Twenty-three kilometres northwest of Lohja, and 5km north of the village of Sammatti, just off Rd 104, is Paikkari Cottage, the birthplace of Elias Lönnrot, compiler of the Kalevala. It’s an endearing cottage set amid summer-flowering meadows that would have motivated Lönnrot’s Arcadian vision but today inspire picnics. Inside there’s a small museum that includes Lönnrot's kantele (Karelian stringed instrument).