Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

UN Natural World Heritage Site Kvarken Archipelago Daytrip

Last weekend I was with M in Vaasa, visiting her parents. As we woke up on Saturday morning, a soft layer of snow was covering the land, and a warm sunshine and blue sky promised for a fine day - a day better spent outside instead of inside. M's mom has been a couple of weeks ago to UN Natural World Heritage Site Kvarken Archipelago which is just a short car ride from Vaasa. We didn't need much convincing, and at noon we were on our way.


View from the Parking lot.




Identify the two mosses and two lichen species.


We walked the green route.

It was the first time in a long while that I was walking on the coast, and the coast's charm immediately caught hold on me. It is so relaxing to see the Baltic Sea and walk on a beautiful trail through birches and pines, the floor covered in moss, climbing little moraines up and down, passing swamps on duck boards and structures from a time gone past.


An old fishing hut with the traditional reed roof.


Unidentified mushroom.


No chance of getting lost.

We walked a short nature trail, which passed the bird watching tower which you can see on some of the photos. A Mew Gull & a Whopper Swan was all I spotted, though one can see the White-Tailed Eagle there as well - reason alone for me to return and try to spot it. But there also goes a 12 km long trail through it, and at the end one could use a packraft (or walk over the ice, depending on the season) to get to the other side and continue onwards. It would make a mighty fine coastal walk, something which sounds like a nice adventure in my ears.





View from the tower.






Finland's longest bridge at dusk.

A fine day to be out, in an area which has sparked my interest and beckons me to return. And return I shall!

The Week in Review

Evolution. It happens all the time.



Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to steel. Steel leads to weight. Weight leads to suffering.

You, dear Ladies & Gentlemen, ROCK! Sadly I only can give away three Kupilka 21 kuksas, but those three lucky ones, we know, have the Force very strongly in them.

- Jason Picard from Lightweight Adventures Ontario in Canada.

- John Dourneen from Teach, Travel & Trek in South Korea.

- The Jolly Green Giant from LIGHTWEIGHT AND ULTRALIGHT BACKPACKING in the USA.

A massive Kiitos! - Thank you! to everyone who participated, I am blown away by all your responses and the list of outdoor drinks you created is excellent!

The three winners, please contact me via Email at hendrik dot morkel at gmail dot com with your address and then I will make the three kuksas ready for shipping during the coming week.



Mike from Big Wheel Building has a great post up about "What camera?!" in which he tells which camera and lenses he uses.

The UL Backpacker made a MYOG Panel loader with innovative outside pockets and inside pockets!

Ever wondered how to sleep comfortably in a hammock? I know I have, and so this article is a good one if you want to be able to answer that question.

Steven explains how he uses technology to do routes.

The Velo Hobo has some hot bike porn to see.

Heber enhenced his GoLite Ultra 20. If you want to pimp your quilt to new heights, read this article!



Simon from Northern Focus wants to go lighter - on a budget. Drop in and help him out!

The Radtke's are musing on Mids, especially the GoLite Shangri-La 5.

Sabine lets us know which gear was top and which gear a flop in her Greenland Gear round-up.

James has a first look at the PHD Yukon down pullover.

PTC has a close look at the LaSportiva Crossover.

More lightweightweight footwear is looked at by Carsten in form of the VFF Bikila.

Maz does a great analysis of his Winter Overnight System.

Perkunas has a great How to make your own axe sheath article up, a recommended read for owners of axes without sheaths.

Finally, I did a long-term review of the Klättermusen Loke down hoody.


If it just would already be like this.

Tony got lost in the dark. A great read, drop in and read this educational article!

Greg went to Bell Knot and onwards to Little Hart Crag and wonders if they should take away the sheep for a while. Great photos!

Paul did the Bannerdale Round.

Mark published part one of his "Traverse of Kinder Plateau and Bleaklow" trip report.

Adventure in Progress is Looking back on Speck Pond, a great family adventure in the first snow!

Cara tells about her [mis]adventure, a excellently written story of how sometimes trips can go wrong! Recommended read.

Gustav went with his family on a daytrip in Serbia - UL style. Great read and photos, if you have kids a must read!

If you followed Sabine's Arctic Circle Trail adventure in Greenland, you might have the same question as a lot of folks: How is Greenland?

Around Scotland takes us on a photographic journey around Loch Lubnaig.

Going Lighter is going Onwards.

Part One of Keith's "The Mourne Wall" trip report is online and you should go immediately to go read and see it.

Mike went to Fiend's Fell.

Yeti went with a friend on an overnighter, and that at the worst time of the year.

Check out Eugene's Deadman Peaks 50 Ultramarathon on the CDT video. Now!

Martin was in the Peak District.

Gleouraich and Spidean Mialach
was a daytrip by "Oh Inverted World".

Kupilka 21 Raffle

Shown patience you have, young UL Padawan. Time to reward thee and see if the force is with with you.



Three Kupilka 21 wait to enhance the life of UL Masters and Padawans in this galaxy. To earn the right to carry this Nordic status symbol, thou shalt show that you are worthy to carry it.

Leave a comment under this post, indicating your interest. To compete, thou shalt name the non-alcoholic beverage you want to drink from it, and as we all are able to control the force thou also shalt name the alcoholic beverage you want to consume from it.

On the 7th of November (this coming Sunday) at noon the competition closes, and the Force™ shall help to decide who are the worthy ones. They shall be announced in that same Sunday's The Week In Review.

*You want to become a Follower and come back on next Sunday to see if you won.*