The Kolmiköytinen rock painting is one of the most eye-catching in South Karelia, and is located 3.5-4.5m above the water’s surface. The painting is 135 x 345cm and its vibrant red ochre colour has been preserved exceptionally well.

The Kolmiköytinen rock painting dates to 4,700-3,700 years ago during the period following the Greater Saimaa stage. The rock consists of granodiorite formed 1,880 million years ago and is intersected by younger granite pegmatite dikes. There is a Saimaa Geopark sign at the parking area. Another sign is on the shore, near the rock painting.

Saimaa Geopark sign in the parking area (pdf)

Saimaa Geopark sign near the rock painting (pdf)

From the parking space a path leads to the shore and to the rock painting: Route description of the path and instructions for arrival

You can also find more information about the rock painting here

Videos made of Ruokolahti’s geosites can be watched on the Ruokolahti municipality’s YouTube channel.

It has been speculated that some rock paintings depict ritual journeys in which a witch falls into a trance with the help of some spirit animal. A person who has changed or is becoming a snake from his lower body can be distinguished from the Kolmiköytinen rock painting. Read about a ritual journey from the story The Witch (pdf) made in the Rural Explorer project (Story: Pekka Vartiainen Translation: Annira Silver).


Coordinates: x=587260,305 y=6794074,119 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

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The below coordinates are working in Google maps service, which uses geographic coordinates:

Coordinates: 61.271127109, 28.627372810 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Tapani Tervo


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