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Tour to the rock paintings of Astuvansalmi

Experience the magnificent nature of Lake Saimaa and the historic tourist sites on its shores: Astuvansalmi rock paintings, Kallioniemi Villa and Pien-Toijola Open-Air Museum. 

The rock paintings of Astuvansalmi, the largest painting complex in the Nordic countries, are well worth experiencing. The rock paintings are located by the water, so on this trip you can experience the paintings from the side of the water. Around 80 painted images have been found on the cliffs of Astuvansalmi. The most common patterns are deer, man and boat, and there is also some opaque red colour on the rock. Join us to see how many pictures you can find. We travel to the rock paintings on the Aino boat through the most beautiful landscapes of Lake Saimaa.

During the tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch at Restaurant Kallioniemi, and explore the cultural and historical environment of a summer cottage built by E. N. Setälä. We will also visit the Pien-Toijola Open-Air Museum, a nationally significant peasant cultural environment. There are also tourist attractions along the route: Kyyhkylä Wellbeing Resort and Hotel Heimari, which allow you to stay longer on the shores of Lake Saimaa. Check out our travel tips!


The tour will take place in summer 2022:

  • Saturday 4.6. and 11.6.
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday 16.6.–27.8.
  • Saturday 1.–30.9.

NOTE! The boat Aino operates every other day from the Ristiina Market pier and every other day from the Kallioniemi pier. We will inform passengers of the direction of travel before the date of the tour.


Schedule

Schedule 1. The boat Aino departs from the Ristiina service pier

Departure

Arrival

10:00 Charter bus stop at the Mikkeli Matkakeskus terminal

10:05 Charter bus stop by the market place (behind the Mannerheim statue)

10:10 Charter bus stop by the market place

10:25 Kyyhkylä Wellbeing Resort

10:25 Kyyhkylä Wellbeing Resort

10:40 Hotel Heimari

10:40 Hotel Heimari

10:50 Ristiina market place

11:00 Ristiina service pier / Aino boat

12:30 Astuvansalmi rock paintings (duration of visit about 45 min)

13:15 Astuvansalmi rock paintings

13:30 Kallioniemi villa (duration of visit about 1,5 hr)

15:05 Kallioniemi villa / Charter bus

15:10 Pien-Toijola Open-Air Museum (duration visit about 1 hr)

16:15 Pien-Toijola Open-Air Museum

16:35 Ristiina (Brahentie street bus stop)

16:35 Ristiina (via Heimari and Kyyhkylä if needed *)

16:55 Charter bus stop by the market place

16:55 Charter bus stop by the market place

17:00 Charter bus stop at the Matkakeskus terminal

* If there are no passengers from Kyyhkylä and Heimari, we will not take the return route via these destinations.

Schedule 2. The boat Aino departs from the pier of the Kallioniemi villa

Departure

Arrival

10:00 Charter bus stop at the Mikkeli Matkakeskus terminal

10:05 Charter bus stop by the market place (behind the Mannerheim statue)

10:10 Charter bus stop by the market place

10:25 Kyyhkylä Wellbeing Resort

10:25 Kyyhkylä Wellbeing Resort

10:40 Hotel Heimari

10:40 Hotel Heimari

10:50 Ristiina market place

11:00 Bus stop by the Ristiina market place / Charter bus

11:25 Pien-Toijola Open-Air Museum (duration of visit 1 hr)

12:25 Pien-Toijola Open-Air Museum

12:30 Kallioniemi villa (duration of visit about 1,5 hrs)

14:00 Kallioniemi villa pier / Aino boat

14:15 Astuvansalmi rock paintings (duration of visit about 45 min)

15:00 Astuvansalmi rock paintings

16:30 Service pier by Ristiina market place

16:35 Ristiina (via Heimari and Kyyhkylä if needed *)

16:55 Charter bus stop by the market place

16:55 Charter bus stop by the market place

17:00 Charter bus stop at the Matkakeskus terminal

* If there are no passengers from Kyyhkylä and Heimari, we will not take the return route via these destinations.


Price

  • 39 € / adult
  • 15 € / under 15 yrs.
  • Children under 3 years free of charge

The price includes: outward and return transports and guided tour at the rock paintings.


Please note

  • The itinerary is sent to passengers the day before.
  • You can also hop on a day trip from a stop along the route. Please mention the stop when you book your trip, in the "More information on the purchase" section.
  • The tour is not suitable for people with reduced mobility due to challenging terrain.
  • The schedule of the tour may be affected by the weather on Lake Saimaa as well as summer road traffic.
  • Good to know

Our travel tips

  • Day 1. Travel with us from Mikkeli Matkakeskus terminal to stay overnight at Kyyhkylä Wellbeing Resort or Hotel Heimari.
  • Day 2. Take a ride with us to Saimaa and Astuvansalmi rock paintings. 
  • Day 3. Travel with us back to Mikkeli Matkakeskus terminal.

All these transfers on the same ticket!