Day 4 Bear’s Den Stone, i.e. Karhunpesäkivi in Finnish
According to a legend, a Lapp male got lost in a snow storm, took cover in a nearby cave and immediately fell asleep. Only in the morning, when he woke up, he noticed that he had been sleeping beside a hibernating bear. When the storm had died down, he cautiously and silently left the cave without waking up the bear deep in its winter sleep.
And then the facts: Bear’s Den Stone is an erratic bolder located in Myössäjärvi, approximately 25 km north of Ivalo. Karhunpesäkivi, which is a tafone rock formation reminiscent of a giant’s kettle, is the only such structure in the world that has shifted from its original location during the Ice Age. Karhunpesäkivi is also the largest, so-called erratic, hollow bolder in Finland. The tafone was created as the internal parts of the rock were gradually abraded by water and changes in temperature. The interior surfaces of the rock feature a honeycomb-like formation created by the weaker material eroding around the stronger material.
Pic 1: entrance in lower right corner, exit / escape hole in lower left corner.
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