The Rakokivet caves were formed between group of granite, mica gneiss and veined gneiss boulders leaning against one another when the boulders split and cracked into smaller parts. The cave system contains three clearly cave-like spaces, as well as nooks and crevices formed between the smaller boulders. The boulders were glacially transported to their current place around 11,500 years ago.

The rock types in the Rakokivet boulders represent the bedrock of the immediate area and have been transported by the glacier for only a short distance. The boulders have broken down during and after the glacier transport. In the surroundings of the Rakokivet, the highest shoreline (about 100 m asl), or the zone that emerged under the water after the glacier melted, was formed at the end of the Lake Saimaa ice lake phase. The boulders were then in the shoreline and their lower parts were washed by the waves.

Rakokivet boulders, which have been identified as nationally valuable, are located north of Lietvedentie road (Kantatie 62), a west of geosite Haukkovuori. Anttola is about 21 km from Rakokivet and Puumala 29 km. There is a parking space and a Saimaa Geopark sign next to the Rakokivet boulders. The boulders are on a rocky slope covered with gravel and there is a small esker ridge near the boulders where the soil has been extracted.

Saimaa Geopark sign at the Rakokivet parking area:

You can also find information about the Rakokivet on the South Karelian Foundation for Recreation Areas’ web pages.

Watch a video of the Rakokivet boulder cave on Saimaa Geopark’s YouTube channel.


Coordinates: x=546005,134 y=6821845,769 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

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Coordinates: 61.527459559, 27.864992424 (ETRS89 maantieteelliset(~WGS84))


Image: Kaisa-Maria Remes


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