The Juva area is part of the expansive Pieksämäki drumlin field which formed during the last ice age. The powerful flow of the continental ice sheet in the area caused the materials at the bottom of the glacier to layer in smooth ridges, or drumlins. The orientation of the drumlins depicts the direction of the glacier’s movement.

In the Juva area, the height of the drumlins ranges from barely discernible surface formations to ridges up to 20m high. The ridges can be kilometres in length, and often the drumlin material has been formed behind rock cores. Juva`s church is built on top of the drumlin tail from nearby rocks.

Saimaa Geopark sign (pdf) is located along the Juvantie road between the church and the municipal building.

Three panels in the sign open up different contents on your mobile device (a series of panels beginning with the title “Discover the hidden treasures of Lake Saimaa”). You need the free Salmi AR app to view the content. Content includes pictures, videos, audio narration, and peepholes. You’ll find information about Suvorov’s time, wartime, and industrialization, and get to see what the area looked like 11,000 years ago and how the ancestors lived. The contents are currently available only in Finnish. Instructions for downloading the Salmi AR application (pdf)

You can also find more information about the Juva area here


Coordinates: x=544985,100 y=6863145,900(ETRS-TM35FIN)

The above coordinates are working in GPS-devices and for example in service.

The below coordinates are working in Google maps service, which uses geographic coordinates:

Coordinates: 61.898288383, 27.856031937 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Kaisa-Maria Remes


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