Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

October 14, 2011

Savonlinna

In English:

Why Savonlinna (27 660 inhabitants)? The only and one excellent reason is, that it is famous for its castle of Olavinlinna. How is this small town looking like? Another point of interest is its small port from which many old lake ships make cruises around nearby lakes and longer trips to other towns. Those cruises last from one hour upto two days. Many of those old steam ships are old. For example the steam ship Punkaharju (photos 6 -9) is built in 1905.

Savonlinna has also small market with variety of sales. I think that some peculiarities are things made from birch gnarls / burls which are in silver birches. Good gnarls are not so easy to find in our forests, but in the hand of wood artist he can make interesting things.

En español:

¿Por qué Savonlinna (27 660 habitantes)? La razón por la excelente y sólo uno es que es famosa por su castillo de Olavinlinna. ¿Cómo es esta pequeña ciudad? Otro punto de interés es su pequeño puerto de donde están saliendo muchos barcos antiguos que hacen cruceros en los lagos cercanos y viajes más largos a otras ciudades. Los cruceros duran de uno a dos días. Muchos de los antiguos barcos de vapor son viejos. Por ejemplo, el barco de vapor Punkaharju (fotos de seis a nueve) se construyó en 1905.

Savonlinna también tiene un pequeño mercado con la variedad de las ventas. Creo que algunas de las peculiaridades son las cosas hechas de Nudos de abedul. Gnarls bien no son tan fáciles de encontrar en nuestros bosques, pero en la mano del artista de madera que puede hacer cosas interesantes.

En francais:

Pourquoi Savonlinna (27 660 habitants)? La seule et une excellente raison, c’est qu’elle est célèbre pour son château d’ Olavinlinna. Comment est cette petite ville ressemblant? Un autre point d’intérêt est le petit port d’ou des nombreux navires ancien font des croisières autour des lacs à proximité et les trajets plus longs vers d’autres villes. Ceux croisières durent de un à deux jours. Beaucoup de ces anciens bateaux à vapeur sont vieux. Par exemple, le bateau à vapeur Punkaharju (photos 6 -9) est construit en 1905.

Savonlinna a aussi petit marché avec une variété de ventes. Je pense que certaines particularités sont les choses faites de broussins de bouleau. Bonnes broussins ne sont pas si faciles à trouver dans nos forêts, mais dans la main de l’artiste du bois, il peut faire des choses intéressantes.

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Do not miss these posts / No te olvides de estos correos / Ne manquez pas de ces messages

Savonlinna cruising 1 / Savonlinna crucero 1 / Savonlinna croisière 1

Castle of Olavinlinna in summer / Castillo de Olavinlinna en verano / Château de Olavinlinna en été

Castle of Olavinlinna in winter / Castillo de Olavinlinna en invierno / Château de Olavinlinna en hiver

30 Comments »

  1. Bonjour Matti,
    Que de charme ces bateaux, et encore une fois, le travail du bois mis à l’honneur.
    Sacré contraste entre l’animation colorée estivale et la paralysie hivernale sur le port.
    Passe un bon week-end

    Comment by Marion B. — October 14, 2011 @ 09:29 | Reply

  2. Bonjour Marion.

    Je me réjouis de ton commentaire. Je te remercie. Savonlinna est une ville parmi les villes que j’aime en Finlande. D’autres exemples pourrait être Porvoo, Rauma, Naantali et Hanko et Pispala à Tampere.

    Vraiment tu as raison de parler du contraste entre l’été et l’hiver.

    Bon week-end à toi aussi.

    Comment by sartenada — October 14, 2011 @ 10:18 | Reply

  3. Bonjour Sartenada,

    Encore une belle trouvaille! Ces bateaux sont splendides avec leur recouvrement en bois. L’art est toujours au rendez-vous, la sculpture sur bois semble être maîtrisée avec brio. J’ai eu un sursaut en voyant tes photos d’hiver qui contrastent avec tes images d’été. Un beau partage.

    Je te souhaite un superbe week-end! xx

    Comment by annejutras — October 14, 2011 @ 12:36 | Reply

    • Bonjour Anne.

      Je suis très heureux que mes photos de cette town presque inconnue te faire de plaisir á vous. Nous avons des milliers de lacs et de cette petite ville est excellent endroit pour étudier nos paysages ici dans le Nord.

      Superb week-end á toi aussi.

      Comment by sartenada — October 14, 2011 @ 13:00 | Reply

  4. Those are some pretty interesting wood carvings! What a beautiful town. I’m always impressed at how bright and colorful your towns are.

    Comment by kateri — October 14, 2011 @ 12:51 | Reply

    • Hi Kateri.

      Thank You. Those wood carvings are made from material found in the nature from our trees. Mainly they are old tree Gnarls, mainly from birch. I think that In Your country one can find Gnarls also, it might have another name Burl. Here they are very popular among those people who are able to treat them and make some “artistic” things.

      Thank You for Your comment.

      Comment by sartenada — October 14, 2011 @ 13:13 | Reply

  5. Wow! I can’t believe that y’all have warm enough weather for shirtless and sleeveless days!

    Sooo… Is the castle open to the public? And the armored knight? Does he represent someone in particular?

    Your world is so alive with a population that loves the water! The same is true for here, especially, where we’re surrounded by water. What’s the fascination?

    I’m thinking that, when it’s cold, everything ices over; and it’s freezing cold weather there. Brrr. Y’all must be quite the rugged pioneers to tolerate such changes in temperatures.

    So, while the photos sans ice are beautiful, the idea of a snow-white environment in the wintertime gives me the chills.

    Hot cocoa or hot tea, anyone?

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — October 14, 2011 @ 14:52 | Reply

    • Hi Deli.

      Castle is open for public nearly year-round. Cold, hmm, it is a matter of dressing, believe me!!! Hot cocoa or hot tea, well that is good start, but we have our own Vodka too (Finlandia Vodka); maybe it could to heat.🙂 Okay I was joking. The record of our heat was measured in 2010. It was + 37.2 ºC / 98.96 ºF. Isn’t it nearly warm?

      Thank You for Your visit on my site and making comments.

      Have a lovely Friday!

      Comment by sartenada — October 14, 2011 @ 17:20 | Reply

  6. I love the small boats all lined up on the shore.. the colours are fabulous! the big boats are beautiful too, the elegance of a bygone age. beautiful quilts again in the market, but I think that some of those wood carved faces would definitely scare my kids!

    Comment by kiwidutch — October 14, 2011 @ 17:53 | Reply

    • Hi Kiwidutch.

      Those small boats lined up on the shore serve the citizens of Savonlinna. They go with them to their summer houses / cottages. To have a summer house on some small island is very general in those towns which have lakes. Yes, they might scare some small children indeed.

      Thank You for Your comment. Have a happy Saturday!

      Comment by sartenada — October 15, 2011 @ 11:24 | Reply

  7. Quelle charmante ville, animée, colorée ! Les beaux bateaux de bois, les plages verdoyantes, l’ambiance décontractée d’un été finlandais. J’aime particulièrement les photos 19, 36 et 37. Jolie exposition de sculptures sur bois et de céramique. Merci Matti.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — October 14, 2011 @ 21:33 | Reply

    • Bonjour Isa.

      Eh bien, maintenant tu vois que il y a de la vie en dehors d’Helsinki.🙂 Ma série d’Helsinki commencera après deux semainesjusqu’à Noël. Ton choix de photos est excellente, moi j’aime aussi la photo numero trentesept.

      Belle journée á toi.

      Comment by sartenada — October 15, 2011 @ 11:33 | Reply

  8. Savonlinna is a delightful town. I especially like the waterfront and all those boats that make cruises from there. The boat that is over 100 years old is in remarkably wonderful condition. The talent of the wood carvers is unbelievable. Thanks for sharing this wonderful place with us. I like the fact that you included winter pictures as well.

    Comment by seniorhiker — October 15, 2011 @ 02:04 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      I am very glad that we have kept these old steam ships in good condition. In the town of Savonlinna there is a small, very active dock where many historic ships are maintained and others of course.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Comment by sartenada — October 15, 2011 @ 11:37 | Reply

  9. I love those old ships. I could certainly enjoy cruising the lakes in one, but probably most in the natural wood-finished one in #40!

    Comment by montucky — October 15, 2011 @ 04:02 | Reply

    • Hello Montucky.

      So nice to read that You loved these old ships. To cruise on one is an experience, a journey to the history, no hurry, no luxury, but just to enjoy about life. It is the beauty the number 40 also in my eyes and that’s why I photographed it.

      Thank You for Your interest and comment.

      Comment by sartenada — October 15, 2011 @ 11:42 | Reply

  10. Hello! How are you?
    What have you been up to lately?
    Went to Kuala Lumpur last week.
    Had a great time there.
    Tomorrow, will be going to Singapore.
    Next week, will be flying back to London.

    Comment by London Caller — October 16, 2011 @ 11:47 | Reply

    • Hello London Caller.

      Thank You asking. I’ve been taking things easy. I made only one photographic trip this week. There were at same time two quilt shows in different two towns, so I spent nice day driving and photographing.

      Your travels are much bigger than mine.🙂 I have not been in Kuala Lumpur, but in Singapore yes. Welcome back!

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by sartenada — October 16, 2011 @ 16:16 | Reply

  11. Matti, Thanks for showing this little pearl of a town in Finland. And I like those figures of woodwork, very creative, I think I will buy one when I come to Finland and visit all those nice places, you show us here on your blog!

    Comment by truels — October 16, 2011 @ 18:53 | Reply

    • Hello Truels.

      Thank You. It was so nice to read that You loved this small town. Well, on many markets of small towns they sell some wooden works created by “innovative” people. I have not been thinking this earlier, but next year I have to see them with keener eye.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by sartenada — October 17, 2011 @ 06:09 | Reply

  12. This location looks very interesting… Beautiful ships, a gorgeous castle, etc, etc…
    It must have been a great photographic day, I’m sure you had a lot of fun !
    Have a wonderful day Matti🙂

    Comment by Tamara — October 17, 2011 @ 14:19 | Reply

    • Hello Tamara.

      I am very happy that You love my post. The town is very special when adding its medieval castle to its sightseeing.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by sartenada — October 17, 2011 @ 16:07 | Reply

  13. Guten Abend Matti,
    Savolinna is a very nice place. The port is very interesting for tourists. On these ships, I would also like to make a harbor cruise. The old ship Punkaharju looks very well preserved. It’s hard to believe that the ship is built in 1905th In the images 23 to 25, I like the view of the harbor, the island and the beach. Also interesting is the market, including the stalls with different offers. The quilts and wood carvings please me very well. In Figures 13 and 30 I like the wooden heads. They seem original. The photo series from the castle Olavinlinna I looked at it. It is an admirable castle and well worth a look. The red restaurant flamed salmon, in Figure 41 is very welcoming. Tourists can not miss it. At the Christmas market in Cologne is offered flamed salmon. It tastes delicious. I never get enough of it. The images 45 to 47 are a dream. The snow gives a special charm to this place. Especially nice is Figure 47. The glistening snow is beautifully expressed in this photo. A nice end for this series. I am grateful for the fact that I share in this series again and could look forward to the next. It follows a short e-mail with a surprise for you. Thank you for all the kind comments on my photos in my blog. I wish you and Anya, all the best for your health and common everyday ways. God bless you both.
    Dear greetings from Christel

    Comment by Christel — October 18, 2011 @ 00:08 | Reply

    • Guten morgen.

      I am grateful that You took a look at Olavinlinna post. Isn’t fantastic how snow can change the landscape?

      Savonlinna is really small town, but it has to some great experiences to its visitors. Next year, sometimes in the spring I show how my cruise on the lake was. Thank You commenting.

      I wünsche ihnen einen schönen Mittwoch.

      Comment by sartenada — October 18, 2011 @ 06:24 | Reply

  14. I just love your photos. The boats are so beautiful and the wood carvings are fantastic!
    Have a great day!!

    Comment by alskamom — October 18, 2011 @ 01:32 | Reply

    • Hello Alskamom.

      Thank You for Your visit and leaving nice comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — October 18, 2011 @ 06:26 | Reply

  15. I love the contrast between summer and winter that you show in your photos. Janet

    Comment by harpingjanet — October 18, 2011 @ 21:04 | Reply

    • Hi Janet.

      I am glad that You love my idea to show the contrast between summer and winter. Winter is beautiful in its own way, but I prefer summer and warm.🙂

      Thank You commenting.

      Comment by sartenada — October 19, 2011 @ 06:32 | Reply

  16. Such beautiful photos of Savonlinna bringing back so many happy memories and it looks so different in winter, hopefully I get to see it like that one day too. Thank you for the link to this post – I’ve enjoyed reading it. Kind Regards, Marion

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller — August 16, 2016 @ 10:26 | Reply


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