This time, I want to tell you about Kummakivi or the erratic stone. But before we get into this wonderful place, I would like to give you some details about Ruokolahti.
In the beautiful region of South Karelia lies the municipality of Ruokolahti, which was founded more than 440 years ago. With around 5400 permanent residents and approximately 3000 cottages, this municipality is noted for its more than 500 lakes and its wooded environment.
This municipality has a lot to offer, with trails, beaches, lakes, skating rink, golf fever and much more.
Now let me tell you about Kummakivi
This erratic rock would have been transported by glaciers over thousands of years to find its resting place on a moutonnée rock. But most surprising of all is that only about 0.5 m2 of its surface is in contact with the rock beneath it.
The dimensions of this rock are impressive, approximately 7 meters long, 4 meters wide and 5 meters high. It is truly imposing and defies the laws of gravity by remaining in equilibrium on such a small surface.
Arriving at the Kummakivenmäki parking area, we came across a sign for Saimaa Geopark. This sign indicated that we were entering a special place, full of geological wonders and natural beauty. The hike is relatively short and easily accessible.
As we approached Kummakivi, we came across another sign, this time right next to the rock. This sign told us stories about the formation of this unique rock and left us in awe of its mystery and uniqueness.
Kummakivi was a treasure trove for geology lovers and those who seek the extraordinary in the midst of nature. It is tangible proof of the power of glaciers.
Kummakivi is defined as a natural monument and is protected under the nature conservation law.
On the sign near the rock we could find the following information: the rock is a mixture of granite, cordierite and mica, which are typical of the area. The rock also presents abrasions that show glacial erosion. The area where Kummakivi is located emerged under the continental ice sheet approximately 11,500 years ago.
Near the rock there is also a moss bridge (Sammasilta in Finnish). I must mention that this is the first time I have seen and crossed a moss bridge. This bridge is built over the Pitkäjärvi lake. It was built in 1930 and its function was to shorten the distance for forestry workers.
Visiting Kummakivi was a fun experience. Here is the map so you can get there and I ask you to take care of the area, as it is clean and well kept.