The 1.5km long and curved Huuhanranta sandy beach is one of Saimaa’s longest, and is therefore fondly known as the “Saimaa Riviera”. Huuhanranta is part of the Kyläniemi ice-marginal formation and it is characterised by ancient shorelines from several different development stages; the Baltic ice lake (approx. 105-106msl), the South Saimaa ice lake (approx. 91-92msl) and Greater Saimaa (approx. 83msl). Huuhanranta is a recreational site managed by the South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas. Recreational services can be found at the western end of the open beach. Huuhanranta has also Saimaa Geopark signs.

Ancient channel systems carved out by glacial meltwater can be seen in some shoreline deposits at the Huuhanranta area. Modern Saimaa’s beach ridges and shore walls are also found near the shore. In addition, to the southeast of the shore there is a wide rocky area which consists of mica gneiss featuring grooves eroded by the ice sheet. The shoreline rocks feature an interface between mica gneiss and tonalite, two expansive rock type areas.

Flora and fauna that can withstand dryness and large fluctuations in temperature thrive on the sunny southern ridges of Huuhanranta. Sand pink (Dianthus arenarius) are one of the plant species found in the ancient beach banks at Huuhanranta.

Contents of the Saimaa Geopark sign at Huuhanranta car park (pdf)

Contents of the sign along the path to Huuhanranta beach (pdf)

Huuhanranta is one of the destinations in the From Ancient Sea to Saimaa trail: Guidebook for the From the Ancient Sea to Saimaa trail (pdf)

You can find the From Ancient Sea to Saimaa route description and instructions for arrival from the contents of the Outdoor Active platform: A geological guide to southern Lake Saimaa

You can also find more information about the Huuhanranta here

Videos made of Ruokolahti’s geosites can be watched on the Ruokolahti municipality’s YouTube channel.

There is also a video of Huuhanranta on Saimaa Geopark’s Youtube channel


Coordinates: x=574809,516 y=6800986,523 (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: 61.335749973, 28.398017043 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Kaisa-Maria Remes


  • Suitable for children
  • Campfire place
  • Parking
  • Beach