Experience the shorelines of a traditional scenery
The striped mica gneiss in the Liehtalanniemi rocky shores formed 1.9 billion years ago from sand and clay on the ancient seabed. These ancient sediments were transformed into mica gneiss through mountain folding, deep in the Earth’s crust. During the mountain folding, at a depth of around 15km, granitic magma formed or penetrated the semi-solid mica gneiss mass. It crystallised into veins and stripes among the mica gneiss, forming a type of rock we call striped mica gneiss or veined gneiss.
There is a small museum estate in the traditional landscape of Liehtalanniemi. There is also a nature path with informative signs leading along the rocky shores. The Liehtala museum estate forests have been protected since 1980s. You can wander through the archipelago’s lush nature, hear the golden oriole whistling and enjoy the Saimaa scenery along the nature trail.
Image: Kaisa-Maria Remes