Things to Do and See in Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari
There are differences in the epidemic situation between regions in Finland. Some Nature Centres may have to close. Check the current situation on the webpage of the Destination or Nature Centre you are planning to visit.
Because of the coronavirus, safe distances should be kept even in nature, and thorough hand hygiene should be followed at huts, campfire sites and after using the toilet. Metsähallitus' policies and guidelines will be updated as the general corona guidelines become more specific. Check our website for the current situation: www.nationalparks.fi/coronavirusguidelines.
The exhibition of the Nature Centre has been taken down because of the renovation of the building. Operating (without the main exhibition) continues nearby in the address Tottinkatu 6a, Savonlinna.
Metsähallitus and Savonlinna Provincial 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 is produced together by Metsähallitus and Savonlinna Provincial 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). 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.