Punkaharju Nature Reserve
The winding road on the esker is lined by a sparse rank of Scots pine trees. The blue waters of Lake Saimaa peek through between their trunks. Punkaharju’s beautiful landscape was already a popular destination in the early 1800s. A nature reserve was later established to nurture the cultural landscape of Punkaharju. In addition to maintained sections of the esker, some areas have been left in their natural state.