Päijänne National Park | Lietsaari island

Address: Päijänteen kansallispuisto Show map

Address: Päijänteen kansallispuisto

Lietsaari is a small island, located between Kelvenne esker island and Padasjoki harbour, on the southern Lake Päijänne. The eastern part of the island belongs to the Päijänne National Park, and is one of the most popular visiting places of the National Park. Like Kelvenne, Lietsaari is an esker island, formed at the end of the last ice age about 11,500 years ago. Lietsaari is one of the geosites of the Salpausselkä aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark.


There is a campfire site and a dry toilet for the visitors on the island and short-term camping is allowed in the national park area. Beaching on the island's sandy cape is easy on both sides, as there are no large rocks on the waterline. However, the beach is quite shallow and not suitable for boats with larger draught, such as sailboats.

There is no scheduled traffic to the island, but the co-operation partners of Päijänne National Park offer boat taxi services. Lietsaari is also great as a kayaking destination or a stop on a longer kayaking trip. The kayak can be rented for use from Padasjoki, for example. Due to its popularity, Lietsaari can be congested during the most beautiful summer holidays.

The archipelago nature is sensitive to erosion and disturbances, so please help us preserve it. Follow the park regulations and outdoor etiquette, respecting nature and fellow hikers. https://www.nationalparks.fi/en/hikinginfinland/visitorguidelines.

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