Rokua and its surroundings
The Rokua esker area and the surrounding landscape were created by a combination of geological processes and the resulting landforms. With its lichen-covered hillocks, the Rokua esker ridge was created from sand transported and deposited by the continental glacier and meltwater around 10,000 - 12,000 years ago. Rokua is characterised by its kettle holes, which are often filled with clear water. These were created when ice blocks buried in the sand melted, leaving large depressions in the terrain. The esker was also formed by the receding sea and strong winds, which provided their own touch to the landscape with its shoreline escarpments and hilltops decorated by dunes.
This unique natural environment can be explored on skis, by snowmobile, on foot or by bike. The area is well covered by its 70 km network of routes. The clear water in the kettle holes is perfect for a dip on a hot summer’s day, or for angling, trolling or ice fishing, depending on the time of year. Because the water filling the kettle holes is largely groundwater, it is very clean.
The Rokua National Park protects the area’s unique flora and landscape. You can reach the national park via Ruoka’s outstanding routes on cross-country skis, by hiking or by bicycle.