Saimaa Geopark sites
Geology and Geoparks are growing trends in travel
The goal of Geoparks is sustainable economic development with the help of geotourism. As tourist attractions, geoparks can be compared to national parks and UNESCO world heritage sites, even though a Geopark is not a protected area. The Geopark logo tells travelers about high-quality local products worldwide.
Geoparks are tributes to local specialities
Geopark -info is always well researched, so many educational institutions can use Geoparks in their teaching. The goal is to increase knowledge and appreciation of local sights and their specialties, both locally and internationally.
All Geoparks are a part of the international Geopark network. Through the network all Geoparks and their local services gain international visibility. In Ruokolahti the Saimaa Geopark -signpost is located next to the local museum, near the wooden church.
Geoparks in Ruokolahti
There are five Saimaa Geoparks in Ruokolahti:
1) Huuha Beach (Salpausselkä II),
2) Kolmiköytinen rock paintings,
3) Kummakivi erratic boulder,
4) Salpalinja bunker line and it's boulders &
5) Ruokolahti Church Hill.