the rock climbing mecca of Finland


Text and photo by Ville Palonen.

Rock climber Jimi Ansio belays Ulrika Uotila on a route called “Ruotsalaisten reitti” on Olhava cliff, a near perpendicular rock face at 50 metres high. Located in Repovesi National Park, a couple of hours drive from Helsinki, Olhava is regarded as the rock climbing mecca of Finland.

“From a climbing point of view, Olhava is the best Finland offers,” says Ansio. “It’s an all-encompassing place – you don’t go there just for climbing, a trip to Olhava is all about spending quality time in nature.”

This article was first published in the Summer 2015 issue of Finnair's monthly in-flight magazine Blue Wings.

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