All steamed up
Most of Finland’s historic steamboats were built in Varkaus for exclusive use in the Saimaa region. Four of them still survive in Savonlinna: the S/S Savonlinna, S/S Paul Wahl, S/S Heinävesi and S/S Punkaharju.
The S/S Savonlinna is a museum ship that can be rented by groups of 15 to 25 people to explore Lake Saimaa on an overnight cruise. Similar steamers can also be found in Jyväskylä, Tampere, Turku and Helsinki. The season in Savonlinna lasts from June to August, but group bookings are also accepted in May and September. The steamers carry an average of 25,000 passengers per season.
Visit the Lake Saimaa Nature and Culture Centre to view exhibitions on the history of Lake Saimaa and its vintage steamboats.
Scenic cruise: Duration 1.5 hours, adults €19, children aged 7–17 €9, and family package €45
Savonlinna-Punkaharju round trip scenic cruise: Duration 2.5 hours, adults €50, children aged 7–17 €20
Opera cruise with onboard buffet: Enjoy a buffet dinner while cruising Lake Saimaa and return to St Olaf’s Castle for the opera. Boat trip €90 + opera ticket starting at €40. Duration: 6.5 hours
Custom cruises (fishing, weddings, birthdays, business, wilderness tours): ): €325 per hour