The city of Mikkeli is built primarily on top of a stretch of esker formed through glacial deposition. The same stretch of esker continues right the way up to another Geopark municipality, Savitaipale. One of the geosites is also part of the same stretch of esker – Kaihunharju. The history of the area’s formation will be described in more detail under the description of Kaihunharju.

The Kaihu Trail of Kaihunharju is accessible from Mikkelipuisto Park and next to the parking area of the park is the Saimaa Geopark signpost.

Contents of the sign at the Mikkelipuisto Park (pdf)

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)

Route description of the Kaihu trail and instructions for arrival

You can also find information about the Mikkelipuisto here


Coordinates: x=514960,600 y=6838223,000 (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: 61.676928540, 27.282643729 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Mikkelipuistoyhdistys


  • Suitable for children
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Parking