Näe ja koe GEOKOHTEET Kärnäkoski fortress

Kärnäkoski fortress, place for guarding the area of Lake Saimaa

No stone was excavated to build the fortress; instead, the boulders used were collected from nearby terrain. The stones include dark amphibolite, grey mica gneiss, tonalite and granodiorite, and are mostly rectangular. Some of the boulders are also roundish; these do not represent the local bedrock and were apparently glacially transported from a few kilometres away. Some of the fortress’ foundations have been restored by the National Board of Antiquities.

The fortification works of the Kärnäkoski fortress were organised by a famous Russian general, Aleksander Suvorov, who also managed the construction of four Suvorov canals named after him.

There is a Saimaa Geopark sign at the car park of fortress, which tells about the geology and history of the area.

To the south of the Partakoskentie road is a path to the smaller defence fortification known as the hill fortress. Along the way there is a lean-to shelter and the old barge harbour under the water of Lake Kuolimo. 


When visiting Kärnäkoski, please note, to use parking areas. The road should be kept clear. Please also respect the boundaries of private areas. 

In summer, sheep work as gardeners in the fort, and bringing dogs into the fort is prohibited. Give the sheep possibility to full fill their task. 

Image: Arto Hämäläinen