Vinjakula is a hike for those who want more, as this five hour leads you to the highest peak in Magma Geopark and back. During the walk up to the beautiful summit plateau, you pass through old rocks from the root zone of a mountain chain. Be prepared to be amazed by the view from the top of Vinjakula in the northern part of Magma Geopark.
Vinjakula (Duration: 3-5 hours)
With its summit at 907 meters, Vinjakula is the highest point in Magma Geopark. It is located in the northern part of the geopark that is dominated by old gneissic rocks. One of the starting points to walk up the mountain is at Veen which is situated between two lakes in a green valley. Veen is located on an end moraine, composed of loose material left behind when the last ice sheet melted about 12.000 years ago.
As you climb higher, there are more and more outcrops of solid rock. These rocks are gneisses that have a striped appearance – a foliation. The foliation dips gently to the east all the way to the summit. These gneisses were originally a large body of granite that became squashed and stretched in the root zone of a mountain chain about 1000 million years ago. This root zone extends for at least as far as you can see in all directions from the summit. The mountains here were as high as the Himalayas today. The gneisses were several tens of kilometers below the tops of the mountain. From the top of Vinjakula you can see dramatic scenery in the valley below and appreciate the area of Magma Geopark that stretches south all the way to the sea.
You can reach the starting point of the hike via FV 503, parking at Veen Camping. The hiking trip to the summit of Vinjakula at 907 meters and back takes about 5 hours. For the full Vinjakula experience, contact Magma Geopark for guided tours in the area!