All those paintings in the Finnish National Gallery and the Instagram shots reveal the same thing: it’s one heck of a view
Koli is the hill at the heart of the lush Koli National Park. Its family tree is impressive, as the peak is a predecessor of the Karelian fold mountains, a prehistoric geological site formed by tectonic plates crashing some 1800 million years ago. When the ice-age ended, the mountains eroded away over millions of years, leaving behind Koli as we know it today.
The Ukko-Koli summit, reaching 347 m, is the highest peak in the southern half of Finland and consists largely of white quartzite stone. As the world around the peak has shifted and changed over the years, fragments of the rock have been deposited throughout the area. Geologically speaking, it’s the oldest soil you can walk on in continental Europe.
The Koli peak overlooks Pielinen – the fourth largest lake in Finland – and the islands that stretch across its surface. The picture-perfect view is the archetypal Finnish scenery, and few national landscapes have captured imaginations quite like Koli has.