Suuri Sarviniemi and Pieni Sarviniemi are end moraine ridges surrounded by water in the Second Salpausselkä. They were formed when the melting ice sheet came to temporary stops 11,800-11,600 years ago. Depth curves of the lake bed show distinct underwater extensions from both ridges across Rastinvirta. Since the waves have washed away both ridges in the Sarviniemi area, particularly during the Greater Saimaa phase, the boulder content of the deposited material is emphasised on peninsulas. A comprehensive collection of rock types typical to the area can be seen on the northern shore of Suuri Sarviniemi. Sarviniemi is an excursion site for the South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas and the information shelter built by the foundation also contains Saimaa Geopark signs. Overnight stays are not allowed. Sarviniemi is a day trip destination.

Contents of the signs in the Sarviniemi info point: https://saimaageopark.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/geopark_opastaulut_sarviniemi_1810c_web.pdf

Sarviniemi 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 more information on the South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas’ webpages.

 

Coordinates: x=556767,000 y=6794202,200 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

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

The below coordinates are working in Google maps services.

Coordinates: 61.277246332, 28.057380304 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))

 

Image: Samuli Kakko

Location

  • Privy
  • Suitable for children
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Campfire place
  • Parking
  • Beach
  • Boating