Finnish heritage of the ice age, Rokua Geopark, is a unique combination of geology, nature and culture on the Northern hemisphere not far away from the Arctic Circle. The characteristic features of the area are the landforms shaped by the Ice Age: glacial ridges, pine and lichen-clad heaths, kettle holes and small ponds filled with crystal clear water. In addition to the incomparable environment, the area tells the story of a prehistoric settlement of the human being and of the ever since flourishing culture.
In the European Geoparks Network Rokua opens a new northern dimension and an interesting geology starting from 2,6 billion years ago. Area’s special arctic character, long winter and Finnish traditions make it interesting for diverse visitors to experience. During the winter months, in the middle of a snowy landscape and frozen lakes, you are able to get a touch of a way of life and scenery of the ice age.
Some under ice views from beautiful lake Saarijärvi in Vaala, Finland.
Divers: Eelis Rankka, Tommi Salminen, Jukka Pelttari. Camera and editing: J. Mettälä. Manuscript: J. Mettälä ja Eelis Rankka. Music: Stefano Mocini - The end of the doubs