The small city of Savonlinna stands in the heart of one of Finland’s most popular holiday areas. To Finns, the shores of Lake Saimaa offer a perfect location for beach, spa, activity, cultural or city breaks. If you hire a car in Savonlinna, you’ll soon notice the number of holiday cottages dotted around this region of water-based landscapes. Visitors here can take cruises to try to spot the rare Saimaa Ringed Seal, while the Provincial Museum is a tourist highlight based on the lake island of Rihisaari - which is also a centre for traditional steamboats. Geographically speaking, Savonlinna’s small airport is five miles to the north, and the Russian border is 30 miles to the east.