If you backtrack around 200 meters from where the bus leaves you in Kattila at the Nuuksio National Park, you can find a short trail which takes you to see a historical natural formation – a giant’s kettle (hiidenkirnu in Finnish).
Our family used to visit Nuuksio for day treks almost every weekend when the children were smaller. Now it’s often just me and hubby. I enjoy the silence, fresh air and beautiful nature in Nuuksio. We are lucky to have such a national park in Espoo.
From the roadside, you will see a sign pointing to the trail you should take. Follow the path, it’s only 130 meters.
Don’t be fooled by all the fallen trees, you need to climb over them to get to the top.
At the end, you will see that there’s an arrow pointing you to the right direction!
On the rock – the giant’s kettle/cauldron/pothole.
What a perfect round form. So smooth and regular, as if someone had drilled it there for a purpose.
These potholes were formed by ice, water and rocks swirling on the rock and thus drilling a hole like this. This was as far back as the end of the Ice Age! Nothing manmade about them.
There are several of these in Nuuksio, but in my experience, this one is easiest to access.
Here’s a short clip for you to see what the area is like. You can hear the birds chirping, otherwise it’s very silent.
Do you like trekking or hiking? Have you been to Nuuksio?