The city of Kuopio stands amid the lakes and rivers of central Finland, 240 miles north of Helsinki. It is surrounded by a region of water and forests that have become popular as an outdoor recreation area. Lake Kallavesi alone has more than 3,000 miles of shoreline to explore. If you hire a car in Kuopio you’ll find that the E63 highway loops through the city and offers spectacular drives in both directions, crossing lakes and islands via bridges and causeways. In the summer this is a region for water-sports enthusiasts and in the winter there are three ski centres in the countryside outside the city.