The Saimaa Seal trail forms a network of paths in the diverse range of landscapes near Saimaa. The path leads through heathy esker terrain, lush wetlands and rocky lookout points.

The area of Saimaa Seal trail emerged from underneath the continental ice sheet during Saimaa’s ice lake stage around 11,500 years ago. The types of rock found are typical to the area; mica gneiss and granite pegmatite. Kettles and ancient shore terraces add a little extra to the landscape. The Greater Saimaa stage shorelines along the path are a little over 84msl.

The path is marked and there are Saimaa Geopark signs, swimming places, campfire spots and an accessible lean-to shelter along the way.

Map of the Saimaa Seal trail (pdf)

Contents of the Saimaa Geopark sign at Kaivanto car park (pdf)

Contents of signposts along the Saimaa Seal trail (pdf)

Route description of the Saimaa Seal trail and instructions for arrival

You can also find information about the Saimaa Seal trail here

Watch a video of the Saimaa Seal trail on Saimaa Geopark’s YouTube channel

The Puumala art path combines art and geology in the landscapes of the Saimaa seal trail! Along the path, there are eight checkpoints through which the geological secrets of landscape paintings are revealed. Check out the Puumala art path here (


Coordinates: x=562026,200 y=6818368,600 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

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The below coordinates are working in Google maps service, which uses geographic coordinates:

Coordinates: 61.494009862, 28.164989487 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Riina Kaikkonen


  • Privy
  • Suitable for children
  • Campfire place
  • Viewing point
  • Parking
  • Beach