Mikkeli

Mikkeli seen from the water tower

Mikkeli (St. Michel in Swedish) is a cozy town in South Savonia province, Eastern Finland with a population of 54,400. It is located 230 km NE from Helsinki and 100 km west from Savonlinna. It was founded in 1838 and the Finnish Army HQ under Marshal Mannerheim was situated there during WWII.

Get in

By plane

Mikkeli airport (IATA: MIK) is located in the city area roughly three kilometers west from the city center. Currently the airport is only used for charter/business flights. Suitably calm and ideally located, Mikkeli airport is also a home for active glider and parachute enthusiasts.

By train

Mikkeli is located on the main Savonia track between Helsinki and Kuopio. Typically, there are 7 daily connections from Helsinki to Mikkeli ranging from regular express trains to slightly better equipped InterCity 2 -trains. The fastest connection from Helsinki to Mikkeli are the Pendolino trains, that take 2 hours and 16 minutes to Mikkeli from Helsinki.

If traveling by train, one may have to change trains in Kouvola. Mikkeli railway station is located in the city center, just one block from the market square.

By bus

Mikkeli has good bus connections to all main cities of Southern and Northern Finland. Buses leave from the Matkakeskus terminal integrated with the railway station.

Get around

Mikkeli has a comprehensive public transport system (buses to e.g. Anttola and Otava almost every hour). One-way tickets for buses in the city area cost around €3, while fares for longer routes are distance based. Taxis are also available (tel. 0600 300 55) and fares start at €5 and climb up to €1.30/km during weekdays (typically depends on the amount of passengers).

Major car rental companies, such as Europcar and Hertz, are available in Mikkeli. During the summertime, one may also hop in a sightseeing bus or take a cruise in Saimaa from the Mikkeli harbor.

See

During World War II, Mikkeli was the headquarters of the Finnish Army, and quite a few sights from the period remain.

Do

Hiihtomäki dance pavillon.

Buy

Eat

Mikkeli has quite a few restaurants given to the city's relatively small size, although many of them are generic chain restaurants. Fast food is available in the form of kebabs and pizzas. McDonald's and Hesburger have two restaurants each in Mikkeli. Almost all kebab restaurants stay open until the closing time of night clubs, and are thus seen as the preferred late-night eating options.

Some noteworthy restaurants:

Drink

Mikkeli's nightlife is not perhaps one of the busiest in Finland, but has some nice pubs to visit. Surprisingly the live music scene is very active. Most of the bars are centered along Porrassalmenkatu, so exploring the night is very easy. In wintertime the city is quiet, but in summer many nice terraces open up troughout the centre.

Sleep

There are a few hotels in the town centre but not many hostels can be found. Camping is a good choice for cheaper accommodation.

Budget

Camping

Cottages

The area around Mikkeli is one of Finland's main centres for summer cottages (kesämökki). Most are inconveniently located unless you have your own car and primarily geared for families or groups who can bring all their own gear (bedding, food, etc,) and stay a week or longer, but a few cater also to short-stay visitors. Prices vary widely depending on the facilities: some places go for as little as €30/night, top-end facilities ten times that.

Mid-range

Splurge

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