Eastern Finland, South Savo Region
Town of Savonlinna (www.savonlinna.fi) and municipality of Sulkava (www.sulkava.fi)
Area: 45 sq.km. Established in 2014.
The area in managed by Metsähallitus.
Lake Pihlajavesi, a part of greater Saimaa lake complex, represents Finnish lakeland at its best. With its labyrinth of islands and broad open waters it is a fascinating destination for boat trips lasting for several days. Lake Pihlajavesi, with the medieval Olavinlinna Castle surrounded by the lake, is listed as one of the Finland's national landscapes. There are over ten excursion harbours for visitors. The Saimaa ringed seal (Phoca hispida saimensis) also enjoys the clear waters and peaceful atmosphere of the area.
Lake Pihlajavesi has established as a nature reserve to protect the valuable natural features and the unbuilt landscape on the shores. Protection does not rule out visiting the area - as long as visitors do not damage the natural features. You are also welcome to experience the peace of the archipelago!
This is the webpage www.nationalparks.fi/pihlajavesi