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, granite and gneiss 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 (pdf)

Sarviniemi 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 more information about the Sarviniemi area here


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

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Coordinates: 61.277903758, 28.058867816 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Samuli Kakko, municipality of Taipalsaari


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