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Fun program for the whole family

For children and those just young at heart, the Saimaa area offers plenty of fun holiday experiences to look back on for many years to come. The untamed roar of the Imatrankoski Rapids, the giant Sandcastle, Flowpark Adventure Park and the many spas in the Saimaa area are just a few of the components of a memorable holiday.

The Lake Saimaa area offers wonderful, year-round options for family holidays. Small-scale locations and handy connections in the Lappeenranta and Imatra regions make family holidays easy.

Need help in finding your way or planning your holiday:

• Imatra region tourist information, imatra@gosaimaa.com
• Lappeenranta region tourist information (Shopping center Iso-Kristiina Brahenkatu 1), lappeenranta@gosaimaa.com.
During the summer time there is also a tourist information point at the Sandcastle!


Haukkavuori (translation: Eaglemountain) is the highest point of the South Karelia region, located in the municipality of Rautjärvi. Haukkavuori is about 80 m tall, measured from the surface of lake Sarajärvi below. Haukkavuori offers the best views in the whole region, making it a popular hiking destination for locals and travellers alike.

Haukkavuori is one of Finlands Natura-targets and governed by The Finnish Cultural Heritage Foundation.

Watch this video taken from Haukkavuori!

Haukkavuori is a historical landmark that has the demarcations of the Treaty of Nöteborg (1323), the Treaty of Teusina (1595) and the Treaty of Nystad (1721). The demarcations carved into the surface of Haukkavuori were made when the Treaty of Nystad was instated. Similar landmark can be found from road Torsansalontie, located by highway 6, from a stone called “the Logger’s rock”.


Parking bay has a hootchie and an earth closet. The hilltop is about 1 km away from the parking spot. If raining, it is highly recommended to wear waterproof shoes and clothing on the trail.

The hill has a 4 km hiking trail that requires good physical fitness and agility. The trail is classified as demanding.

Driving Instructions

Haukkavuori is located approximately 14 km away from Simpele town centre. Drive road Pitkäjärventie from Simpele town centre. Drive towards Sarajärvi (road Sarajärventie). Drive forward until there’s a road turning left with a Haukkavuori-sign. Follow the signs to Haukkavuori.

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