 miles.

      Cruising on Lake Inari

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 19, 2019 @ 07:44 | Reply

  22. Looks like a wonderful place to explore and relax – great photos!

    Comment by Image Earth Travel — November 21, 2019 @ 13:54 | Reply

    • Hello again Nilla.

      Thank you for your praising words. This town is a good place to start cruises on our lakes om board of old stem ships.

      Happy and safe travels!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 22, 2019 @ 07:49 | Reply

  23. Beautiful photos, I enjoyed seeing them!

    Comment by Everyday Living — November 27, 2019 @ 03:17 | Reply

    • Hello Pam.

      Thank you leaving your praising comment. I am glad that you loved my photos.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 27, 2019 @ 08:28 | Reply

  24. Thank you for reading and commenting. Your country looks beautiful! Best wishes.

    Comment by joylennick — December 1, 2019 @ 11:24 | Reply

    • Hello joylennick.

      Thank for your praising words. They made me glad.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 1, 2019 @ 11:46 | Reply


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