european geoparks newsletter

European Geoparks newsletter 13/2018 (PDF)


A geological guide to southern Lake Saimaa

Sunny lakes. Esker ridges rustling with pines. Fortress-like rocky islets. These are what Saimaa is known for in Finland and around the world. But what would the waterways look like to a boater who could sail away from the present moment and go back in time to see the geological development of the lake first-hand?

From Ancient Sea to Saimaa (PDF) 

From Ancient Seat to Saimaa ISSUU 

Tales from south karelia

Tales from South Karelia (PDF) is a collection of memories and stories about places in South Karelia. Stories are told by residents of the area and some of them are about sites in Saimaa Geopark area.

Rural Explorer – project

Rural Explorer – project was collecting stories from the rural areas in South-Karelia and Kymenlaakso regions. Stories are linked to the interesting places which are located in the both regions. Rural Explorer – project was implemented 1.11.2017 – 31.5.2020 by Humak and LAB universities of the applied sciences. Project was funded by Euroopan maaseudun kehittämisen maatalousrahasto/Kaakkois-Suomen ELY-keskus.

More about the Rural Explorer project (in Finnish)


These stories, based on oral and written folk narratives of the area, were written as part of a project to promote culture tourism in rural South-East Finland. This heritage is rich and contains an endless supply of stories. Out of all that bygone times and people have left for us, only a fraction has been harnessed to provide the enthusiasm and inspiration for this collection, now assembled in book form.

Pekka Vartiainen, Juha Iso-Aho & Anu Nuutinen 

River of stories – book (PDF) is found from the website of Humak.

Elli and Albert

At the end of the 1800s, Finnish artists of the so-called Golden Age sought folksy, realistic subjects, and in the hope of finding inspiration, also the company of common people. The trips popularised by the Kalevala boom were often to eastern Finland. Albert Edelfelt was one of the painters who travelled to Vuoksenlaakso in 1877 to look for and paint common country folk. He stayed for some time in the home of Elli Jäppinen, the folk healer renowned in Finland and Russia. One of Edelfelt’s best-known paintings ‘Women of Ruokolahti on the Church Hill’ (1887) dates back to his time in Ruokolahti; it was admired in big cities around Europe – and later also in Finland.

Pekka Vartiainen, Juha Iso-Aho & Anu Nuutinen 

Read the story about Elli and Albert here (PDF)

The geological trail of imatra

The Geological Trail of Imatra (PDF) give information about geological history of the area. The sites along the Geological Trail of Imatra tell the story of the local natural history and are easily accessible.