Family-friendly hiking destinations

Attractions and activities in South Karelia

Lappeenranta is the center of South Karelia on the shore of Lake Saimaa. Lappeenranta is about an hour from Korpijärvi. The city is known for example for the old fortress area, the city’s summer center – the harbour of Lappeenranta and Finland’s largest sand castle, which is open in summer.

The attractions of Lappeenranta and South Karelia are presented at Visit Lappeenranta website, Visit Savitaipale website and GoSaimaa website.

Located in South Karelia, on the shore of Lake Kuolimo, Savitaipale has beautiful hiking trails in both the downtown area and the surrounding area. From Korpijärvi it ​​is about 40 minutes to the center of Savitaipale.

In Savitaipale you should head to three different destinations: either in the vicinity of the city center for a day-trip to the Lepänkanto hiking area, where you will find a historic hiking trail Traces of the Ice Age and a historic residence or to Orrainpolku hiking trail to the north of Savitaipale. You can also visit the historic fortress of Kärnäkoski and rapids of Partakoski.

The area’s hiking destinations and their information can also be found on the South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas’s website and the Saimaa Geopark website.

More hiking destinations and attractions in the South Karelia region can be found in the GoSaimaa brochure on the GoSaimaa page: https://gosaimaa.com/en/for-partners/info-bank/


There are stunning lakeside scenery in the South Karelia region. The nature of the area is characterized by the ridges of Salpausselkä and the wide views of the Saimaa from the ridges. One fifth of the area of South Karelia is covered by water and the waters are mainly clear.

An excursion to the lakes of South Karelia is definitely worth the experience, and it is also worthwhile to visit the lake area by various cruises where possible.

The sights of South Karelia also include many historically valuable milieu where you can dive into Finnish history from ancient times. There is plenty of historical information on the sites to visit, so if you’re hiking, you might want to take a look at the hiking trails information boards as well.

Attractions and places to visit


Kärnäkoski fortress, mill and old harbour

Savitaipale, Kärnäkoski
Approximately 47 km (approx. 45 min.) from Lake Korpijärvi
Duration: 1-2 h
Suitable for families with children


Partakoski rapids and marina

Savitaipale, Partakoski
Approximately 46 km (approx. 45 min.) from Lake Korpijärvi
Duration: About 1 h
Suitable for families with children

Traces of ice age

Traces of Ice Age trekking trail

Savitaipale, Lake Kuolimo / Lepänkanto hiking area
Approximately 47 km (approx. 40 min.) from Lake Korpijärvi
Duration: About 4 h
Trail length: About 15-17 km
Suitable for families with children


Orrainpolku trekking trail

Savitaipale, Lake Kuolimo / Orrai
Approximately 4o km (approx. 40 min.) from Lake Korpijärvi
Duration: 2-3 h
Trail length: About 7-10 km
Suitable for families with children