The Saimaa Seal trail forms a network of paths in the diverse range of landscapes near Saimaa. The path leads through heathy esker terrain, lush wetlands and rocky lookout points. The area emerged from underneath the continental ice sheet during Saimaa’s ice lake stage around 11,500 years ago. The types of rock found are typical to the area; mica gneiss and granite pegmatite. Kettles and ancient shore terraces add a little extra to the landscape. The Greater Saimaa stage shorelines along the path are a little over 84msl. The path is marked and there are Saimaa Geopark signs and swimming and campfire spots along the way.

Contents of the Saimaa Geopark sign at Kaivanto car park: https://saimaageopark.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/norppapolku_1904_web.pdf

Contents of signposts along the Saimaa Seal trail: https://saimaageopark.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/norppapolku_a3_1905_web.pdf

Route description of the Saimaa Seal trail and instructions for arrival: https://ekarjala-retkeily.fi/en/routes-and-destinations/destination/?id=39734308

 

Coordinates: x=562144,812 y=6818388,253 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

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

The below coordinates are working in Google maps services.

Coordinates: 61.494167213, 28.167223345 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))

 

Image: Riina Kaikkonen

Location

  • Privy
  • Suitable for children
  • Campfire place
  • Viewing point
  • Parking
  • Beach