Small mining world from the pen of Alvar Aalto
Mätäsvaara is a former mining village, where a molybdenum mine was opened in 1939. In the time of the Continuation War it was the second largest mine in Finland. In the village there are still factory-built houses designed by the legendary architect Alvar Aalto. The mine was closed in 1947, but you can still visit the mining structures or follow concerts on the stage built in the mine lagoon.
The open pit of the mine, called Forsström’s hole, is a stage in the summer. Rain water filled the mine after it was closed, which formed a lagoon. Now there is a 350-seat stand. The mine lagoon has great acoustics; and concerts there are a unique, unforgettable experience.