Is there snow where you live? Finland is divided into two this winter: in south there is no snow, in north there is plenty. See some snowy pics!
Reasons for wilderness huts 6/12: cabins for lumberjacks
Forests of Finland have been in use for a long time. In the era of two-man saws and axes there were hundreds of lumberjacks' cabins throughout Finnish woods. Some of them act as open wilderness huts nowadays.
Reasons for wilderness huts 5/12: patrol cabins for border guards
Border guard is one of those professions where you work in the field, deep in the wilderness. In the old days patrol cabins were necessary, but not so much any more. So, many old patrol cabins are open wilderness huts now.
Reasons for wilderness huts 3/12: reindeer herding
Have you ever dreamed of spending the Christmas in wilderness? I've spent two Christmas Eves in a wilderness hut, far away from nearest road, and I can recommend the experience! Wilderness huts that originally were reindeer herders' huts is the main topic this time, though.
Reasons for wilderness huts 4/12: gold digging
Did you know there has been two gold rushes in Finnish Lapland? Gold digging with spade and pan is a peculiar kind of activity that has left many interesting huts and other monuments in those two areas.
Reasons for wilderness huts 2/12: hunting and fishing
One early reason to build shelters deep in the wilderness was hunting and fishing. Here you'll find some examples of wilderness huts that were originally built for those purposes.
Wilderness huts and history
There are hundreds of open wilderness huts in Finland. How come there are so many, and why? There are twelve main reasons for building huts, and these reasons show interesting history about moving about in the wilderness. This post is an index to a dozen posts about this subject.
Hiking in Finland – book reviews
From book reviews: "This really is guidebook writing at its best." "Overall, this is one of the best guidebooks I’ve seen on backpacking in Scandinavia." "The book does a very good job at its two main tasks. Does it make me want to go hiking in Finland? Yes. Does it give me the information I need to do so? Yes." (I stuck this post to the top of my blog, so the newest post is below this one.)
Rock paintings are signs our ancestors made several thousands of years ago. Here I describe top 4 rock painting sites in Finland.
The best destination for wildlife travel – Finland
"Our 2019 analysis has found Finland to be the best destination in the world for wildlife travel – thanks to its high levels of environmental sustainability, its unique and varied diversity of species, beautiful natural landscapes, and conservation efforts." Who says so? And on what basis? Let's see.