Saraakallio rock paintings

Distance to the target from Kompassinaukio in Jyväskylä:

39 min.

Ränssintie 524
41370 Laukaa

Paikallinen sää

Lämpötila: 2.2°C Bright, klo 16:13

Saraakallio rock paintings

In Laukaa, on the eastern shore of the Saraavesi Lake, you can look backward thousands of years. The 40-meter-high rock formation has more than 100 rock paintings or parts of them, the oldest ones are up to 7,000 years old. The rock paintings of Saraakallio form the largest continuous area of images in Fennoscandia.

The subjects of the images of Saraakallio include deer, humans, saltires, horn-boat theme, snake, palmprints, double images, zigzag and geometric patterns.  Those unfamiliar with rock art scan clearly distinguish 5–6 images, a trained observer dozens of them. The best way to admire the paintings is from a boat on Saraavesi or on the ice in winter. Guided kayaking trips to Saraakallio are organised e.g. by Tavinsulka and canoes can be rented from the Laukaa Harbour.

Location and arrival

Saraakallio rock paintings can be reached by boat during summer and by the lake ice during winter. The best departure place is the Laukaa Harbour, where you can also rent canoes during summer. The distance from the harbour to the Saraakallio rock paintings is 3 km. Note! Crossing the Saraavesi lake ice is safe only via maintained ski tracks and marked routes.

Parking

Laukaa Harbour, Satamatie 3, 41340 Laukaa

Winter maintenance

Crossing the Saraavesi lake ice is safe only via maintained ski tracks and marked routes.

Starting point/end point

The rock paintings of Saraakallio are located on the eastern shore of Saraavesi, opposite the Laukaa village centre.

Coordinates

N=6921106.938, E=448333.083 (ETRS-TM35FIN)

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