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Lappeenranta Sandcastle theme for 2017 is 'Finland 200 years'

This summer, the Lappeenranta Sandcastle will be erected for the 14th time on the fortress headland. The Sandcastle will be open for visitors from June 4 to the end of August. This year's Sandcastle theme is 'Finland 200 years', which visualises life 100 years from now, in honour of the centenary of Finland’s independence.

The sand sculptures will portray predictions of what Finland will be like in 100 years,” says the Sandcastle’s project manager, Sculptor Kimmo Frosti.

As a new feature in 2017, the Sandcastle will be cooperating with the Lauritsala School of Lappeenranta. About twenty of the school’s pupils, in grades 3 to 6, have created ideas for sand sculptures, under the guidance of their teacher Annika Lönnroth. The final ideas that were chosen include: a car, a school, a holographic clock, Lappeenranta and a home in 2117. Working in groups, the pupils are currently preparing news clips on these topics, in optional iPad courses. The news clips will be published on the Sandcastle website and on social media.

The pupils’ ideas will also be incorporated in the sand sculptures, along with the other topics. This year’s professional sculptors come mainly from Spain, Latvia and Russia. In particular, the number of young Russian sculptors who have had classical training in sculpting is higher than before,” says Frosti.

The mother of tourist attractions includes a chapel

The City of Lappeenranta Tourist Information Services is responsible for daily operations at the Sandcastle and the City will offer summer jobs, at the Sandcastle, to 20 young people. Information and maps are available at the Tourist Information Point located at the Sandcastle site. Bicycles, kayaks, SUP boards and row boats are available for hire there and Tourist Information also sells tickets to rides and the street train.  

The Sandcastle is, in a way, the mother of all tourist attractions in Lappeenranta; it is a place where foreign tourists can easily start their exploration of the city and Lake Saimaa. There is plenty of free parking nearby and the street train also stops at the Sandcastle site,” City of Lappeenranta’s Head of Marketing and Customer Service Mirka Rahman points out.

As in previous years, the Sandcastle site offers sand sculptures, a café, an ice cream stand and amusement rides ─ a bouncy castle, a carousel and a small train. The favourite of younger children – a large sandpit – as well as a miniature golf course, a cinema and a children's theatre can also be found at the Sandcastle site, this year.

The chapel, which was first built in 2016, will once again be completed this year. Maintained by the Lappeenranta parish, a daily service will be held at the chapel. The chapel is also available for weddings and christenings.

The actual construction of the Sandcastle, in Lappeenranta Harbour, will be carried out by Project Manager Kimmo Frosti along with some twenty sculptors, in collaboration with Wirma Lappeenranta – a regional business development centre owned by the City of Lappeenranta – and its cooperation partners.

For further information, please contact:

Construction and implementation: Kimmo Frosti, Tel. +358 50 321 8833, kimmo@frostiart.fi
Business cooperation: Antti Tuomaala, Tel. +358 400 658 203, antti.tuomaala@lappeenranta.fi
Tourist information: Mirka Rahman, Tel. +358 40 849 9161, mirka.rahman@lappeenranta.fi


Opening hours

Sandcastle area:

4 June31 August from 10am - 21pm in summer 2017

Tourist information:

4 June – 25 June and  1 August – 31 August from 10am - 6pm

26 June – 31 July from 10am - 8pm

Sandcastle attractions in August:

19.-20.8. and 26.-27.8. from 10am - 6pm

Upon arrival at Lappeenranta from the direction of Lake Saimaa, a castle made of sand protecting the city bay unfolds on the horizon against the walls of the Fortress. You can enjoy theatre and music performances in the area as well. Entertainment for children also includes a small train and a carousel. Various "Finland 200 years" theme days are held at the Sandcastle and there is a miniature golf course nearby, among other things.

About three million kilos of sand are used in the building of the castle. The sand is bound for moulding with a glue mixture and skilful sculptors work their magic on it to build an impressive castle with towers and a chapel. Some of the Sandcastle sculptors are local artists and some come from the Spain, Latvia and Russia.



At the Sandcastle street train stop, you can easily embark on a nice tour of Lappeenranta city centre. The guided headphone tour has four language options (Finnish, English, Russian, German, Chinese.)

Operating dates and times

The street train is in operation 4 June-13 August, 19-20 and 26-27 August.

Street train leaves from Sandcastle every hour

Mondays at 12-17 and Tuesdays to Sundays at 11-17


Adult €5
Children €2
Family ticket €10 (2 adults + 2 children)
Day ticket: adult €7, children €3.

It´s a hop-on/hop-off service: you can leave the train at any of the stops.

The train leaves every hour at Hiekkalinna (Sandcastle) Tue-Sun 11-17, Mon 12-17. Approximate times past even hour.

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1. Hiekkalinna (Sand Castle) 00 min.
2. Linnoitus (The Fortress) 8 min. 
3. Pusupuisto 12 min.
4. Oleksi Kauppakatu 15 min.
5. Iso-Kristiina / Matkailuinfo (Tourist information) 20 min.
6. Valtakatu  25 min.
7. Liikennepuisto 30 min. 
8. Myllysaari 40 min.
9. Satamatori/ Maalaisten laituri (Harbour) 48 min.
10. Hiekkalinna 55 min.


You can also hire Street Train to privat use: Antti Tuomaala, Tel. +358 400 658 203, antti.tuomaala@lappeenranta.fi



Lappeenranta Tourist Information serves visitors at the Sandcastle:

4 June – 25 June and  1 August – 31 August from 10am - 6pm

26 June – 31 July from 10am - 8pm

Sandcastle attractions in August:

19.-20.8. and 26.-27.8. from 10am - 6pm

Bicycles, kayaks and rowing boat are available for rent at the Sandcastle tourist information point.



Sculpture: Time Machine

Time Machine

Idea: Kimmo Frosti

Sculptor: Sergey Knysh, Russia

The idea for a time machine was invented already in 1949. Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel “discovered” a new type of rotating time domain that did not contradict Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. As the technological knowledge of mankind increased, the time machine was built in 2107. Since then, people have argued for years about who is allowed to use the time machine and for what purpose. Fisher King, a production company based in Lappeenranta, won the battle between multinational media companies over televising rights.


Sculpture: Lappeenranta 100 Years from Now


Lappeenranta 100 Years from Now

Idea: Petteri Veikkolainen, Enni Tuliniemi, Lauritsala School grades 3 to 6

Sculptor: Donatas Mockus, Lithuania

Lappeenranta is a metropolis of more than 7 million inhabitants after merging with St. Petersburg in the 2090s. The route of the Leiju floating metro is finally expanding to include the Joutseno region in addition to important centres. Thanks to global warming, the weather conditions are favourable for leisure travel. Consequently, tourism is Lappeenranta’s most important industry. The water level of Lake Saimaa has risen due to the melting of glaciers and thermal expansion. Knowledge on how to protect beaches and buildings has been sought from the Netherlands. Floating boards are used on the snow-free slopes of Myllymäki Ski Resort. The city’s main tourist attraction is the NorppaPark amusement park that is built partly below the surface of Lake Saimaa.


Sculpture: Car of the Future

Car of the future

Idea: Atte Lampi, Daniel Suninen, Joel Hoskonen, Jere Hyttinen, Lauritsala School grades 3 to 6

Sculptor: Ivan Savenkov, Russia

Honda3000 is a progressive flying car. The car weighs just 350 kilos, and its batteries only need to be recharged once a year. The charging or “refuelling”, as was said before, only takes a moment. You cannot forget the recharging either as the car will announce it in advance and seek to recharge itself. The car can accommodate 250 people at a time because the people shrink as they enter the vehicle.


Sculpture: Home of the Future

Home of the Future

Home of the Future

Idea: Roope Malinen, Jere Pörhönen, Aleksanteri Nikunen, Jens Ahokas, Niko Hyttinen, Lauritsala School grades 3 to 6

Sculptor: Konstantin Evdokimov, Russia

The homes of the future are usually well-preserved old buildings. The latest in housing is a ball-shaped, fully automated home that is controlled via a holographic clock. Many senior citizens have moved to their summer cottages and vacation homes all year round. Vegetable gardens and greenhouses are popular ways to get organic food throughout the year. You do not need to go shopping yourself because drones and droids will deliver the necessary goods easily to your home or cottage.


Sculpture: Holographic Clock

Holographic Clock

Idea: Henri Virtanen, Aapo Hanski, Lauritsala School grades 3 to 6
Sculptor: Alexey Shchitov, Russia

The easy-to-use holographic clock, i.e. Holo, can be used to easily control all electronic devices and machines. If desired, the clock can also be implanted in your wrist using a chip. It is easy to create new features and functions for Holo as needed. It is also the most common and easiest way to watch TV; a screen hologram can be created just for one eye, for example. With the projector feature, the image expands to create up to a 360-degree display around you or on the desired surface, such as a table or a wall.


Sculpture: School of the Future

School of the Future

Idea: Milla Karhapää, Jesmiina Ahonen, Lotta Silvennoinen, Lauritsala School grades 3 to 6
Sculptor: Inese Valtere, Latvia

The dream of all children, the School of the Future, has just been completed in Lappeenranta. The school hovers in the air and is equipped with a protective cover. The school is easy to destroy if mould or other problems occur over the years. Robot teachers take care of teaching so effectively that basic education is attained in two years. A sensor helmet is an effective way to transfer information directly to the brain. From there on out, life is constant learning of new things and people specialise in a wide range of studies at school. The school is in use from morning until well into the evening because almost the whole populations wants to go to school to learn new knowledge and skills.


Sculpture: Championship 2017

Championship 2017

Idea: Leo Segerman
Sculptor: Vladimir Kuraev, Russia

The bandy players of Veiterä from Lappeenranta have won many Finnish Championships. The first championship was achieved in 1980 and the next in 2017. Since then, the pace has accelerated and there have been more championships almost every year. With the current floating skates and a laser ball, even an ice rink is not necessary; instead, the playing season can continue throughout the year.


Sculpture: Saimaa Canal and Ringed Seal

Saimaa Canal and Ringed Seal

Idea: Kimmo Frosti
Sculptors: Karlis Ile, Maija Puncule, Latvia

The Saimaa Canal has been deepened and widened several times over the years. Today, the canal is used by many recreational boaters instead of cargo transportation. Large cruise ships also have access to Lake Saimaa via the canal. The population of the formerly extremely endangered Saimaa ringed seal has increased and spread to the world’s oceans by swimming in the wake of cruise ships.


Sculpture: LAPPEENRANTA Greenreality


Idea: Kimmo Frosti
Sculptors: Jesse Törmikoski, Finland

In Lappeenranta, there is a lot of experience in the research, use and development of emission-free energy. The city no longer generates landfill waste or releases emissions into the air, and overconsumption has been stopped. The use of oil and coal for energy production was banned already in 2066, and the old nuclear power plants have been demolished. Wind, water, bio and solar power plants are common. There are also plans for a large wind power plant, or rather a wind farm, floating at an altitude of several kilometres.


Sculpture: Ringed Seals

Ringed Seals

Ringed Seals

Ringed Seal father Eemil and mother Elli hang out on the rock together with their son Evä.



Who creates the sand sculptures?

This year the sand sculptors are all professionals. They come from Finland, Canada, Holland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia.

How are the sand sculputers made?

First the sand is packed into molds using water and compactor. After the packing the sculputre is made from top to botoom. The molds are removed as the sculpting progresses.

Is there something mixed with the sand?

There is nothing but water mixed with the sand. The sand is particular type of sand that fits into creating sculptures. The scultpure is finished by spraying it with Finnish Kiilto 66 yleis-/puuliima glue-water mixture to get its hard surface.

What happens when it rains?

Normal rain does not hurt the sculptures. It here is a continued heavy rain, the surface of the sculptures may be hurt and the we will make repairs on them.

What kind of tools are used in making the sculptures?

The sculptors use different kinds of spatulas and splints, shovels and so on. Many of them have also created theri own tools that they like to use.

How long does the sculpture last?
Sculptures last a long time weather permitting. If the surface is broken, the sculpture breaks.

Please do not touch the sculptures :)