The Kaarnavuori cliff rises around 45m above the surface of the lake and was formed in a spot where two fault zones intersect at angles of 110o and 20o. Kaarnavuori is a more intact part of the bedrock than its surroundings and received its castle-like shape when repeated glaciation eroded the more fragmented rocky areas down into deep valleys. One special feature of Kaarnavuori is the 6m x 10m ledge on the upper part of the cliff, the largest such ledge in Finland. The ledge was formed when the mass of rock below it collapsed due to erosion by waves and ice when the waters of ancient Saimaa were higher. One story tells that there is a door under the ledge and behind it, inside the rock giant`s home.

The beautiful Luonteri lake has a steep cliff called Kaarnavuori. The story tells that a giant and his family lived in Kaarnavuori before people settled in the area. The giants’ home was inside a rock and there was a door under a big rock ledge. The giant had painted door with tar and some of the tar still stands out from the rock surface today. Unfortunately, the giants moved away when the first human settlers arrived around Mikkeli and the rock home was left empty. Nobody knows exactly what the inside of the rock looks like, because there is no magic to open the giant’s door. (Kejonen, Aimo (2008). Kansantarinat, Karttakeskus, p. 69)

Kaarnavuori is located on Luonteri in the southern part of Saukonsalo Island. The best way to admire the rugged rock wall and overhanging cliff is by boating or canoeing in Kaarnalahti bay, which opens to the east of Kaarnavuori.

You can also find information about the Kaarnavuori here


Coordinates: x=544625,792 y=6826822,73 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

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Coordinates: 61.572295662, 27.840267812 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Jari Nenonen


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