Lake Paijanne

Lake Paijanne is the second largest lake in Finland and a perfect place to take a break and relax in Finland.

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Destination in detail

Lake Paijanne is the second largest lake in Finland and a perfect place to take a break and relax in Finland. The lake drains into the Gulf of Finland via the Kymi River and is surrounded by thick forests and wildlife which make it the perfect place for a Finland adventure holiday with traditional mushroom and berry picking or a trek around the islands on a guided hike on offer. Lake Paijanne is the perfect place to relax and unwind, but with excitement, all wrapped into one.


61°35′N 025°30′E




1,082.89 km²

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Getting There

Fly directly into Helsinki which a range of international routes and then pick up a hire car and head out to the lake which will take you around one and a half hours.


Lake Paijanne, like much of Finland, enjoys four very distinct seasons. In the summer the lake is a perfect place for summer holidays with temperatures averaging 20°C but often reaching beyond this in July.

Evenings and nights are bright in Finland during the summer, as the sun sets late and rises early.

Lake Paijanne is also a great place to visit as the winter sets in with temperatures getting down to -15°C and crisp snowy days making the perfect place to enjoy a warm fire and winter activities.


Lake Paijanne is the second largest lake in Finland. The deepest point in the lake is 93 metres which makes it the deepest in Finland.

The southern part of the lake is situated within the Paijanne National Park, which is 14 km2 of protected land.

There are many islands within the lake, some are inhabited and some which are not.

Plants and Animals

Much of the lake is surrounded by dense forest, which is thriving with animal and plant life. Wild berries and mushrooms are common here and tours can be taken to pick the edible berries.

A variety of different animals can be spotted here, with many small mammals and a variety of birds.

The lake also abundant with life making it a great spot for fishing.


Why choose us


Tailor-made Design

Our expert Adventure Artists have first-hand knowledge of all of our destinations and can create bespoke itineraries to suit your every taste and requirement whilst providing personal tips and advice for your once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience.


Authentic Experiences

Whether you choose to learn all about the Sami lifestyle in the Arctic Circle or head into the rainforests of Costa Rica to see the native wildlife you are guaranteed to have a real, honest experience with hand-picked suppliers and guides. They will bring these experiences to life with genuine passion to fully immerse you in your chosen destination.


Responsible Travel

Ensuring that we are looking after our planet is at the top of our priority list. Partnering with key players in conservation such as WDC (Whale and Dolphin Conservation) means that our holidays are always giving back too.

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