Caving in Finland
Finland is hardly a country known for its caves. The bedrock is mostly granite, so there are no major karst regions suitable for cave formation. A handful of limestone caves do exist, but they are very small – the longest accessible limestone cave, Torhola (near Lohja), is only
30 83 meters long. In addition, there are quite a few boulder caves and tectonic caves, over one thousand in total, although these tend to be quite small as well. A cave where you can fit two or three people comfortably is fairly sizeable by Finnish caving standards.
Finnish caves can typically be visited with a minimal amount of equipment: helmet, head torch and durable clothes are typically sufficient. It is not unusual to spend more time looking for the cave than actually exploring it.
A non-comprehensive list of Finnish caves can be found here, in Finnish. Feel free to contact us for translations and further information!
Suomen luolaseura / Finlands grottförening / Finnish Caving Society
Finnish Caving Society, founded in 2010, is the one and only Finnish club focusing primarily on dry caves (for cave divers, there is the Finnish Cave Diving Association).
The aim of the club is to promote cave-related activities and to increase public knowledge of caves and caving. The club has around 50 members, including both people who mainly visit, explore and catalogue Finnish caves and those who spend their vacations travelling abroad to larger cave systems.
The society organises trips to both Finnish and foreign caves, offers training courses, provides online information on Finnish caves and caving, acts as a liaison between Finnish cavers and foreign clubs, and represents Finland in the European Speleological Federation.
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