- Fri - Mon 11:00 - 20:00
- Virastokatu 1 55120 Imatra
The Geopark Visitor Centre is one of the cultural attractions of Saimaa Geopark. The Saimaa Geopark visitor centre is located in Imatra’s culture centre Virta, right after the main entrance. The visitor centre offers a wealth of information on geology and the development history of the Saimaa region. By exploring the diverse rock samples in the geo-exhibition, you can take a deep look into the history of the area, dating back almost two billion years. A timeline and a collection of specimens covering the last 13 000 years illustrate the evolution of the Saimaa region after the ice age and early human life in the area. There are also numerous maps showing the local geology. There is also a model of the formation and structure of the Salpausselkä, which gives a comprehensive picture of the forces that shaped the landscape during the Ice Age. There is also information on UNESCO Global Geoparks and on Geopark sites at home and abroad. The visitor centre is a great place to start your geo-tour in the Saimaa region.