Lietvesi is typical Saimaa north of the Salpausselkäs: the labyrinthine watercourse area is punctuated by rocky islands and intersected by a stretchs of eskers, remnants from the ice age. Typically for the area, the main type of rock in the bedrock is garnet-cordierite-mica gneiss intersected by granite dikes. There is also an ancient, steep-sloped hill fort nearby which features remnants of rocky embankments. The hill fort is located on the southwestern shore of Ihantsalo.

There is a resting place, where you can admire beautiful landscapes, on the island called Rapeikko on Lietvedentie road. During the summer months there is a kiosk at the small parking area.

There is also a Saimaa Geopark sign at the resting place (pdf)

You can also find more information about the Lietvesi scenic road and how to get there here


Coordinates: x=551161,358 y=6824414,769 (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: 61.549870023, 27.962638241 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Arto Hämäläinen


  • Viewing point
  • Parking