The 1.5km long and curved Huuhanranta sandy beach is one of Saimaa’s longest, and is therefore fondly known as the “Saimaa Riviera”. Huuhanranta is part of the Kyläniemi ice-marginal formation and it is characterised by ancient shorelines from several different development stages; the Baltic ice lake (approx. 105-106msl), the South Saimaa ice lake (approx. 91-92msl) and Greater Saimaa (approx. 83msl). Ancient channel systems carved out by glacial meltwater can also be seen in some shoreline deposits. Modern Saimaa’s beach ridges and shore walls are also found near the shore. In addition, to the southeast of the shore there is a wide rocky area which consists of mica gneiss featuring grooves eroded by the ice sheet. The shoreline rocks feature an interface between mica gneiss and tonalite, two expansive rock type areas. Flora and fauna that can withstand dryness and large fluctuations in temperature thrive on the sunny southern ridges of Huuhanranta. Sand pink (Dianthus arenarius) are on of the plant species found in the ancient beach banks at Huuhanranta. Recreational services can be found at the western end of the open beach. Huuhanranta has also Saimaa Geopark signs.

Contents of the Saimaa Geopark sign at Huuhanranta car park: https://saimaageopark.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/huuhanranta_1907_web.pdf

Contents of the sign along the path to Huuhanranta beach: https://saimaageopark.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/huuhanranta_a3_1907_web.pdf

Huuhanranta is one of the destinations in the From Ancient Sea to Saimaa trail. The route guide can be found here and route description and instructions for arrival: https://ekarjala-retkeily.fi/en/routes-and-destinations/destination/?id=38724678

You can also find more information about the Huuhanrant on the South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas’ webpages.

 

Coordinates: x=574809,516 y=6800986,523 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

The above coordinates are working in GPS-devices and karttapaikka.fi services.

The below coordinates are working in Google maps services.

Coordinates: 61.335749973, 28.398017043 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))

 

Image: Kaisa-Maria Remes

Location

  • Suitable for children
  • Campfire place
  • Parking
  • Beach