Experience the magnificent village milieu and the windmill
Along the Suomalansaarentie road, near the windmill, there is also a monument installed in memory of the church builders who lived in the village between 1750 and 1850.
Suomalansaarentie continues from Rahikkala to Suomalansaari island. The road runs along the esker ridge between Ketvelinniemi and Kermanniemi, which is a Saimaa Geopark geosite.
More information about the windmill can be found on the VisitSavitaipale website.
The geological basis of the village landscape is the till-covered rock-hill, the top of which (105 m above sea level) rises about 29 m above the surface of Lake Saimaa. The till is a type of soil layered by a continental ice sheet that contains granules of all sizes from clay to large boulders. To the east and south of Suomalansaarentie is bounded by a gentle south-facing moraine slope consisting of till. It has been found early on as a favorable growing base because the entire slope has been cleared into fields despite the stonyness of the moraine. The stone masses obtained as a by-product of the clearing work have been rolled to the edges of the field patches and piled into massive stone walls. Field patches, surrounded by stone walls, tall cypress-like junipers and an old style windmill make the landscape exceptional.
A noteworthy detail is also the 5-6 m high erratic boulder made of rapakivi granite on the north side of Suomalansaarentie, known as Julmakivi and marked with the name on the maps. The boulder has moved into place with the continental ice sheet during the last ice age.
Image: Arto Hämäläinen