Maiden´s Dances

In Finland, there are about a hundred stone labyrinths, also called Maiden’s dances or Troy Towns, and almost all of them are located near the coast. On Kimito Island and in the archipelago of Kimito Island there are seven Maiden’s dances with antiquity status and a larger number whose ages have not been determined.

The oldest still existing stone labyrinths are estimated to have been constructed during the Bronze Age, whilst the youngest are believed to be only a few hundred years old.
The meaning of the Maiden’s dances without doubt must certainly have changed over the long period of time since they were built. The labyrinths are mythical, and are believed to have had something to do with magical rites. According to one story, the bride and groom had to find the way together through the labyrinth to secure a happy marriage, but other stories are about things like hunting for happiness and obtaining prosperity through good weather. Others have guessed that the Maiden’s dances also had something to do with parties, games, and other pastimes.

A Maiden’s dance as an outing destination:

Jarlsgård in Västanfjärd is located on a large rocky area which is reached via a path. Next to the Devil's field there are two mazes, one of which is large and intact, and the other small and partially disintegrated. More information about the labyrinths can be found on the Museum's webpages.
Västerfladan’s Maiden’s dance is found on the island of Holma which you can reach by taking a connecting boat from Kasnäs. A marked nature trail leads to the Maiden’s dance. More information can be found on the Museum's website.

At Rosala Viking Center there is a reconstructed Maiden’s dance.

If you are visiting a Maiden’s dance, be careful not to knock over or move the stones, and do not extend the Maiden’s dance with new stones!

Other Maiden’s dances in the area:
On the Kimito Islands there are a number of other Maiden’s dances that are not suitable as destination to visit as some are adjacent to private houses, and some are very difficult to get to or are in areas that can be damaged by being visited.

On Benholmen’s northern tip, near Lövö bridge, there is a Maiden’s dance covered in moss and lichen.

On the northern end of the island of Bolax there is a Maiden’s dance which is partly on bare rock and partly on the surrounding terrain. The maze is very close to the forecourt of a private house, so we therefore advise against visits.

On the outer skerry of Ejskär, in the outer archipelago of Vänäs, there is a Maiden’s dance that is almost completely destroyed. Single rows of stones can still be distinguished.

On the eastern side of the island of Stora Ängeskär, on a flat cliff with a view that opens to the east, there is an almost completely overgrown Maiden’s dance, which is difficult to find.

On the island of Malen there is a Maiden’s dance covered in moss. The forecourt of private house is located immediately next to the Maiden’s dance, and therefore it cannot be visited without the agreement of the landowner.

On Vänö there is a Maiden’s dance at Nyängen, however, clear lines of stones cannot be distinguished.

On Vänö's south-eastern headland near the water’s edge is a more well-defined Maiden’s dance, which is believed to be a new reconstruction.

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