5 Nice Issues to do Close to Mikkeli, Finland
The attractive metropolis of Mikkeli lies within the south west of Finland’s Lakeland area. It’s a in style vacation vacation spot for the Finns with its quite a few lakes surrounding the town, and infinite summer season cottages and saunas by the water.
Mikkeli is positioned 2 hours northeast of Helsinki, and 1 hour west of Savonlinna. It’s a simple vacation spot to achieve from Helsinki if you’re planning to discover the southern finish of Finland or proceed a street journey up the east of the nation.
We spent three days exploring the world surrounding Mikkeli. Listed below are 5 nice locations which I extremely suggest visiting if you’re going that means too.
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Astunvansalmi Rock Work
The Astunvansalmi Rock Work are a few of the most spectacular historical work in all of northern Europe. Some archaeologists say they date again to 7,500 years in the past. Although their age is a contentious matter.
The work include pictures of people, elks, palms, boats, fish, and what’s regarded as a canine. Some of the distinctive components of those work is the form of the ladies hunter, who’s regarded as Tellervo, the mythic Finnish Goddess of Forests.
The Astunvansalmi Rock Panting are positioned excessive up on the rock face, about 11 meters above the current water ranges of Lake Yövesi. Hundreds of years in the past, the water on this lake was a lot greater. Sooner or later between then and now, a landslide occurred which allowed the lake to attach with the ocean and the water degree dropped fairly dramatically.
Whereas it’s doable to stroll to the work, the climbing path via the forest is poorly signposted. The simplest strategy to get there’s by taking a 20 minute boat journey from Kallioneimi with Otto of Solar Saimaa Excursions. Along with seeing the work, you get to discover the gorgeous Lake Yövesi along with his native information of the world. Otto knowns some nice locations the place you may cease for lunch like a secluded seaside within the lake.
Ollinmaki Berry Vineyard
Finland doesn’t precisely have a grape rising local weather, so extra lately some opportunistic locals have began making wines from berries. To this point there are 24 berry wineries throughout Finland, nevertheless the primary of those was the Ollinmaki Berry Vineyard which is positioned outdoors of Mikkeli.
The Ollinmaki Berry Vineyard has been making wines and ciders from berries and fruits since 1995. At the moment, they’re utilizing apple, black currant, white currant, lingonberry, and wild blueberry to make their vary of wines.
The berry wines style fairly completely different from a standard grape wine. A few of them I cherished, others is likely to be an acquired style. Nonetheless, I extremely recommend you pattern their wines as it is a nice new Finnish tradition which I can see rising enormous sooner or later.
Wish to know what berry wine tastes like? You’re in luck, as a result of the Ollinmaki Vineyard is open for wine tasting from 10am to 8pm on weekdays, and 10am to 6pm weekends. Should you like what you style, then you may as well purchase a complete bottle of their berry wine for about 10 to 15 Euro, significantly cheaper tat shopping for wines in Finland’s alcohol shops.
Tertti Manor Lunch Buffet
The Finns completely love their lunch buffets, and Tertti Manor about 8km east of Mikkeli has one of the vital well-known buffets in your complete nation.
Lately, Finland’s meals tradition has seen a push in the direction of utilizing native produce, and Tertti Manor does simply that. All grains, berries, mushrooms, and greens are grown within the backyard simply behind the restaurant, and all different substances and sourced domestically too.
The previous wood constructing at Tertti Manor has been owned by the identical household for the reason that 1890s. Inside it has been fantastically adorned with vintage furnishings collected from Russian merchants over tons of of years. Once you enter the constructing it actually looks like you will have stepped again in time. It’s an expertise in itself that you simply’re unlikely to have elsewhere in Finland.
It is very important notice that The Grand Summer time Buffet solely runs between 29th June to 11th August annually, and is served between 12pm and 4pm for lunch, and 6pm to 9pm for dinner. The buffet prices roughly 50 Euro per particular person, a bit costly, however properly price it. The restaurant, café, and deli stay open outdoors of those months additionally, nevertheless they only gained’t be serving the summer season buffet menu.
Whether or not or not you plan to eat at Tertti Manor, it’s price stopping by to discover the historic buildings and backyard.
Repovesi Nationwide Park
The Repovesi Nationwide Park is positioned about 78km (1hr drive) south of Mikkeli which makes it an awesome day journey from the town. The dense forest has gorgeous blue ponds and lakes scattered proper via the park, good for climbing, swimming, and kayaking. There are additionally quite a lot of campsites and lean-to shelter the place you may cease to make a barbecue out within the forest.
There are some shorter climbing trails all through Repovesi Nationwide Park, sometimes as much as 5km in size. The most well-liked path is The Ketunlenkki “Fox Path” which makes a circle across the scenic Lake Katajajärvi and crosses the enduring Lapinsalmi suspension bridge.
Observe: the Lapinsalmi suspension bridge was lately broken and must be rebuilt, it’s anticipated to reopen in autumn of 2019.
For extra data on hiring tenting or boating tools within the nationwide park, you may go to the Repovesi Nationwide Park official web site.
Day Journey to Savonlinna
Savonlinna is positioned about 100km (1.5hr drive) east of Mikkeli. It’s a stunning historic metropolis, most iconic for the large Olavinlinnna Citadel. Whereas I do recommend visiting Savonlinna for just a few days and nights, it’s also doable to make a day journey there from Mikkeli.
In the summertime months, the beginning of June to finish of August, a cruise round Savonlinna’s harbour on a standard steamboat is a should do. There are three previous steamboats working the harbour; SS Punkaharju, SS Paul Wahl, and SS Savonlinna (SS denoting Steam Ship). You’ll know which boats they’re because the identify is painted on the aspect.
Steamboat cruises run for about 1.5hrs. They take you across the scenic Lake Saimaa the place you will note many small islands with dotted summer season homes and saunas. Additionally, you will cruise previous the gorgeous Olavinlinnna Citadel, the most well-liked attraction in Savonlinna.
It’s properly price permitting a few hours to go discover Olavinlinna Citadel too. Apart from the attention-grabbing historical past, the citadel has numerous small winding staircases and hidden rooms over a number of ranges that are like a labyrinth to determine. We obtained misplaced in there greater than as soon as!
After all of the exploring you’ll undoubtedly be hungry, and that’s the good time to attempt Savonlinna’s native dish known as Lörsty. It’s like a donut pastry crammed with meat pie after which topped with a cucumber salad. Sounds bizarre, tastes scrumptious. Apparently, it’s fairly tough to discover a good Lörsty wherever outdoors of Savonlinna so make sure you take advantage of this chance!
The place to Keep in Mikkeli
We spent two nights on the gorgeous Anttolanholvi Artwork & Design Villas about 25km south east of Mikkeli. The villas are positioned on the quiet finish of a secluded waterway branching off from the scenic Saimaa Lakes. The villas are surrounded by views of pine forests and quiet lakes, it’s the right Finnish nature escape.
Every villa has its personal sauna, as you’d anticipate. A shocking boardwalk leads from the home all the way down to the lake the place you may soar in for a swim at any time of the day (summer season months really useful). Take a look at Anttolanholvi Artwork & Design Villa on Agoda for availability and pricing.
After all, there are extra price range pleasant lodging choices on the town (see the newest offers on Agoda) or non-public summer season cabins for lease by the water via Airbnb.
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