Naisvuori is a mica gneiss hill in the city centre of Mikkeli. It rises around 25m above its surroundings. The hill’s gentle northwest slope follows the same direction as the schistosity of the mica gneiss, while the steep southeastern side runs against the schistosity as a result of perpendicular cracking and plucking and erosion by the continental ice sheet, which moved over the hill towards the southeast. There are good views from the top of the hill, which means the spot is excellent for presenting the area’s geology. There is also an observation point café at the top of the hill.

The road that leads to the top of Neitvuori hill goes through the northwestern slope. From the southeast there are steep stone stairs. During the construction of the stairs, the rock wall was quarried in some places. The mica gneiss’ structure and direction of schistosity are clearly discernible in cross-sections of the southeastern side. Schistosity means the direction in which the rock splits into plate-like pieces.

There are different stories about the name of the Naisvuori (the first part, “Nais”, refers to women). One story tells that young women watched the Battle of Porrassalmi from the hill in 1789, while older women climbed the nearby Akkavuori (“Akka” is a nickname for a woman). According to the second story, the women watched the decimation happening in the yard of the Suur-Savo vicarage at the end of the Cudgel War in 1597 from the top of Naisvuori.

There is a Saimaa Geopark sign on the Naisvuori hill (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)

You can also find information about the Naisvuori here


Coordinates: x=514402,989 y=6839932,255 (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: 61.692293673, 27.272244263 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Kaisa-Maria Remes


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