Karhusaari is located around a kilometre from the Lappeenranta harbour and is accessible on skis and ice skates during the winter. The island is rocky, and in many areas covered only by a thin layer of moss.

As is typical for the area, the Karhusaari rocks consist mainly of mica gneiss with granite sections. Special features of glacial plucking and the washing of waves over open rock can also be seen. In rocks at the island’s north tip which contain mica gneiss inclusions, some of the mica gneisses have weathered more than the rest of the rock. The weathered parts have contained layers and concretions of limestone, coal and sulphur, and now form interesting shapes on the surface of the rock.

Karhusaari is the site of the South Karelian Foundation for Recreational Areas. On the island you will find eg. lean-to shelter and  Saimaa Geopark sign.

Contents of the Saimaa Geopark sign in Karhusaari (pdf)

You can also find more information about the Karhusaari here

Karhusaari had a popular dance pavilion in the 40s and 50s that burned down in the late 1970s.  Read the story Karhusaari (pdf) made in the Rural Explorer project, which conveys the atmosphere of the old dance place (Story: Pekka Vartiainen, Translation: Annira Silver)


Coordinates: x=563912,152 y=6772032,719 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

The above coordinates are working in GPS-devices and karttapaikka.fi services.

The below coordinates are working in Google maps services:

Coordinates: 61.077811371, 28.184623685 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Hanna Ollikainen


  • Privy
  • Suitable for children
  • Melonta
  • Campfire place
  • Boating