A Tour Around Lappajärvi, Europe’s Largest Crater Lake

Episode 36

In this episode, I speak to Teemu Öhman who is a Craterologist or, to be more precise, an Earth and planetary scientist and lecturer at Arctic Planetary Science Institute. Teemu explained about the creation of Lake Lappajärvi in Etelä-Pohjanmaa, and then gave some recommendations of places to visit in the Lappajärvi area. All of which you can discover for yourself, using the new virtual Craterlake Geotrail commissioned by Järviseutu-Seura ry

Download MP3 of A Tour Around Lappajärvi, Europe’s Largest Crater Lake

Teemu’s Selected Highlights of Lappajärvi

Finnish words

  • Lappajärvi – Crater lake in Etelä-Pohjanmaa
  • Vimpeli – Town east of Lake Lappajärvi
  • Alajärvi – Town south of Lake Lappajärvi
  • Porvoo – Town in Southern Finland
  • Koli – Town in Eastern Finland
  • UNESCO Geo Park
  • Merenkurku – Archipelago area near Vaasa, Etelä-Pohjanmaa
  • Björköby – island in the Merenkurku area

Next episode: Preserving the Culture of a Lost Karelia


  1. Hi Mark! I recently discovered your Explore Finland podcasts. How wonderful!! All of my ancestors came to America from Finland in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Three of my grandparent “branches” came from the villages in southern Ostrobothnia around Seinäjoki and Vaasa (three grandparents were born in Kuortane and Alavus). The fourth branch came from the villages around Oulu. So, these podcasts really hit “home” for me! I’d love to hear more especially about the geologic and human/political/cultural history of these regions and Finland in general–both ancient, medieval, and more recent. (I was blown away by the info about the Battle of Napue in the Isökyrö Distillery episode.) Many thanks for doing these podcasts! Please keep doing them. Kiitos paljon!


    1. Hi Lisa,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments, I REALLY appreciate it! I’ve had many people tell me they relate to the show because of their ancestors. The podcast is still just a hobby for me, but it’s just great to hear that it resonates with people. feedback like this makes it all worthwhile.

      I’ve decided to aim for monthly episodes from 2019 onwards, that will keep it regular (for you) without becoming overwhelming (for me). If you haven’t already heard them, then let me suggest a few episodes for you:

      – Episode 10 – Training for Olympic Success with Olli-Pekka Karjalainen (recorded in Kuortane)
      – Episode 17 – The History of Emigration from Finland with Tella Lahti from the Finnish Emigrant Museum
      – Episode 26 – Reconstructing Finland’s Emigrant History with Tella Lahti from the Finnish Emigrant Museum
      – Episode 30 – Jussi paita: Ostrobothnia’s Uniform with Tytti Kuusinen & Onni Venäläinen, student Film-makers

      No spoliers, I’ll keep you in suspense, but I think the upcoming epsiode I recorded in Lapua will be right up your street (it will be published towards the end of June 2019).

      Keep listening and keep in touch,



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