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, with a surface area of more than 4400 square kilometers. 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 afterwards spending their holidays at lakeside cottages. Finnish Lakeland is a place for relaxation and unity with nature.