I’ve been very fortunate this winter, for I’ve had plenty of opportunities for winter hiking, that is ski touring. I just returned home from the last trip. Most of Finland has been green and without snow for a while already, but the North-Westernmost corner, Käsivarsi Wilderness Area, has still a thick snow cover. That’s where we did a week long ski tour with my friend. This was one of the best hikes in all my life, nothing less.
A wonderful hike, absolutely. Proper amount of challenging conditions and heavenly beauty.
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During my journey home I once again found myself being awestruck by the length of Finland in May. Wednesday morning I woke up at Saarijärvi wilderness hut. It was a couple of degrees below zero (Celsius).
We skied in good weather to Kilpisjärvi, where my car was waiting. At Kilpisjärvi it was a couple of degrees above zero. When I left my friend to his home at Ylläs, it was +12°C. After Rovaniemi the car thermometer said it was +25°C outside.
I live in Kuhmo, about half way between Finland’s southern and northern end. The next day, Thursday, was a hot day in Kuhmo. We did our first paddling trip this summer, and then we walked to a deserted beach. All the rest of my family swam, but I myself prefer to spare that pleasure until July… 🙂
Finnish guidebook author and freelance journalist. For 20 years I have earned my income by writing about hiking and nature. By blogging I'm not trying to earn anything, but I find this is fun! It is nice to see a complete product (blog article) ready in an instant (compared to a long magazine article or a book).
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