Geocaching is a modern kind of treasure hunting. Participants use a GPS to find a cache that is hidden in a variety of locations. Geocaching can be practiced alone or together with others and it is suitable for all ages!
Geocaching gives you the opportunity to discover nature from a new angle. Equipped with a GPS, a map and/or compass, you can discover some of the 15,000 Finnish caches.
The first step in geocaching is to search for the location of a cache using the GPS. The next step is to find the cache from the terrain. The cache can be hidden under a stone or in a trunk shaft, a crack in a doorjamb or some other imaginative and challenging place.
The Kiilopää Fell Centre has numerous caches hidden around the area, near the Fell Center and around the Kiilopää fells. You can borrow (deposit) a GPS and a leaflet with basic information from the reception. The coordinates for the various caches can be downloaded from the website www.geocaching.com.
Each cache has two ratings for difficulty: difficulty of finding the cache and terrain. Ranging from 1 (easy) to 5 (very difficult). An easy cache can be spotted easily in the terrain, a difficult one requires more thinking or even special equipment. An easy terrain is wheelchair accessible, a difficult terrain requires special equipment (a boat, climbing ropes or other).
The caches may have different sizes, ranging from the size of a 35mm film canister (micro cache) to the size of a bucket. The standard caches have a volume of about one liter.
There are different types of caches. The most common one's are traditional caches, where the coordinates lead directly to the cache.
The multicaches are composed of a set of caches, each cache providing the coordinates for the next cache. These coordinates can be written on hidden papers or written on fences for example.
Please note that caches might not be available during certain seasons (snow or a frozen river might make it impossible to reach a cache).
Geocaching allows you to discover spectacular landscapes, historical sites or remarkable locations in a different and original way.
Geocaching is a fun hobby that can develop your skills in orienteering, creativity, and your ability to think, all while practicing sports outdoors.
Experience geocaching in the stunning scenery of Kiilopää!