Hiidenkirnut

Hiidenkirnut, Askola: Address, Hiidenkirnut Reviews: 4.5/5

Hiidenkirnut
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TeWe
Helsinki, Finland887 contributions
Positive surprise
Apr 2020
Went to this place without any expectations. It turned out to be a wonderful sight with fascinating things to see. I could imagine families with children would love it.

A bit of a walk from the parking lot, but not a very demanding terrain.
Written 21 April 2020
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l5antti
Helsinki, Finland776 contributions
Hidden nature gem in the rural country side
Sep 2018 • Family
This place is a hidden gem in the Askola country side: about 20 big and small giant's kettles in one place. There's a small parking lot just by the road with proper sign. Winding path leads to forest, up to steep cliff there potholes are located. View is also nice from up. Terrain is quite hard to move especially when it is wet and slippery. Stair and rails are good though.

Potholes are just impressive and there are lot of them in small area. There is also some info signs but area is almost unspoilt forest nature. You can take short trail around the rock but this was quite boring. There are some qeocaches also.

This is must see free attraction and worth longer trip also.
Written 14 October 2018
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antilsa
Helsinki, Finland233 contributions
Glacial Potholes in Porvoonjoki Valley
Sep 2018 • Family
Just a short drive from Porvoo, in Askola, there's 20 giant's kettles scattered around a steep hill. Biggest one is 10 meters deep. From the parking place, it's few hundred steps up a granite hill and through forest. Great place to see what glaciers did around 10,000 years ago.

From Porvoo take road 55 to Askola (to Mäntsälä). At Monninkylä turn to road 1635 and continue for few kilometres.
Written 10 September 2018
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Linda D
92 contributions
Interesting and pretty area
Jun 2018 • Friends
A nice way to see some Finnish nature. A well maintained area with plenty of information boards explaining the history.
Written 15 June 2018
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JariJK
Kouvola, Finland4,514 contributions
The globally rare area of 20 potholes
Sep 2016 • Family
A pothole (or a giant's kettle) is a cauldron-like cavity in a bedrock. It was formed during the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago.Melting masses of eddying water made the loose rocks on the river bed roll and revolve.

The Askola pothole area is situated in the village of Korttia, on the hilly banks of the River Porvoonjoki. The pothole area is clearly marked with traffic signs on the Askola-Pukkila road (road number 1635). The area is easily achievable by bus, too. The route bus Helsinki-Porvoo-Lahti goes by the adjacent parking area usually several times in a day. The area is always open for visitors (24/7). However, there isn't special winter maintenance and so there may be lot of snow there in the winter. You can put the entrance fee (2 euros in 2016) independently in the strongbox.

The Askola pothole area consists of 20 named potholes which are situated close together. The largest pothole is called Jättiläisen Kuhnepytty (The Giant's Bath Tub) is 10.3 meters in depth and 4.2 meters in width. There are only a couple of potholes in the whole world which are larger than this one. The Askola area of 20 potholes is rare even globally.

The walking distance from the parking area to the pothole area is about 500 meters. There are stairs on the way and so it is impossible to use wheelchairs or strollers. There is also an extra scenic route of about 300 meters round the rock. On that route the beautiful scene opens to the valley of the River Porvoonjoki. This is one of the nationally valuable landscapes in Finland.

Our family loved this place. It was almost magical and it was very relaxing to walk in the forest and watch these interesting potholes. We liked the extra scenic route, too.
Written 26 September 2016
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Jorex
Male70 contributions
Feel and get experience of the Finnish wildlife, forest and countryside .
Jul 2016 • Family
In Finnish we call "Hiidenkirnu". I don´t know what is it in English. But, it is the water and small or big rock made hole to the bedrock. It took thousands of the years that those holes are created by the nature. Place, is unique. It might be little bit difficult to go there if you don´t have a car. It is located in the countryside. There is good signs all over in the place. It took from the parking place to walk there about 15 min - 20 min through the Finnish forest.
Written 28 July 2016
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