Saturday, September 19, 2020

Solbergagrottorna

Cracks... cracks... and ladders.

It was getting dark though, we were running out of time to find and visit this place. We just did, barely, before the darkness arrived.

Again, I cannot reveal the coordinates for this cave, but it is near Stockholm. Join the Swedish Caving Association, though (link) and get access to their massive database of caves! 


See more caving stories at Planetcaver.net, and all Planetskier and Planetcaver stories at Blogspot and TGR! See also my cave map that runs the Psgeo software that has now been open sourced! This article and photos are (c) 2020 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Kasbergsgrottan

 

Small cliff.. but such a nice cave and rock!

I suppose there are strawberries here at some time in the year, based on the sign. Or maybe its just a sign telling us how good this place is.

Unfortunately, I am not allowed to tell you where this cave is, but it is within a driving distance from Stockholm. If you join the Swedish caving association, you get access to their cave database, though.




See more caving stories at Planetcaver.net, and all Planetskier and Planetcaver stories at Blogspot and TGR! See also my cave map that runs the Psgeo software that has now been open sourced! This article and photos are (c) 2020 by J. & J. Arkko. All rights reserved.


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Getsvältan

 

Getsvältan offers great views onto the sea and a nice crawl into small caves.

The location of this cave is a secret to avoid vandalism; please take care. The location can be acquired through the Swedish caving association, members have access to the the database of caves.




See more caving stories at Planetcaver.net, and all Planetskier and Planetcaver stories at Blogspot and TGR! See also my cave map that runs the Psgeo software that has now been open sourced! This article and photos are (c) 2020 by Jari Arkko. All rights reserved.

Monday, August 31, 2020

Bombergsgrottan

Bombergsgrottan has a small entrance, a hole at the bottom of a big cliff. But the small hole hides a big (25m, big by Finnish standards) cave that extends left and right under the cliff.

The crawling is good, on top of sharp rocks and under the close and relatively smooth roof.

The cave is listed in the Suomen Luolat book as well as in Retkipaikka.

Bombergsgrottan is in Liljendal, and easily accessible, by the road. Coordinates: N 60.60521 E 26.05246.






See more caving stories at Planetcaver.net, and all Planetskier and Planetcaver stories at Blogspot and TGR! See also my cave map that runs the Psgeo software that has now been open sourced! This article and videos is (c) 2016-2020 by Jari Arkko, and all photos (c) 2016 by Jarmo Ruuth. All rights reserved.

Mäyrämäki. Badger hill.

 

Icy holes. Those are the best ones!

On the trip to Bombersgrottan, we also stopped at the Mäyrämäki massive crack and cave underneath.

It was tricky to enter the cave though, given that it was so icy. Not to mention getting out of the cave.

Coordinates: N 60.72975 E 26.22404.

Wondering if we should go in:

The canyons:




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Sunday, August 30, 2020

Roof caves on Isonniitunmäki

Jarmo went further on our search in Vihti, and found some small roof caves.

I had taken the shorter, upper route and he took the lower route. The forest here is pretty thick, and it had been rainy, so going through the lower parts of the hill was quite a lot of wet work :-)





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Hiidenkellari. Rare Karst in Finland.

Such beautiful pure calcite in the ceiling and floor. And cut so exact, as if by man... but it is the works of chemistry and water.

Jarmo, Eino, and me did a Sunday outing in Vihti, visiting the Hiidenkellari (Devil's Basement) cave. This cave had been used in the early 1900s for cold storage of milk, so a wall and door had been setup at the cave's entrance. And a small storage pool made of concrete. Still, this cave was spectacular in a cold, wet fall morning. Beautiful rock... water droplets shining like diamonds... colors like gold... and a tight spot to crawl into the final chamber of the cave...

The cave map for this cave is here.  The coordinates are N 60.35048 E 24.40388, but please be careful in the area -- the cave is very close to a house, so do not disturb anyone if you do visit this place.

We also walked around the hills to see if there's any other caves, and found two small holes between boulders at N 60.35236 E 24.40841 and at N 60.35259 E 24.40807. Jarmo went further than I did on this search, there are some additional small roof caves (described here). There was also the ruins of a basement of a house near the main cave.

The photos below are by me (Jari Arkko) and Jarmo and Eino Ruuth. First the entrance:

Inside:

Roof:

Floor:

Final chamber:

Crawl:

Butterfly:

Boulder hole 1:

Boulder hole 2:

See more caving stories at Planetcaver.net, and all Planetskier and Planetcaver stories at Blogspot and TGR! See also my cave map that runs the Psgeo software that has now been open sourced! This article, pictures and videos is (c) 2020 by Jari Arkko and Jarmo Ruuth. All rights reserved.