A walk through time.
Anyone interested in the pre-history of Europe will be fascinated by Astuvansalmi rock paintings dating from 3800-2200 BC, on the steeply rising bedrock on the shore of Lake Yovesi some 16km from Ristiina Church, south of Mikkeli.
Of the 90 rock painting sites in Finland, the Astuvansalmi paintings are easily the largest and most diverse entity, not just in Finland but in all of Scandinavia.
In a space measuring about 17m long and 5.5m high, over 80 designs and figures painted in ochre have been identified, including representations of humans, boats, and elks, along with paw and hand prints. The site can be reached by boat or by way of a 3km path.
And through wineries...
There are also three Finnish wineries near Mikkeli:
Ollinmäen Viinitila produces delicious Finnish berry and fruit wines, ciders and liquors, and is just 18 km from the city.
Tyry Winery, 60km from Mikkeli, produces Finnish berry wines, liqueurs, wine distillates and moonshine mustard.
Termola Winery is located on Niinisaari island in Puumula and produces prize winning wines from black, red and white currants.