Salpausselkä UNESCO Global Geopark

Salpausselkä Geopark

Welcome to the official website of Salpausselkä Geopark!

UNESCO designated Salpausselkä Geopark, situated in the Lahti region in southern Finland, tells the story of the best-known geological entity of Finland. The First and Second Salpausselkä are unique ice-marginal formations laid down by ancient meltwater streams at the end of the Ice Age. They reach across the entirety of southern Finland and are at their most spectacular in the area of Salpausselkä Geopark. Here they are joined to eskers of international value, such as the picturesque Kelvenne Island and Pulkkilanharju Esker in Päijänne National Park.

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Salpausselkä ridges and chains of eskers

Pristine waters

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Nature sights & trails on a map

Check nature sights, trails and routes for cycling and hiking on a digital map. You’ll find also all accommodation, cafes, restaurants, harbours as well as activities on a map.

Map

Conquer Salpausselkä Geopark on bike

The Salpausselkä Geopark area with its varied terrain and landscapes is great for cycling. We have gathered tips from a cyclist’s perspective for routes on both city streets and rural roads, with numerous points of interest, charming places to rest and a broad range of services along the route. These tips will help you to plan both day trips and longer tours. You will also find here the off-road cycling trails in the region.

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What is a geopark?

Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas that have sites and landscapes of international geological significance.

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