The Saimaa Canal

Finland’s most important canal is the 43-kilometres long Saimaa Canal, which connects Lake Saimaa to the Gulf of Finland. Nearly half of the Saimaa Canal runs through a land area leased from Russia. The eight locks of the Saimaa Canal are operated via remote control centres at Mälkiä and Brusnitchnoe.

Instructions for leisure boating in the Saimaa Canal

The new pleasure craft guide will be published before the navigation season begins (note: no prior notification needed).

The Saimaa Canal Pleasure Craft Guide, 2017, English (pdf)

The Saimaa Canal Pleasure Craft Guide, 2017, Russian (pdf)

Documents and reports: Transit Voyage, English (zip)

Documents and reports: Transit Voyage, Russian (zip)

Documents and reports: Calling Vyborg, English (zip)

Documents and reports: Calling Vyborg, Russian (zip)

Pleasure crafts exempt from canal fee in the Saimaa Canal. From the beginning of the 2012 navigation season there has been no canal fee for pleasure crafts sailing through the Saimaa Canal.

Here you can read information about the Saimaa Canal locks. 

Sivu päivitetty 19.05.2017