Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki

Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki, Rauma

Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki

Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki
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Jani Koskinen
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Unesco world heritage site
Jul 2019
Piles of rock in the middle of nowhere. There is a story behind these, if possible take a guided tour or otherwise you will be just wonderin in the woods why the heck there is so much hype on rockpiles. Big flat one is "kirkonlaattia" and it means church floor. Story tells that once upon a time there was a competition between (fairytale bs) giants and people of the village about who builds the church first from ground up. Villagers were sneaky and they built the belltower first without even starting on the church to signal the giants that they are ready and have won the competition. Giants had gotten the church floor ready by then and went to see the results. When they found out the truth, they were pissed off and started throwing huge rocks (that look like the ones that Obelix was carrying around in Asterix) towards the village. They are deep in the ground from from church floor towards village. That's all I remember of the tales and I might be wrong, but find out yourself! If you get hungry walking around the site with not much to see, you can find good value for money lunch at Kivikylän Kotipalvaamo that is almost at the site. There is a different road there tho, but you'll see the signs as you drive by Savulaaksontie.
Written 22 September 2019
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arundhati deosthale
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India35 contributions
Graveyard which doesn't feel like one!!
May 2019 • Business
There are many many old graves,quite individualistic in this close knit graveyard. But these somehow don't appear sad or scary it feels like some very old people are laying there in eternal sleep. You hardly see any visitors here.Is that because these people are dead and gone long back?
Written 13 May 2019
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fizzy1991
Nashville, TN5,656 contributions
Must go with guide to appreciate
Jul 2018 • Friends
If you don’t go with a guide this area can just look like a pile of rocks with no explanation other than they were graves 1400 years BC. Each “pile” is didn’t and some they have found aren’t graves at all. The history alone is the reason for seeing this.
Written 30 July 2018
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,411 contributions
Must see, if this is your sort of thing
Jun 2018 • Couples
This Bronze Age burial site is huge and surprisingly diverse. It is very interesting

The site is open and can be visited when you wish. Toilets are provided. There is some interpretation in the carpark but unfortunately none on the site itself. Need decent footware since it is a 2-3km walk. Most impressive is the 'church floor' to the north of the site. Watch for small waymarks on the trees, though the paths are fairly clear on the ground
Written 20 July 2018
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland19,785 contributions
prehistoric burial cairns in lovely nature
Mar 2016 • Friends
Finland has 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, but only two of them get regularly visited by tourists: the Fortress of Suomenlinna outside Helsinki and the wooden houses of Old Rauma. The other sites are off any usual visitor's route except for the Burial Site of Samallahdenmäki, which is just about 20km outside Rauma.

For lovers of archaeology, but also of nature, a visit here makes sense. Sammallahdenmäki translates as 'Moss Bay Hill' and in fact the whole site is on a ridge overlooking lake Saarnijärvi. The burial cairns were once built close to the Gulf of Bothnia, but due to land elevation the site is now several kilometers inland.

To get here one needs a car and in the last part, when leaving the main road Huittinen - Rauma, the various bifurcations are not too well signposted. Once there one can get at an information stand a useful leaflet about the site (map included) in Finnish, Swedish, English, German or French.

It is best to count with at least one hour for the whole visit. The paths are clear and have signs once in a while. It is a circular hike, so one doesn't have to return the same way.

The cairns are piles of granite stones, sometimes well arranged in a quadrangular way, especially the so-called 'Church Floor'. Definitely underwhelming for somebody, who doesn't try to put himself back into the Scandinavian Bronze Age times about 2000 to 3000 years back.

The place is a pleasure to visit for its nature alone. Since it is on a ridge there are good views through the light forest of mainly Scots Pines over the surrounding countryside. Since it doesn't get visited by many people, there is a chance that one has the whole site to oneself.
Written 13 April 2016
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kikamonster
Berlin, Germany19 contributions
Very interesting Stone Age burial site
Mar 2016 • Friends
Well sited in the forest, there's several cairns you can walk around (stay on paths). Feels very primordial and untouched. Nice activity close to Rauma, you need a car to access. There's an information board in English and Finnish in the parking lot.
Written 20 March 2016
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Kenth N
Solf, Finland122 contributions
A Historical Site
Sep 2015
My first visit to the World Heritage Site of Sammallahdenmaki. A very historical place with marks from the people living in the area in the Bronze Age (about 1000 years BC). It's recommended to join a guided tour.
Written 3 September 2015
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Deambulante
Coimbra13 contributions
Go there really early
Aug 2015 • Solo
This is a bronze age burial site, which is a World Heritage Site, due to being the most significant such site of all Scandinavia, or to be more precise, Fennoscandia. It is composed by several groups of rocks, spread over 1.5 km.

There are two parkings. I can only write about the north parking: it is very close to the first group of rocks (about 400 meters). At the parking there is some information about the site and leaflets with a map. However, the map is not needed at all, since all paths are clearly marked on the floor. By clearly marked I mean that one just need to follow the paths without moss.

I went there very early, just after the sunrise. At that time there was morning mist, which added to the fact that I was the only person there, in the middle of the forest, made the whole scene magical.

Note that one should read something about the site before, to avoid seeing just a bunch of rocks.

If you are visiting Rauma (another World Heritage Site), you definitely should make the 15 km detour.
Written 29 August 2015
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Pimlico4A
London, UK73 contributions
Interesting but one for the aficianados
Aug 2015 • Family
Sammallahdenmäki is a Bronze age burial site in the Lappi municipality which was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999. Located not too far away from Rauma it makes for an interesting diversion rather than a trip in itself. The burial cairns are well preserved but could do with some additional information to put them in context.
Written 27 August 2015
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TinaQ
Moscow, Russia1,906 contributions
Curious
May 2015 • Couples
We knew what we were looking for, but otherwise it's best to get here as a part of an organised trip by Rauma museum, as it's only reached by a car. I found the site marked quite well, there's a huge info pannel with map provided along with a guestbook to sign. Lovely toilets on site as well, a nice surprise.
Written 3 August 2015
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