Wednesday, June 14, 2017

FINLAND ~ Pyhä-Luosto National Park ~

... This great NP is a favorite destination for hiking and tourism... despite its small flow rate, Pyhäkaste Waterfall is one of Central Lapland's most beautiful falls... it is famous especially for its unique role in the area's cultural history... the waterfall, lake, and the adjacent Uhriharju Ridge ("Sacrifice ridge") have been sacred places for the local Sámi people for hundreds of years... until the mid-1600s, before the spread of Christianity, the Forest Sámi people brought deer and their antlers to Uhriharju Ridge to be sacrificed in hope of a successful hunt... with its history as an old place of worship for the indigenous people, the fall is an even more valuable treasure in Lapland... Thanks once more Nina!! ✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Pyhä-Luosto National Park  is a national park in Lapland It was established in 2005 when Finland's oldest national park, Pyhätunturi National Park (established in 1938) was joined to Luosto. This makes Pyhä-Luosto Finland's oldest but at the same time newest national park.

The new park covers 142 square kilometres (55 sq mi). The most important features are geological specialties, old forests and wetlands.

Pyhäkaste Waterfall is a famous 17-metre-high waterfall. Below the waterfall is a pool, from which the water continues its way to the Pyhänkasteenlampi Lake (which is 12 metres deep), and from there to the bottom of the ravine.


Friendship stamp
(Issued 08-02-1993)

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