Sign In:

×

Last Step!

Please enter your public display name and a secure password.

Plan to post in the forums? Change your default forum handle here!

×
×

Getting to the Juusjärvi Rock Paintings over Ice

Last year I bought a book on ancient rock paintings in Finland. One of the best paintings in Finland is nearby, but very hard to reach. With the recent low temperatures, Jarmo and I figure we could cross the lake to go see it.

If you ever want to see these great paintings, the time to do that is right now. This week, or maybe the next. The summer is coming, access gets impossible, and there is no guarantee that the ice is so nice next year. Go now!

Per the book and Retkipaikka article, the summerhouses next to the rock with the painting block access from the obvious southern direction, and recommend taking a 2km ski from the other side of the lake. We figured we could actually cross the lake from a shorter route on foot, using the route marked with red below:

This route is much more reasonable than the other recommendations, and has only a small lake crossing. But be careful about the ice; right now the ice is in great condition, but there were still ice fishing and possibly some ice swimming holes. Take care!

Parking is still an issue, we parked on the ample space on a bus stop on the main road, but only after searching for a space for a while.

Once you get there, what a wonderful paintings, though! Thousands of years old, perhaps painted at the time that this part of the land was on the seafront, before rising ground has lifted it 20 kilometres inland.

The pictures are very visible and understandable, at least the human ones... there may be a moose, some fish, and a snake-like human also in the picture, but there the viewer's imagination needs to get involved.

The rock painting is at coordinates N 60.186889 E 24.426556.

More pictures:

There also seems to be a moose (photo by Jarmo):

Posing with the characters (photo by Jarmo):

Here are pictures of the place from the air:

At a nearby thin cape is uninhabited and a nice place to visit:

This article is also available at the Blogspot site. Tämä blogiartikkeli löytyy myös suomeksi Relaasta. Photos and videos (c) 2018 by Jari Arkko and Jarmo Ruuth. Map excerpt from Karttapaikka. All rights reserved. Music on the video is The Floor Plan by The Silent Partner, freely usable from YouTube music library.

Play
READ THE STORY
WATCH: Two Climbers Fall into a Crevasse on Mt. Everest
Up Next Adventure

WATCH: Two Climbers Fall into a Crevasse on Mt. Everest

WATCH: Two Climbers Fall into a Crevasse on Mt. Everest

Sure, climbing Everest might no longer be the adventure it used to be with glamping, pay-to-play summit ascents, and permit issues. However, the dangers are still very real, like when crossing massive crevasses through the notorious Khumbu Icefall. Two climbers were crossing a crevasse on a ladder while roped together, falling in after the ladder collapsed. According to the climber’s report, both were okay.

Play
READ THE STORY
This Could be the best 4K Northern Lights Video You’ll Ever See
Up Next Adventure

This Could be the best 4K Northern Lights Video You’ll Ever See

This Could be the best 4K Northern Lights Video You’ll Ever See

There’s really not much to say about this other than the fact  that nature can be pretty freakin’ rad, putting on light shows that make Red Rocks look like child’s play. For those of you lucky enough to have seen the Northern Lights in person, good for you, for everyone else this might be the best film we’ve ever seen capturing their surreal beauty. Filmmaker and astrophotographer Adrien Mauduit spent 10 days hanging out in the Arctic Circle to capture the Aurora Borealis at its finest,

Play
READ THE STORY
Start the Weekend with this Whipper
Up Next Adventure

Start the Weekend with this Whipper

Start the Weekend with this Whipper

First, you need to watch this video all the way through to truly appreciate what a spectacular whipper this is. We’re not sure what’s more impressive– the solitary foot that desperately clings to the rock as this climber loses his battle against the force of gravity, or the fact that this guy survived unscathed. A healthy reminder to wear your helmet, for the most unexpected of whippers.