Experience Finland's fourth longest bridge
The Puumalansalmi deep channel combines the southern and northern Saimaa water routes. Log floating and freight traffic keep the waterway busy for approximately 8 months per year. At Puumalansalmi you can also see the pilots change shift, as foreign vessels must navigate Saimaa under the guidance of a local pilot. From the harbor you can take the elevator (also with a bike) to the bridge’s light traffic road and admire the views of the strait. You can also continue along the bridge to the Saimaa Seal trail. At the harbor at the foot of the bridge is a Saimaa Geopark sign, which tells about the geology of the area.
Saimaa Geopark sign at Puumala harbor. Three panels in the sign open up different contents on your mobile device (a series of panels beginning with the title “Discover the hidden treasures of Lake Saimaa”). You need the free Salmi AR app to view the content. Content includes pictures, videos, audio narration, and peepholes. You’ll find information about Suvorov’s time, wartime, and industrialization, and get to see what the area looked like 11,000 years ago and how the ancestors lived. The contents are currently available only in Finnish.
Image: Matti Vainikka