The ongoing project aims to gather information on the geological history of Saimaa and on sites that help tell the history and can be easily reached or discovered. In Saimaa Geopark, the attractions will tell the story of Saimaa and offer visitor information on the geological history, not forgetting the ecology and the cultural history.

Conservation programmes and objects of protection

Kruununpuisto Conservation Area, set around the Imatrankoski rapids, was the first conservation area in Finland. Emperor Nicholas I of Russia ordered the area to be protected from trees being cut down in 1842. These days the diversity of Saimaa’s lake landscape is preserved through several conservation programmes, the most important of which are the Shore Conservation Programme, the Esker Conservation programme and the Natura 2000 programme. The most important individual object of protection is the critically endangered Saimaa ringed seal.

Geoattractions will be updated on the site as the program progresses