On The Traces Of The Ice Age - Ridges Of Rokua
This is a ready-made route suggestion for discovering the heart of Rokua UNESCO Global Geopark, the Rokua area. Grab a car or a bike and go discover the Ridges Of Rokua.
On the route that goes around the Rokua ridge area, you can hike in Rokua National Park, enjoy the countryside, and learn the stories of local poets and folk healers.
The story of the Rokua ridge begins at the end of the ice age more than 10,000 years ago, when the melting waters of the glaciers and strong winds piled up tens of meters of sand in the Rokua area. Today, Rokua is home to Finland’s largest sand dune field, where the highest single dune rises 25 meters above the surrounding terrain. The rolling hills are covered with a thick, silver lichen rug and endless pine forests. Here and there are crystal clear kettle ponds. In the midst of silence, the sounds of nature are clearly heard.
Rokua National Park, established in 1956, protects the unique geological formations and vulnerable nature. There are about 40 km of hiking routes and 45 km of mountain biking routes in the national park. In 2018 Rokua was chosen as the Finnish Outdoor Destination of the year!
There is a spa hotel, a wilderness hotel, a big five-star villa and dozens of smaller cottages to stay the night in. Camping and tenting are also possible. Rokua is ideal for many outdoor activities: hiking, mountain biking, paddling, SUP-boarding, and in winter you can try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and sliding snowshoes.