It is very rare that I get into places where there are so many different colored lichen. Most of the stones that make up the grave hills of the World Heritage in Sammallahdenmäki are densly covered with these yellow, red, green and grey lichen. Sometimes you can see how it has grown up from a centerpoint, but mostly the stones are totally covered. Enjoy the art of nature!
Being in the North I am always fascinated when I get into an area where there is lots of the nordic moss. As it is growing very slowly and it is very sensitive to damage, for me it is a kind of a symbol for nature.
Here in the area of the grave hills which are an UNESCO World Heritage, you will find lots of this moss. Please be careful when walking around, it might take a decade until damage, that you make when walking over it, is recovered! There are many rocks that you can use for your walk through this fascinating ancient cemetary.
At Sammallahdenmäki you can find one of the few Finnish World Heritage sites. It is large group of bronze age burial cairns. The oldest date back to1300–1000 BCE, the youngest between 170 and 82 BCE. As the graves are very well preserved and very good examples for the bronze age culture of Finland and the whole Scandinavia Sammallahdenmäki was declared as UNESCO World Heritage in December 1999.