Pothole pair
Photo: Sakari Kiuru

Visit “Tonttu” (The Elf) and “Päärynä” (The Pear), the huge potholes formed during the Ice Age, and take a trip back thousands of years in time.
The Askola Museum tells the early history of the area with its collection of maps and objects. The prehistorical stages of the area and its inhabitants have been clarified by the archaeological treasures discovered during digs. Indeed, Askola is one of the earliest human habitats in Finland. The archaeological exhibition presents an exceptionally comprehensive prehistoric collection as well as a vast amount of information on the topic. The museum also showcases the potholes in an exhibition discussing the potholes, which were discovered in the 1960s, and the massive amount of voluntary work which continues to enable the maintenance of the potholes.
The magnificent potholes created by massive forces of nature are located 8km from the museum in an impressive forest in Askola. The largest pothole called “Jättiläisen kuhnepytty” (The Giant’s Tub) is 4.2m wide and 10.3m deep. These potholes, created by water and rocks, have been named after their shape or old folklore.

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Askola Museum
The history of the Askola area, presented through not only artefacts typical of local museums but also inviting countryside interiors, blow-up photographs and a rare prehistoric collection, all exhibited in an old granary.

The Potholes of Askola