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Sneak peeks into the secrets of Salla's nature

The Metsähallitus exhibition on old forests at Salla Reindeer Park will be updated. The exhibition will offer visitors new and exciting glimpses into the nature of the area. The exhibition will also expand and include new themes from the nature and culture of the area.

"The Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland nature exhibition in Salla Reindeer Park is being renovated. The exhibition update, carried out in the Phenomena of Arctic Nature project funded by Kolarctic CBC, will be completed in the autumn. The exhibition’s electrical, lighting and sound technology has been refurbished and the contents of the exhibition have been redeveloped. For visitors, some of the most obvious updates include five new dioramas in connection with the landscape walls and information sidebars, which provide information on the nature in the area more accessibly and diversely than before. You can view and listen to the exhibition as well as follow its traces while searching for your own personal landscape. In addition to a burst of summer, the exhibition has also been enhanced by a touch of winter in Salla with its magnificent crown snow forests. The exhibition offers glimpses into places that would otherwise be difficult to experience. For example, you can peer into the heart of a spring, under snow and underground. The exhibition also features a large hollow tree, covered by moss and lichen made by textile techniques.

"The vivid mossy surfaces on decaying wood provided the inspiration for this textile work," explains Exhibition Designer Emma Napari, who produced the moss work. "Almost ten different types of yarn were crocheted and embroidered into the moss, and the Cladonia were felted out of domestic wool," Emma Napari says.

You can step inside the tree to explore what it contains. The exhibition offers not only viewing but also listening experiences through various soundscapes. The section on hiking in the Salla area will also be updated in this renovation.

The development of the exhibition will also continue after the Phenomena of Arctic Nature project. The existing large dioramas depicting the life of reindeer and carnivores at the Reindeer Park will be integrated as part of the new exhibition. New exhibition themes will include the cultural history of Salla, its greatest landscapes, and protected areas in and around Salla.

Further information

  • PAN - Phenomena of Arctic Nature (metsa.fi)
  • PAN - Phenomena of Arctic Nature project:
    • An international cooperation project aiming to increase knowledge of the Arctic nature and its unique phenomena in nature tourism.
    • Nature exhibitions at five different information points will be renovated in Finland, Norway and Russia. In addition, new service infrastructure and teaching materials as well as various workshops and seminars will boost cooperation between tourism entrepreneurs.
    • Metsähallitus is the main partner of the project, whose total budget is 2.6 million €.
    • International cooperation is facilitated by the EU Kolarctic CBC funding programme; national funding from Finland, Norway and Russia; and private funding from Matkalle Sallaan ry.
       

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