Things to Do and See in Saimaa Nature Centre Riihisaari


Metsähallitus and Savonlinna Museum's joint Saimaan sylissä (In the Heart of Lake 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 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 (in Finnish). Direction and photography by Juha Taskinen.

Outdoor Etiquette

A cartoon picture of a family walking on a summer path.

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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