Rapola Hill Fort (Finland)

Rapola Hill Fort (Finland)

Hill forts or “castles” were places were people took refuge during a time of danger. They were located on steep hills or ridges and quite often also fortified.

Rapola hill fort is the oldest and largest in Finland. It was built during the Viking age and area it covers is 400 meters long and 200 meters wide.

1-4: remains of the walls

5: on the top of the hill

6: Walls/info

7-8 A view from an observation post towards lake Vanajavesi. I guess that approaching raiding parties were rather easy to spot from here. .

9: Map depicting a chain of hill forts along lake Vanajavesi. Rapola is on a upper left corner of the map.

10. Info board

Rapola, May 2017