The level of difficulty: Hard
If you want to take a trip to another world, direct your steps to the Mined Gate of Vuokko.
The path is 1,5 kilometers long and even the former president of
Finland, Urho Kalevi Kekkonen, has hiked the route. The Mined Gate is a
700 meters long gulley, which is formed as a result of the melting of
the continental glacier. The gulley appears unexpectedly to the middle
of a coniferous forest, between two vertical cliffs. The gulley is also
called “the Fantasy World” – at the bottom of the gulley, there are the
fascinating Stream of the Gate (Porttipuro) and several round stones
that are covered by a soft, green moss. An old legend tells, that the
Mined Gate has been a place where healers and witches used to arrange
ceremonies – sick people were transported through the legendary Mined
Gate, and that drove away the bad spirits and diseases. At the northern
side of the gulley, there’s a holy place where people used to sacrifice
food and animals - an amphitheater, which is made by the Mother Nature.
At the ledge of the Mined Gate, there’s a campfire place, which is an
excellent place to admire the flourishing gulley of the Mined Gate from
Route: Turn to Nurmes, drive 19km and turn left to
Tervavaarantie. Drive 8km and turn right to a forest road. Drive one
kilometer and leave your car on the yard of a little deserted house. The
path of the Mined Gate starts from here, at a spot with a post sign.
Area- and terrain maps of the Mined Gate