The Rastinniemi recreational area located on the tip of Kyläniemi is an eye-catching part of the Second Salpausselkä’s ice-marginal formation. The area features shoreline marks formed at different times at various elevations – the highest shoreline in Rastinniemi was formed in the late Baltic ice lake stage and is currently 105msl. Below the highest shoreline are some 3-4m high banks at approx. 92msl formed during the Saimaa ice lake stage. In addition there are also lots of banks and beach ridges formed during the Greater Saimaa stage (82-83msl). There is also an eye-catching erosion bank up to 20m tall in the western part of the tip of Rastinniemi. Rastinniemi is one of the sites of the South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas and there will be a Saimaa Geopark sign.

Contents of the Rastinniemi sign: https://saimaageopark.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/rastinniemi_1908_web.pdf

When driving to Rastinniemi by car there are a ferry across Kutvele Canal. There is a Saimaa Geopark sign on the ferry shore that tells about Kyläniemi: https://saimaageopark.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/kylaniemi_1907_web.pdf

Rastinniemi is one of the destinations in the From Ancient Sea to Saimaa trail. The route guide can be found here and route description and instructions for arrival: https://ekarjala-retkeily.fi/en/routes-and-destinations/destination/?id=38724678

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

 

Coordinates: x=559839,729 y=6794623,939 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

The above coordinates are working in GPS-devices and karttapaikka.fi services.

The below coordinates are working in Google maps services.

Coordinates: 61.281230071, 28.116304947 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))

 

Image: Hannu Rönty

Location

  • Separation of solid waste
  • Privy
  • Suitable for children
  • Campfire place
  • Parking
  • Waste disposal
  • Beach