Yes, we hate each other, at least we say so. We make jokes about each other, and the least place on Earth you want to go to is this deeply hated neighbour of yours. But secretly, you are a bit jealous. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, right?
Once again I had to prove this old wisdom right. In August, I was driving along the West Coast of Finland, from my South-Western hometown to Lapland and back. Even if the trip was all about beautiful Finland, I got a tip of a place that literally rocked my world! It’s a fell called Luppioberget, and yes, it’s in SWEDEN!
Luppioberget is super easy to find, and you can drive nearly all the way to the top. It’s located along the road 99 that is following the border between Finland and Sweden. Luppioberget is well signed, so it would be very hard to miss.
Luppioberget has been a traditional day trip destination for nature lovers since the 19th century. It’s also known as a famous place for celebrating the Midsummer. And I don’t wonder why—it’s a place in Sweden you don’t want to miss!
And this was said by a Finn!
It’s impossible to describe the breathtaking landscapes that are spreading in front of your eyes when standing on top of Luppioberget. None of my photos make justice to the surrounding nature, not even close! Do you like the views on the pictures above? Let me tell you a secret!
Yep, it’s Finland! In your face, Sweden! On Instagram I was already joking why I love Sweden so much—It has the most wonderful views over to Finland!
The best spot for photographing—or just admiring the views while taking deep breaths of the cleanest air—is on the rocks a little bit below the fell top. But there is so much more than just beautiful landscapes: Luppioberget is a real dream destination for adventurous travellers like me, who enjoy climbing and jumping on the rocks more than anything!
You can find something exciting behind each crack and rock formation, from deep canyons that remind you of trenches that kept the soldiers safe from fire during the war, to caves and old bunkers built on the rocks. Even if Luppioberget is an adventurous and exciting day trip destination, it’s suitable for every kind of traveller who is able to walk and is in good shape; stairs with fences have been built to the steepest spots, so you don’t need to do any rock climbing in case it’s not a sport for you.
I had heard about the caves and, actually about the whole Luppioberget, from Heidi, who is the entrepreneur of Aavasaksa Experience. Heidi and her husband Brett are providing accommodation and taking travellers to nature in Aavasaksa (very near Luppioberget but, of course, on Finland’s side of the river).
I had been jumping and climbing around Luppioberget for quite a while, but I hadn’t seen any caves. I was a bit frustrated, as I had a long drive ahead of me, so I couldn’t have stayed too late even if I wanted. But I definitely didn’t want to leave before finding those caves! So I kept jumping and climbing around for a bit longer.
The more I jumped and climbed on the rocks of Luppioberget, the more I fell in love with the fell. I fell in love with its impressive rock formations that could have given you a shelter in case of rain. I fell in love with the initials carved on the rocks, the campfire spots and the dead ends I encountered. Such dead ends you couldn’t pass through without an adventurous spirit, a little bit of courage and strength for climbing.
I wasn’t lying when I said there’s a place in Sweden that truly rocked my world. Literally.
And remember, this was said by a Finn!
But damn, I just couldn’t find those caves. No matter how much I was climbing and jumping and peeking behind those spectacular rock formations.
Would I have to give up now? I really didn’t want to, because Swedish caves had impressed me before!
Thinking of my long drive, I was racing with time. Sadly, I had to give up with the caves. Just before leaving I peeked inside one of the old bunkers on the rocks. Has someone really spent his night down here?
Time had eaten the crumbling walls of the bunker. Suddenly the whole place felt spooky—if someone closed the steel door now, I would be trapped here forever. I felt the cold shivers on my back.
Now, more than 2 months after my day trip to Luppioberget, I’m reading my notes I wrote down that day. One sentence catches my attention:
One of my most favourite places in the whole world!
And yet, more than two months after, I can still sign that comment.
And remember; this was said by a Finn!
Even if there is a Swedish flag on top of Luppioberget, and even if many many tourists were climbing the wooden stairs to the top while I was there, the stunning rock formations and breathtaking postcard views really deserved their spot in this little hikers’ daydreams.
It’s true—Luppioberget really rocked my world!
I found out afterwards that the caves are located on ‘the Swedish side of the fell’. As my trip was all about travel in Finland, I was mostly admiring the views on the Finnish side of the fell.
Even if the Swedish side didn’t look too bad either…
Oh well, I was only following my own rule; Always leave something for the next time, am I right?
When you drive up to Luppioberget, next to the parking lot there is a restaurant called Utblick. I found out that when standing on the terrace of the restaurant, you can clearly see a sign pointing to the caves. Because we’re in Sweden, the sign says “Grotta”.
I had to learn it the hard way; Always leave enough time for a glass of wine or a pint. I wouldn’t have missed the caves if I had done that.