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 an eye-catching erosion bank up to 20m tall in the western part of the tip of Rastinniemi.

Rastinniemi is also one of the sites of the South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas. In addition to the recreation info in the area’s signposts, there are information about Rastinniemi’s geology.

Contents of the Rastinniemi sign (pdf)

When driving to Rastinniemi by car there is a ferry across Kutvele Canal. There is a Saimaa Geopark sign (pdf) on the ferry shore that tells about Kyläniemi.

Rastinniemi is one of the destinations in the From Ancient Sea to Saimaa trail: Guidebook for the From the Ancient Sea to Saimaa trail (pdf)

You can find the From Ancient Sea to Saimaa route description and instructions for arrival from the contents of the Outdoor Active platform:  A geological guide to southern Lake Saimaa

You can also find information about the Rastinniemi here


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

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

The below coordinates are working in Google maps services.

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


Image: Hannu Rönty


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