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  • Around Saksala there are many interesting places to visit.
    The history of this area is very special and everywhere are nature paths, museums and routes to visit, enjoy and to find the background of this unknown country.


    Lusto The Finnish Forest Museum
    in the rural area of Punkaharju near of Savonlinna           

    pictures from Lusto the Finnish Forest Museum

    Lusto is a national museum and science centre of international importance focusing on Finnish forest culture and illustrating the interaction between man and the forest from the past to the future. The forest has always formed the cornerstone of Finnish culture and the basis of livelihood for Finns. Lusto’s exhibitions, events, work demonstrations, theme days and audiovisual shows provide a diverse and illustrative insight into the significance of forests in the life of Finns. Lusto is sure to appeal to visitors of all ages. Lusto is situated in the rural district of Punkaharju in south-eastern Finland, at the heart of the Saimaa lake district and right next to the Punkaharju Conservation Area. Punkaharju Ridge, a seven-kilometre ice-age esker flanked by lakes, is one of the best-known areas of high national landscape value in Finland and has an intriguing natural and cultural history. The area has a long tradition of tourism and offers a wide variety of tourist services today. Punkaharju lies 300 kilometres from Helsinki, the capital city, and the nearest town, Savonlinna, is about a half an hour’s drive away. Punkaharju can be reached by train and bus, and Savonlinna also has an airport. Welcome to o Lusto! 

    Lusto The Finnish Forest Museum Lustontie 1 58450 PUNKAHARJU Finland Phone +358 15 345 100 Telefax +358 15 345 1050 lusto@lusto.fii

    on the website of LUSTO in Punkaharjo you can find more information

    impressions of the surroundings of the art centre and impressions of artists.

    The impression of the artist Ilse van den Berk 'Finland winter 2009-2010' can be found on Flickr. Ilse has been in the artist-in-residence program in 2007-2008 and has participated in the Nordic collaboration project CROSSROADS SAKSALANHARJU.

    The  artist impression 'Oh Finland' of Cassie Thornton can be found on Flickr. Cassie has been in the artist-in-residence program 2007-2008.

    The Austrian artist Gerlinde Miesenboeck has published her view on Saksala on Flickr in summer 2009.

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