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Kolovesi National Park

Kolovesi National Park was founded to protect the natural state of the Saimaa Lakeland archipelago, the habitat of the Saimaa ringed seal, and the forest ecosystems characteristic to Southern Finland. The wilderness of the national park offers an attractive setting for canoeing or rowing in peaceful, quiet nature. Quietness is the essence of the Kolovesi National park, and it is only broken by natural sounds.

The Kolovesi scenery is dominated by vertical cliffs arising from the water reaching all the way up to 40 meters above the water. The rugged scenery was formed by the last Ice Age. In the eastern part of the park the scenery is dominated by barren but beautiful Ukonvuori cliff, which contains formations of quartz crystals previously extracted for decoration. Ancient rock paintings featuring human figures in the rock faces tell a tale about the early huntsmen.

Another, even more tangible reminder of the Ice Age is the most endangered seal in the world, the Saimaa ringed seal. Its ancestors were trapped in Saimaa, as the lake became detached from the Baltic Sea at the end of the Ice Age. Kolovesi is one of the last habitats of this primitive inhabitant of Saimaa Lakeland.




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Metsähallitus - Kolovesi