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Caving history in Finland and the Finnish Caving Society

Caving history in Finland and the Finnish Caving Society

Early Origins of Speleology in Finland (1666 – 1980) The first cataloguing of Finnish caves began in 1666, under Swedish rule, for the Swedish crown. While under Russian rule in the 1800s, the Finnish Literature Society and the Finnish Antiquarian Society sent young students to collect folk tales, including information on caves. Geographic and geological literature started featuring Finnish caves between 1870 and 1890. The […]

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Boulders, boulders, boulders

Boulders, boulders, boulders

While Finland hardly is a country known for its caves, we have quite interesting boulder caves boasting up to 260m of maze-like crawl size passages. These boulder caves are also very stable as the rock is insoluble — a perfect playground. If you love boulder chokes, you’ll be in heaven. The Korkberget cave featured on the map above is nearly 300m in surveyed length and […]

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Caving in Finland is something else

Caving in Finland is something else

There are countless glacial boulder caves and tectonic-glacial crevice caves and rock shelters in Finland, over one thousand in total, although these tend to be pretty small. What to expect A cave that fits two or three people comfortably is fairly sizeable by Finnish caving standards. A cave that extends for 20m or more is considered to be long. Finnish caves can typically be visited […]

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Not just caves but also bunkers

Not just caves but also bunkers

In addition to caves, you can find other underground sites such as partly demolished Soviet second world war bunkers in Finland. These are interesting sites that you should consider visiting. We recommend you visit Jari Arkko’s website Planetcaver.net, which acts as an index to his caving related posts. There you will find blog posts on Finnish caves and bunkers. Remember to be extra careful when […]

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Finnish caves have a rich history and a story to tell

Finnish caves have a rich history and a story to tell

Rock shelters have an interesting history on the shores of the ancient Litorina sea after the latest ice age called Weichselian. Caves also served as housing for the people following receding ice. This makes these caves archaeologically interesting and archaeological finds date back thousands of years to the days when eastern and western stone-age cultures met. The earliest mentions of caves in literature date back […]

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Caving trips and events in 2020

Caving trips and events in 2020

NOTE! Most of the events have been cancelled or moved online due to the Covid19 situation. For more information contact info@luolaseura.fi Finnish Caving Association informs its membership in Finnish, but the key events for 2020 are shortly listed here. February 13.2.2020 February meetup at 19:00 in Helsinki in pub Kaisla. March 19.3.2020 February meetup at 19:00 in Helsinki in pub Kaisla.Cancelled due to corona virus […]

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