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 3 miles to the east.
The main attraction and landmark of Savonlinna is the medieval castle of Olavinlinna. The world's most northerly castle is also Finland's best preserved. If you hire a car in Savonlinna you'll discover that castle stands at a picturesque spot on an island in the lake, connected to the city by a narrow bridge. Another attraction on an island in the city is the Spahotel Casino complex, with pools and saunas. In contrast, the small island of Sulosaari is a scenic retreat from the busy city centre; and from the city's waterfront, old ships offer cruises around the lakes. The Heinävesi route to Kuopio is especially acclaimed.
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0730-2100, Sa-Su 0900-2100
Address:Matkustajasatama Rantakatu, Hirsihuvila
Opening hours:Mo-Fr 0730-2000 Sa-Su closed
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.