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!
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