|Location:||On Vargberget (Wolf Mountain). In Kristinestad at the border of Karijoki.|
Cave: entrance gated, otherwise no restrictions.
Wolf Cave Exhibition: 22-MAY to 20-AUG Tue-Sun 12-17.
|Light:||bring torch/not necessary|
Karijoki municipial offices, Tel: +358-6-268-0101.
Karijoki Guides, Maija Ala-Heikkilä, Tel: +358-6-268-0405, Cell: +358-50-362-8135.
Kristiinankaupunki Guides, Tourist Bureau of Kristiinankaupunki, Tel: +358-6-221-2311, Cell: +358-40-569-3796. E-mail:
Wesander Marketing, Raymond Wesander, Cell: +358-400-365-405. E-mail:
Wolf Cave exhibition, Pyhävuori, Tel: +358-6-2221- 803. E-mail:
Wolf Cave Tourist Center, Paarmanninvuori, Tel: +358-40-508-0405. E-mail:
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|1997||multidisciplinary research project initiated.|
|2002||Wolf Cave Exhibition opened to the public.|
The Susiluola (Wolf Cave) is a small horizontal crevice in crystalline rock. Not an impressive cave as one might think, but still an important shelter for Stone Age people living here far in the north. The place was known for a long time by the locals, but the cave was completely filled with sediments for very long and not visible. In 1997 the National Board of Antiquities, in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Finland and the Helsinki University Department of Geology started excavationg this location. Because of its importance this archaeological site is tody open to the public. There is a museum nearby which tells about the archaeological work. The excavations are still in progress so the site is not generally open, but it is possible to visit it on guided tours for groups.
The excavation produced an enormous amount of material, but it was difficult to interpret. It seems, this cave was occupied by humans before the last Ice Age, more than 120,000 years ago.
The cave itself may be visited by booking a tour with one of several tour operators. Of course one can also go there and have a look through the iron gate. Obviously all of the cave is visible through the bars. We recommend to start at the Susiluolan opastuskeskus (Wolf Cave Tourist Center), which is located on Paarmanninvuori hill in Karijoki. It contains the Susiluolanäyttely (Wolf Cave Exhibition), a small museum. An audio-visual presentation of the landscape and life in and around the Wolf Cave some 120,000 years ago is completed by findings, maps and background info on Neanderthals. Benath the archaeological details, the geology of the area and the geology of the cave are explained. At the center a 1km long trail starts, which connects the Wolf Cave, a rock garden, a bronze-age burial site and a moraine, which is locally called devil's field.