Saimaa Geopark in southern Saimaa, will show off Saimaa and its attractions. It will open up the story of the geology, nature and human life of the vast lake basin in a brand new way.

The Geopark will create a sustainable framework for developing nature tourism in South Saimaa

Developing sustainable tourism and local entrepreneurship is more important than ever, as interest in nature tourism in Saimaa is growing. Increasing public recognition of southern Saimaa is also needed to boost the economy of the entire region. It is hoped that geological tourism will help, and a lasting framework for devolving nature tourism in southern Saimaa can be created with the help of the international Geopark operations model. The aim is to establish Saimaa Geopark in the regions of South Karelia and South Savo.


General Instructions for Nature Exploration

  • Protect nature on your part.
  • Do not disturb wild animals and plants.
  • Let other people enjoy the peace and quiet of nature too.
  • Always clear away your own rubbish and do not leave other items in the terrain.

Lighting a Campfire

In nature lighting a campfire is only allowed at the designated campfire sites.

The firewood in the firewood shelters is intended for the use of the visitors.

If you light a campfire, also make sure you extinguish it.

Litter-free Hiking

On nature excursions, always carry out what you carry in!


In an emergency, dial 112.

Inform the operator of your location and what has happened and listen to their instructions.


how to get here

Cities in the area(Lappeenranta, Mikkeli and Imatra) can be reached by train.

Timetables for the trains can be found here

Municipalities in the area (Juva, Ruokolahti, Sulkava, Taipalsaari, Savitaipale and Puumala) can be reached by bus.

Timetables for the buses can be found here or here

saimaa geopark`s geological trails and paths

Saimaa Geopark`s geological trails and paths are listed here and can be found from Outdoor Actives website. Search by name Saimaa Geopark.