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Why Visit the Finnish Lakeland

The Finnish Lakeland is an incredible blue labyrinth of lakes, islands, rivers and canals, interspersed with forests and ridges, stretching for hundreds of kilometers.

This is the largest lake district in Europe. The lakes occupy about 25 percent of the territory and there are at least 55,000 of them. The largest is Lake Saimaa which has a surface area of more than 4400 square kilometers (1699 square miles).

The deepest has a depth of only 100 meters (the depth of the average lake is 7 meters) and because all of the lakes are shallow they contain only slightly more water than Finland's annual rainfall.

There are many different ways of enjoying Lakeland. The unique lakes are some of the cleanest in the world, obtaining wonderful surroundings for many activities such as kayaking or paddling, and of course, are a haven for fishing enthusiasts.

In the winter the ice coating on lakes is thick enough to drive a tank over, and it provides great conditions for ice skating, ice fishing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

Many visitors prefer exploring Lakeland by boat or on steamship cruises and afterward spending their holidays at lakeside cottages. Finnish Lakeland is a place for relaxation and unity with nature!

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