Things to Do and See in Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari

Check regional Covid-instructions before your hiking trip or a visit to a nature center.

Liminganlahti Nature Centre is closed 1.1.-4.2.2022. The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is closed 10.1.–1.2.2022. Koli Nature Centre Ukko is closed 1.1.–20.2.2022. Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu is closed 13.1.–31.1.2022.

In other nature centers in Finland, we require the use of a facial mask and keeping the 2 meter distance to other visitors. In addition, there may be requirements to show the Covid pass, and/or the number of visitors can be limited. More information Nature centers. The length of the restrictions depends on the region. More regional information can be found at the Finnish institute for health and welfare website.


  • Metsähallitus and Savonlinna Museum's joint Saimaan sylissä (in the heart of Saimaa) exhibition tells the story of man and nature and how this relationship has evolved since the last ice age. A large part of the exhibition is dedicated to the Saimaa ringed seal. The seal is Lake Saimaa's most known inhabitant and one of the most endangered seal species in the world. 
    The exhibition also tells how the city of Savonlinna was founded in the heart of Lake Saimaa and how the steamship traffic defined the region. The audiovisual effects of the exhibition offer something for all senses and take the visitor on a journey into the relaxed lifestyle of the Lake Saimaa region.
    The exhibition that opened in the summer of 2018 and was renewed in spring 2021 is produced together by Metsähallitus and Savonlinna Museum.
A woman and a child studying an exhibit depicting the lair of a seal pup.


  • Torsti - the Child of the Depths (12 min.)
    • A unique nature film about the underwater life of a Saimaa Ringed Seal pup (English, German, Finnish and Russian). Direction and photography by Juha Taskinen.
  • Ice pup (3 min.)
    • A music story about a Saimaa ringed seal mother and its pup in a song form. Lyrics in Finnish.

Outdoor Etiquette

1. Respect nature.

2. Mainly use marked trails.

3. Camp only where it is allowed.

4. Light your campfire only where it is allowed.

5. Do not litter.

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