Rakokallio is a fissure formed due to ancient earthquakes. It is protected in accordance with the Nature Conservation Act. The 0.5-1m wide fissure is around one hundred metres long and is up to ten metres deep. The slickenside walls of the narrow gorge are mostly granite, but some migmatitic mica gneiss can also be seen. Rakokallio is located along a marked nature path.

The Rakokallio is the most spectacular sight on the Sydänmaa hiking trail, which is 5 km long and runs through forest terrain. Along the hiking trail, you will find the Metsomäki viewpoint, which offers a far-reaching panorama of the forest from the hilltop. On the shore of Lake Mäkilampi there is a lean-to shelter where you can swim, build a campfire and stay overnight. Saimaa Geopark signs are coming on the trail in 2020.

Saimaa Geopark sign about the Sydänmaa trail: https://saimaageopark.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/geopark_opastaulut_rakokallio_1910_l2.pdf

Saimaa Geopark sign about the Rakokallio gorge: https://saimaageopark.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/rakokallio_a3_1910_web.pdf

Route description of the Sydänmaa hiking trail and instructions for arrival: https://ekarjala-retkeily.fi/en/routes-and-destinations/destination/?id=39568617

You can also find more information about the Rakokallio on the South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas’ webpages.

 

Coordinates: x=533377,358 y=6825200,769 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

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Coordinates: 61.558874134, 27.628191992 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))

 

Image: Tapani Tervo

Location

  • Privy
  • Campfire place
  • Viewing point
  • Parking