Neitvuori is a well-known lookout point with fantastic views over labyrinthine Luonteri. An extensive network of paths, some of which are marked, reveals active use of the area, but Neitvuori also has a place in folklore: it is said to be a court for snakes, and it is thought to be named after a maiden who fell down the scarp when fleeing the Russians during the Great Northern War. The area’s bedrock consists of migmatites formed of mica gneiss and granite, characterised by fractures and faults. Neitvuori is a more intact segment of bedrock which has remained higher than its surroundings.

Neitvuori could perhaps have been a sacred place for our distant ancestors. Neitvuori’s previous name of Hiidenvuori could indicate this. In the old days, people referred to sacred groves and burial grounds as “hiisi”. There are plenty of places beginning with ‘hiisi’ in the nearby area, such as places named Hiidenmaa around Neitvuori.

Saimaa Geopark sign at Neitvuori: https://saimaageopark.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/neitvuori_1910_web.pdf

There are several observation and rest points with places to make a fire on the Neitvuori routes, including the Hiidenkota lean-to on the Hiidenkierros route. Hikers should reserve sufficient time for hiking through the challenging terrain. The Hiidenlahti quay is near the Neitvuori parking area.

Description of the Neitvuori routes and instructions for arrival: https://ekarjala-retkeily.fi/en/routes-and-destinations/destination/?id=39482353

You can also find information about the Neitvuori recreation spot on the South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas’ webpages.

 

Coordinates: x=539728,600 y=6837703,000 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

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Coordinates: 61.669559004, 27.745662632 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))

 

Image: Arto Hämäläinen

Location

  • Campfire place
  • Viewing point
  • Parking
  • Boating