Travel Guide Europe Finland Savonlinna



Olaninlinna Castle, Savonlinna

Olaninlinna Castle, Savonlinna

© davidx

Finland is always regarded as a land of lakes but it only takes a glance at the map to see why the region in which Savonlinna is situated is called the Lake District. Savonlinna is constructed on several islands. Unlike many lake districts in other countries, these enormous Finnish lakes are not surrounded by high mountains and often are only separated by narrow ridges.



Sights and Activities

  • Olavinlinna Castle
  • Kerimaki, a short bus ride away, has the world's largest Christian church made from wood.



Events and Festivals

A Ballet Festival and an Opera Festival are both held annually in Olavinlinna Castle during the summer.



Getting There

By Plane

Helsinki Airport has many international connections, though there are a few flights directly to Savonlinna or nearby Lappeenranta which has some Ryanair budget flights.

By Train

From Helsinki take the train and cheange at Pieksämäki or Parikkala. For train inquiries check the Finnish rail website.

By Bus

Buses connects surrounding cities and towns, as wel as a few further afield.





  • Perhehotelli Hospitz - Linnankatu 20, 57100 Savonlinna, Phone: 015-515 661.



Keep Connected


Internet is usually always broadband and fast. Most libraries have a free internet connection, so look for a sign "kirjasto" for a library. Internet cafes are not hugely popular, as most Finns have internet at home. Wifi hotspots are also increasingly common. 4G networks cover the capital region and major cities. You'll find wifi in many restaurants, cafes and in stations and on public transport.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112. Finland's country code is +358. The prefix for international calls (from local land lines) is 00, as in the rest of EU.

As you'd expect from Nokia's home country, mobile phones are ubiquitous in Finland. GSM and WCDMA (3G) networks blanket all of the country, although it's still possible to find wilderness areas with poor signal, typically in Lapland and the outer archipelago. The largest operators are Sonera and Elisa, a Vodafone partner, but travellers who want a local number may wish to opt for DNA's Prepaid package, which can cost as little as €6. Ask at any convenience store for a list of prices and special offers.

Public telephones are close to extinction in Finland, although a few can still be found at airports, major train/bus stations and the like. It's best to bring along a phone or buy one. A simple GSM model can cost less than €40.


Post is fast and reliable in Finland. You can receive mail simply by marking it Poste Restante, and the postal code of the town (check with the particular post office). First class stamps can be bought from machines or inside the office, and the fare is the same anywhere in the world up to 20 grams, so your postcards will be fine. The current rate for a stamp is €0.75. Heavier letters and postcards have different prices though, you can check them online at the Posti Website. There is also a 'track and trace' system available. Stamps are widely available and sold with the postcards, in kiosks, stationary shops and souvinier shops. Parcels abroad are expensive. You can buy all the packing from the post office, including boxes, tapes etc. For sending parcels internationally, you can also check companies like FedEx, TNT, UPS or DHL.



as well as davidx (10%)

Savonlinna Travel Helpers

We don't currently have any Travel Helpers for Savonlinna

This is version 7. Last edited at 14:05 on Feb 21, 14 by Utrecht. 2 articles link to this page.

Creative Commons License
Except where otherwise noted, content of this article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License