Explore Finland Radio Show

Pyhävuori – The Holy Mountain of Alajärvi

February 17, 2022

In this episode, I am joined again by Craterologist, Teemu Öhman, to revisit the subject of Pyhävuori. It's an area overlooking Lake Lappajärvi, that is full of geological interest and historical mythology, featuring trolls, hermits and a sacrificial stone. From the ice age to modern days.

Following this recording, Glenn Murray and I went out to explore (and as you can see in the video) get slightly lost on) the holy mountain, Pyhävuori.

0:00:00 Introduction
0:01:15 Where is Pyhävuori
0:01:15 The Preserved Rim of Pyhävuori
0:03:10 The Geology of Pyhävuori
0:07:48 Uhrikivi - the sacrificial stone
0:10:12 The ice age 'Baltic Lake' at Pyhävuori
0:14:09 'Pirun pesä' caves - the Devil's nest
0:15:39 Jaakko Reipakka - the hermit and his hut
0:17:09 Kalliomaalaus – rock paintings
0:19:22 Impact Craterlake Geopark, Lappajärvi
0:21:28 Outro


Show notes and links: https://explorefinlandpodcast.com/2022/02/17/pyhavuori-the-holy-mountain-of-alajarvi/

The Nordic Tourist video "Pyhävuori: Human Sacrifice and the Finnish Mountain Man" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQQIxcXF2OI

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