The mystery of Kummakivi, the rock in constant balance in Finland

The mystery of Kummakivi, the rock in constant balance in Finland

Currently, there is no exact scientific evidence to explain the origin of this natural phenomenon.

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Nature is very capricious and proof of this are the many phenomena and formations scattered throughout the planet. One of the most curious and mysterious is the Kummakivi stone. It is an impressive rock that is in perfect balance on a much smaller rock.

It is tracked down inside the Finnish woodlands close to Valtola, in the South Savonia area, and its interpretation signifies 'unusual stone'. So much so, that to this day there is no exact scientific explanation of how the Kummakivi rock ended up in such a puzzling position. All that is known is that it was framed during the Ice Age, when the power of liquefying glacial masses hauled the stone to its ongoing area.

 In like manner, this confounding normal marvel has been the subject of various legends by local people. In this way, it is said that the stone was put by monsters or savages who lived nearby and tossed rocks around.

 The stone estimates 7 meters in length, 4 meters wide and 5 meters high, and weighs around 180 tons. Nonetheless, just a portion of a square meter of its surface is in touch with the stone beneath, while the rest is in suspension. This phenomenon has become a tourist attraction in the area, although despite being thousands of years old, it was not until 1962 when the Finnish authorities began to protect it.

The rock is very close to Lake Saimaa, the largest in Finland, so there are many routes around it. However, to visit it you only have to follow a path of barely 500 meters. To get to it, you have to drive on highway 62 and exit at a point between Puumala and Ruokolahti and go north.

Access is signposted, but it is advisable to use some type of browser. Once in the parking lot, all you have to do is follow the signs to Kummakivi and enjoy the majesty of the rock.

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