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Travel Blogs from Savonlinna
Savonlinna was my next stop in Finland. It is in the middle of nowhere. It's nearly 5 hours from the capital of FInland. I'm not really sure why I came here. I probably saw it on the map and just thought maybe it would be a good stopping point on the way to Helsinki. It was a good point to stop at, but there wasn't much here. There was a very nice castle. ...
... it was entertaining, and fun to walk around, i doubt it rates on many peoples ‘spectacular’ lists. It had an interesting history, and the guide was knowledgable.
Savonlinna is also known for its two lakes which are meant to contain seals. we didnt see any unfortunatly. that night we camped at the man made channel which connected the two lakes, it was one of the best free camp sites we had found on the trip.
I had been here 34 years ago and remembered the waterways as far more spectacular so the haze we're experiencing is covering the real beauty of all these surrounds but we had a great time exploring this old castle and the views out.
We phoned ahead to book a cabin a bit out of the way and (after a great sight seeing tour) eventually found the very pleasant camp site tucked away in the woods by a lake. We had a cabin close to the sauna ...
... a side road to go to a Salmon farm but found strawberries for sale instead down a side road from a Russian strawberry farmer so forgot about the salmon and feasted on strawberries instead.
We found another great camping ground at Punkaharju Lomakeskus. We have a little log cabin right next to the lake and enjoyed a swim last night plus a sauna and swim to start the day off today. Have decided to book in here for another night.
... tonight through Skype, Mark called Richard.
This Town is renowned to have the most oxygen in the world due to the number of Conifers here..
Heading to the outskirts of Helsinki tomorrow, I am driving as Mark needs a break..