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South Savonia

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South Savonia

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South Savonia (Etelä-Savo) is a province of Eastern Finland.


  • Mikkeli — the largest city in the region
  • Pieksämäki — major rail junction
  • Savonlinna — Finland's largest castle, a famous opera festival and scenic views of Lake Saimaa

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The only airport in the region is at Savonlinna, which has service to Helsinki.

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South Savonia's major cities are all well-served by rail, although you may need to change trains in Kouvola. It's 3 hours from Helsinki to Savonlinna or Mikkeli, or about 4 hours to Pieksämäki. There's also a cross line from Turku, Tampere and Jyväskylä to Pieksämäki.

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  • The monastery of New Valamo, Heinävesi, [1]. The eastern (originally: Russian) orthodox monastery of New Valamo is open for visitors all year round. The monastery was established in 1939 when 190 monks from the Valamo monastery in the now-Russian Karelia were evacuated before the Soviet forces took the area in the Winter War between Finland and Soviet Union. There is a buffet restaurant on the premises (14 euros per person; check website for opening hours which vary seasonally). Also, there is a shop selling souvenirs, eastern orthodox religious items, including hand-painted icons, as well as wines and liquors produced at the monastery. The monastery offers basic accommodation in dormitories and cottages (20 to 80 euros per person per night (including breakfast) in summer.) Visitors in the area are expected to dress modestly, with knees and shoulders covered.  edit
  • Lintula Holy Trinity Convent, Heinävesi, [2]. Close to New Valamo monastery, Lintula convent is the only eastern orthodox convent in Finland. There is a cafe on the premises, and a shop selling religious items. It welcomes visitors every day to services. During the summer there is also basic dormitory style accommodation (23 to 27 euros per person per night) in the convent area.  edit
  • Varistaipaleen kanava (Varistaipale canal), Heinävesi. , built in 1911-13, connects Juojärvi to Varisvesi. The canal has length of 1100 meters, and 4 locks with a total elevation difference of 14.5 meters, which is the highest in Finland. In summer the canal is busy with recreational boats, mostly small motor and sailing boats. There is a small museum next to the locks. A visit to the canal is naturally combined to visits to the monastery and the convent, which are a short drive away (respectively 10 km and 5 km).  edit


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