Are any carvings covered?
Some of the carving in the world heritage area are temporarily covered during the winter to protect them from weathering. Here you will find information whether any sites are covered and therefore not available to see.
Winter is a risky time for the preservation of the granite rock surface and the images carved into it. The water inside cracks freezes and thaws repeatedly during the cold season, thereby breaking and damaging the granite. By covering the rock carvings, the temperature keeps more stable and reduces the number of times this process occurs. Bags filled with sand have also been placed on some panels in order to divert water. The covering also prevents lichens, algae and other vegetation from growing on the rock; plants that otherwise can contribute to the weathering of the rock.
Sites that are fully available:
- Litsleby - there are some sag bags but otherwise the site is available (depending on the ice situation, that is).
Right now, the following panels are covered:
- Fossum – all panels except one are covered.
- Aspeberget – the main panel and one of the smaller panels are covered.
Snow and ice
Depending on the weather, the rock art panels might be covered with ice and snow during the winter.
Opening hours for the rock carvings
The rock carving sites are open 24/7, every day of the year. And are free of charge.