They all looked promising. Very promising. Boulder caves, cracks, potential beginnings of paths deeper underground. But no, the scale was all wrong. We could not judge the scale in the barren landscape. Every single time we approached the cave holes it turned out that they are tiny holes between rocks, not massive cave openings like they looked from afar.
Jarmo and I wondered why that was the case. Maybe the rock in this area is easily broken to small pieces. Or broken through the harsh weather conditions. And instead of large boulders leaving a lot of space between themselves, the rocky landscape is filled to the brim with small rocks that fill all potential holes between other rocks. Does anyone know?
But back to the beginning. As part of our exploration trip to the Njiellalanjávri area, Duncan, Jarmo and me scouted all possible cave holes around lakes Njiellalanjávri, Toskaljärvi, Veajetjávrrit, and Láfoljávri lakes, and the mountains in between. We also scouted for limestone (see separate article).
The above map is also available as a google maps collection (click here).
Read more urban exploration stories from theurbanexplorer.net, and other underground stories from planetcaver.net. Read the full Planetskier series at planetskier.net, or all blog articles from Blogspot or TGR. Photos and text and coordinates (c) 2023 by Jari Arkko, Jarmo Ruuth, and Duncan Simey. All rights reserved. Map base is from Maanmittauslaitos per CC BY 4.0, modified with the markings.