Lakesperience – Explore the Nordic-Baltic lakes

Lakes are an important part of culture in Finland, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia. They have a significant recreational value and potentiality as tourist attractions. The joint challenge is how to harness the business and touristic potential of Central Baltic lakes and their surroundings to sustainably make them easier to reach by local and foreign tourists.

The Lakesperience project aims to connect the Central Baltic lakes as a joint tourist attraction through developing tempting lake service packages for all seasons of the year, joint map service and an awarding system for tourists visiting several lakes, organising lake festivals, developing joint marketing materials and above all a Nordic-Baltic lake brand “Lakesperience”.

The project will increase the attractiveness and visibility of Finnish, Swedish, Estonian and Latvian lakes and their environments as sustainable natural heritage tourist attractions and products. The partners will develop service packages and their marketing through organising local and joint workshops for lake tourism service companies and sharing experiences and challenges in each location. The project connects lakes Pyhäjärvi and Näsijärvi in Tampere Finland, lakes Åsunden, Järnlunden and Stora Rängen in south of Linköping, Sweden, lake Peipsi in Tartu, Estonia and lake Burtnieku in Latvia as a joint tourist attraction. The project will involve and enhance business and marketing cooperation between at least 20 Finnish, 20 Swedish, 15 Estonian and 15 Latvian companies that provide services for lake tourists. As a result the number of lake tourists will increase by 5000 altogether in the involved locations during the project.


The Baltic Institute of Finland, FI

Visit Tampere Ltd, FI

Ecofellows Ltd, FI

Peipsi Centre for Transboundary Cooperation, EE

Region Östergötland, SE

County Administrative Board of Östergötland, SE

Burtnieku County municipality, LV


Duration and budget

Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 December 2020 (36 months)

Lead partner: The Baltic Institute of Finland

Total project budget: 1,2 milj. EUR

Total ERDF support: 933 000 EUR






Development Director, Ms. Johanna Leino


mobile: +358 50 436 3233


Specialist, Ms. Jenny Uusikartano


mobile: +358 50 308 4446