Helvetinrotko valley

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Helvetinrotko is a steep-sloped valley on the north-western fringe of the First Salpausselkä Ridge. The name Helvetinrotko translates literally as “Hell’s gorge”.The valley has got its grim name probably because it is always dark at the bottom of the deep valley, shadowed by the steep slopes and the woods.

 

However, Helvetinrotko is an enchanting place. A clearwater brook originating from natural springs flows at the bottom of the valley, with ferns and old trees growing along it. The farm Huljalan Tupala located at the site maintains traditional forest pastures, a threatened biotope, by grazing native breed cattle, threatened as well. The valley is situated along the route of the medieval main road Ylinen Viipurintie, a road that followed the First Salpausselkä Ridge to handle connection between Häme Castle and Vyborg Castle. Nowadays, the Vanhatie road runs in the place of the medieval road, and right next to it goes highway 12. Helvetinrotko valley is one if the geosites of the Salpausselkä aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark.

If you want to see the Helvetinrotko valley, turn in the direction of Kärkölä (road number 295) at the Kärkölä intersection on highway 12 and then immediately left on Vanhatie. The valley is located along this road. To get a closer look of the valley, contact Huljalan Tupala farm: Laura and Mika Hämäläinen, telephone 0400 978665 / 0400 536614.

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