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“Striking 5,000 years old rock paintings”

The Astuvansalmi rock paintings
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Ristiina
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Astuvansalmi rocks paintings (Astuvansalmen kalliomaalaukset in Finnish) are about 5,000 years old. They are situated on the shores of Lake Yövesi, Saimaa, in the village of Ristiina (which belongs to the city of Mikkeli). This is a free attraction and it is always open (but in the winter the path may be very difficult and risky to walk).

You can see these rock paintings by taking a cruise from the city of Mikkeli or from Anttolanhovi Inn in the village of Anttola, Mikkeli. You can also drive by your car quite near to these rock paintings, as we did.

The address of the parking place is Suurlahdentie 2039, Ristiina (Mikkeli). It is situated 20 kilometers from the highway 15 (through the village of Ristiina and then along the asphalt road number 4323). There are traffic signs "Astuvansalmen kalliomaalaukset" which tell you the right way from the highway 15.

You have to walk about 2.2-2.5 kilometers (one way) from the parking place to the rock paintings. It takes about 30-60 minutes. The route is quite easy to walk although it is a forest path. There are very beautiful views on the way. You see lakes, forests and cliffs. There are also some benches on which you can take a rest. If the weather is fine, normal walking shoes or running shoes are enough.

Astuvansalmi is Finland's largest single rock painting site. The painted area is almost 17 meters high and 8 meters wide. Over 60 painted individual designs have been identified. The paintings are some of the largest in the Nordic Countries.

There are 20 figures of European elk and 17 human figures (including three female figures) 20-50 centimeters in height there. There are also 11 boat designs and a hand impression which can be seen very clearly. Other paintings are not as clear.

This place is very striking!

1  Thank JariJK
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

The Astuvansalmi rock paintings and the trail leading there make a beautiful day trip. The rock paintings are quite faint (well, they are about 5000 years old after all) and there are not very many of them. However, the place is incredible and the nature trail leading there is beautiful. Walking there takes about half an hour (one way). Go when the weather is nice and remember good walking shoes. Pick up and eat blueberries on the way and just enjoy the nature. The trail is not very well marked so when you arrive to the end of the trail turn left and you'll find the paintings. There is a fireplace so you can have a nice picnic. If you want to swim you can change your clothes in the toilet. If you arrive by boat you can stay for 2 hours which is just enough for the paintings and the trail and some swimming.

Thank Mianneli
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Reviewed 24 June 2016

Great way to see Astuvansalmi paintings is to take a cruise with MS/Kuutti and SSV! We took a boat from Anttolanhovi and it took 1 hour 15 minutes to get to Astuvansalmi. On the way you could get a nice picture about the Finnish lake scenery and enjoy the sun of course. When arriving to Astuvansalmi we had possibility to go and take a walk next to the paintings and have a closer look. After an 40 min break we returned to the boat and cruised back to Anttolanhovi. On the way we had a coffee break on the way. MS/Kuutti was cosy little boat, with very friendly and experienced skipper, who had many stories to tell. And there is actually something, you can see from the boat only: the profile of the face of Astuvan ukko, which means the rock formation which looks like a mans profile. We enjoyed every moment in Astuvansalmi and can recommend it as a destination for those who like outdoor activities and nature.

1  Thank Traveller H
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Reviewed 7 June 2016

It's interesting to see how nature operates. This could be a way, and besides you get very beautiful views and a nice walk in the forest!

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Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

It takes couple kilometers of walking to get there. Surrounded by beautiful nature. I have been there many times and allways it is exciting to see the paintings, although they are simple drawings. Paintings are located near lake and summertime you can get there also by boat.

Thank panu i
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