The great Finnish lake, the fourth largest in Europe, has a rather bizarre outlines: its shores are cut by bays which surface is dotted with islands. That is why it is interesting to go by boat or kayak as in the giant maze in the lake.

Cool summer Finnish sauna can rescue you after a dive into the lake which can excellent invigorate.

What to see

Rent a kayak or boat and explore the countless bends, twists and turns, the islands and bays of the lake. Despite the impressive size of Saimaa, even beginners may boat anywhere close to the coast or to the islands.

Things to do

In National Park Linnansaari Saimaa ringed seal lives – a freshwater mammals that has only 300 pieces, all in Saimaa. If you sit on the beach for a long time, you may be lucky to notice a seal’s round head or a floating moose, which moved from one island to another – a common occurrence.

lake Saimaa

Escape from nature is possible in the town Kuopio to look at the people who sit in a cafe in the market, to climb the observation tower Puijo, and maybe catch a wine festival.

Where to live

The ideal format is a cottage with a sauna, which can be easily rented via the Internet (eg, saimaacottages.fi). On profile sites there are, as a rule, traditional Finnish houses, villas and ones of modern design. In all of them with one hundred percent probability there will be a sauna. A spacious family house can be rented from € 650 per week.

lake Issyk Kul

Lake Issyk-Kul

It is a pride of Kyrgyzstan, a lake with salt water and wide sandy beaches, surrounded by chocolate-colored the Tien Shan mountains. The lake water is very clean and clear, so that even those who believe the closed water bodies unsuitable for swimming, go to the lake quietly. The proximity of the exotic steppe and the Tien Shan mountains give rest alien intonation.

What to see

Natural beauty around the lake will last for several excursions. You should definitely go to the red rocks in the gorge Jets-Oguz and take a photo of the rock “broken heart.” Lovers of antiquities and archeology have a direct road to the valley of Cholpon-Ata, where petroglyphs and burial mounds are preserved. Those, who are mesmerized by Buddhism, can make a pilgrimage to the sacred rock Tanga Tash.

Things to do

Undergo treatment with anything – mud, thermal waters or mare’s milk. In spas around the Issyk-Kul almost everything can be treated – and lung diseases, and nerves, and infectious. Sanatorium in the canyons around the lake – the Semenov, Grigorievsky, Jets-Oguz mainly specialize on Kymyz.

Very meditative experience is horseback riding. Local horses are strong and beautiful, quietly moving through mountain rivers, and climb the slopes. The ride is, of course, with an instructor and not dangerous.

You can also do extreme sports on the lake – hang-gliding or parachuting. For divers there is a special entertainment: under water you can see the ruins of ancient cities.

Where to stay

Issyk-Kul inherited Soviet formats hospitality – resorts, motels, giant hotels. But there are guest houses – with carpets on the walls, but with good hosts and homemade breakfasts. Find them at the following websites of tour operators, or, for example, on issyk-kul.org.

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The great Finnish lake, the fourth largest in Europe, has a rather bizarre outlines: its shores are cut by bays which surface is dotted with islands. That is why it is interesting to go by boat or kayak as in the giant maze in the lake. Cool summer Finnish sauna...