The town of Varkaus stands amid the lakes of eastern central Finland, 2 miles north east of Helsinki. Lake Saimaa, the largest in Finland, almost surrounds the town. Visitors who hire car in Varkaus will soon find this area is a maze of waterways, bridges, causeways and islands. Saimaa has 9,3 miles of shoreline to explore and thousands of islands. Varkaus is connected to the Saimaa Canal, which reaches the Gulf of Finland via Russia, so expect to discover plenty of opportunities for fishing, boating and canoeing. The highlights include the unspoilt wildernesses of the Linnansaari and Kolovesi National Parks, the acclaimed Peis Immonen Caves and the spectacular Orinoro Gorge.