Saraakallio Cliff Paintings
The ancient sacred Saraakallio cliff is located just about half an hour paddling from Laukaa harbour. It is rising 75 metres above the eastern shore of Lake Saraavesi, which is part of a milleneum old aquatic road network trough the wilderness of Central Finland.
About two dozens of paintings are observable, some of them are difficult to see as partly blured or hidden. Saraakallio is the biggest rock art area in Finland. The paintings are dated to 6000 years old. The most common figures are deer, human, and boat. The red paint is presumably a mixture of hematite-containig soil, blood, urine and eggs.
The programme starts at Tavinsulka Base Camp in Jyväskylä, where suitable paddling equipmet is packed. The paddling tour begins after the short drive to Laukaa harbour and the instructions for paddling technique and water safety. During the approach participants have plenty of time admiring the growing height of the cliff. We land right at the bottom of the colossal rock wall. Then in about two hours the cliff is peaked, while paintings are examined. From the edge of the cliff wall we have the opportunity to enjoy the scenery and sit down for a while, deepening our thoughts and relax before descending to the lake level and return to the urban environment .
The tour is also suitable for beginners with our guides.
Duration: 5 hours
Technical demand: easy, fair
Physical demand: fair
Group size: max 15 people
Price: 65 € / person (50€ / student and senior; 35 € children under 14 years, with guardian or parent)
Pirce includes paddling equipment, guide and refreshments. Participants must have their own outdoor clothing and shes, appropriate to the weather and terrain.