Satamosaari island is located along the shipping lane between Lappeenranta and Imatra. The island is a sand and gravel formation of glacial river with soils and various shorelines. The sheltered lagoon of Satamosaari has been created by the melting of a block of ice buried in sand, meaning it is a large kettle open on one side.

Satamosaari is part of a delta formation whose deposits were shaped by a number of ice blocks. Satamosaari’s lagoon-like bay, for example, indicates the location of a chunk of ice during the deposition period, and the island also features a few kettles. The ancient Greater Saimaa shoreline (80msl) is visible along the island’s entire shoreline.

The island has a harbor, three campfire sites, two saunas, a Saimaa Geopark sign and instructions. Cruises from the Imatra are being organized to Satamosaari. Otherwise, the island can only be reached by boat or canoe.

Contents of the Satamosaari sign: https://saimaageopark.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/satamosaari_1903_web.pdf

Satamosaari 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 Satamosaari on the South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas’ webpages.

 

Coordinates: x=583704,351 y=6785456,990 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

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

The below coordinates are working in Google maps services.

Coordinates: 61.194573494, 28.557257047 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))

 

Image: Arto Hämäläinen

Location

  • Separation of solid waste
  • Privy
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Campfire place