Nature trail and rock paintings in the traditional Finnish landscape

Astuvansalmi rock paintings

Astuvansalmi rock paintings are located on the shore of Lake Yövesi in Ristiina, Mikkeli. The paintings are about 4 500-6 000 years old and are among the largest in Northern Europe.

More than 65 images have been painted on the rocks: for example animals, people, paws and boats. On the cliff it is possible to see the landscape very much like it was when the paintings were made – without visible human traces.

NB! The cliffs of the area have very high drop-offs of several meters, so you have to take special care of small children on the rocks.

The paintings can be accessed through a forest trail that is less than 3 km long. You can leave the car at the parking lot next to Suurlahdentie. The route is also suitable for children.

There is a rest area and a dry toilet and a boat dock in the area.

You can also visit the paintings by boat or you can take a cruise that takes you to the paintings.

Contact information

Name of the attraction: Astuvansalmi rock paintings
(Astuvansalmen kalliomaalaukset in Finnish)
Address: Suurlahdentie 2039, 52360 Ristiina (Mikkeli)
Open: All year round

Additional information

Province, location and region: Etelä-Savo (Southern Savonia), Mikkeli, Ristiina, Hirssaari (village)
Address: Suurlahdentie 2039, 52360 Ristiina (Mikkeli)
Target group: Families with children, seniors, hikers
Distance from the center of Lake Korpijärvi: Approximately 49 km (approx. 45 min.) by car
Open: Open all year round, but nature trails are not open during snowy days
Trail length: Under 3 km/direction
Duration: 2-3 h
Difficulty: Moderate, part of the trail is not suitable for young children
Equipment: Hiking boots, rain gear in the rain, campfire equipment
Please note: You can’t use prams or pushchairs in the nature trail.

More information:

More information on the attraction can be found at Visit Mikkeli website, Saimaa GeoPark website and Trails and spots in South Karelia website.

The trails can also be found in the outdooractive application (downloadable from application stores), which has a map of the trails.

Make sure the information is correct on the spot.

Maps and coordinates

Destination on Google Maps

Coordinates / National Land Survey of Finland – MapSite website:
N = 6814146.802 E = 528823.748 (ETRS-TM35FIN)


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