The Rokansaari is an esker island with its various formations. The area has eg. kettle ponds and shore formations, e.g. beach banks and ridges that were created during the different lake stages of Lake Saimaa. Rokansaari island also has World War I trenches dug into the sand and a Stone Age dwelling site. The Rokansaari recreation area has quays, a summer café, rental cottages, two saunas and campfire sites. Cottage renters have access to rowing boats for rowing on to the island.

The Rokansaari esker island is part of a 150km long fragmented stretch of esker which begins in Pieksämäki and ends at the tip of Kyläniemi near Niittylahti-Härkkimyksenhiekka. The Rokansaari area emerged from underneath the continental ice sheet 11,500-11,400 years ago, when the area was lapped by the waters of the Saimaa ice lakes. Nowadays the Rokansaari landscape is dominated by kettle ponds and various shore features, such as beach banks and ridges formed during Saimaa’s various stages. Traces of human history left on the island include trenches dug into the sandy ground and a Stone-Age dwelling site.

The Rokansaari recreation area is owned by the Saimaa Association for Recreation Areas. On the shore of the excursion harbor you will find a Saimaa Geopark sign, which tells you about the area’s geology and island services, as well as visitor’s etiquette.

Contents of the Rokansaari Geopark sign:

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


Coordinates: x=555956,600 y=6816775,800 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

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The below coordinates are working in Google maps services.

Coordinates: 61.478192283, 28.049076813 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Sanna Poutamo/ Saimaan virkistysalueyhdistys ry


  • Separation of solid waste
  • Privy
  • Suitable for children
  • Campfire place
  • Boating