After our time in the Åland Islands we spent a night in Turku and made plans to head east in Finland with minimal research. We decided to explore Lappeenranta on the shores of lake Saimaa.
The town is very close to the Russian border so the influence can be seen in the local architecture and tourist population. In Lappeenranta we found an eclectic mix of tourists, an American car festival, and heavy metal music.
After a day in Lappeenranta we decided that we would prefer the peace and quiet of the Finnish forests so we returned west towards Kouvola, and then headed north to Repovesi national park.