What is Syrjävaara?
The name, Syrjävaara, means a remote wooded hill.
It is a name of the village and the farm. The farm over 300 years old and Finland’s first star park and dark nature reserve. It is in the middle of a hilly landscape in northern Savonia. In the park you can experience the night nature, the starry sky and the northern lights, in all its forms from the full moon to the darkest darkness of autumn.
Check out our exhibitions and visit the observatory or take part in our excursions and courses.
In the sky of Syrjävaara right now
The image of the sky camera in Syrjävaara is updated every minute at night. On a cloudy night, the sky is completely black because there is no wasted light in the area. When the starry sky opens, night clouds and northern lights appear, if any. The camera is aimed at the northern horizon. On the top of the hill you can see even the weak northern lights of distant Lapland, which you cannot see in the lowlands and near the settlement.
Syrjävaara Farm is part of the main farm established in the 1660s. Its settlement was born during the Great Northern War in the early 18th century when the people moved from the main village to hide from the persecutor. It was the largest house in the new village and the village got its name from it. The estate was redeemed as a legacy estate in 1840. It has an unbroken chain of settlements over 300 years old. Family has always been living there, so it has not been museumed. Nor was it converted into a dairy farm, and the old one was never destroyed.
The current main building was built in 1928 from the logs of an earlier 19th century house. The oldest structures in the courtyard district are in a manure floor barn, which still uses planks from an 18th-century house. There are twelve acres of fields and meadows around the yard that are currently being restored. They are surrounded by more than a mile of original stone fences. Old meadow plants have survived in the yard and are slowly spreading back into the house’s surroundings.