Things to Do and See in Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari
During a forest fire warning (ilmatieteenlaitos.fi), fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue or in fireplaces at huts, but only with extreme caution. The one who lights the fire is always responsible for its safety. Making a fire at campfire sites can be banned locally.
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.
There is also visiting art, nature and culture exhibitions (savonlinna.fi, in finnish) at Riihisaari.
- 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.