Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north

Sailing Away

I traded the land this weekend for water and the trailrunners for a boat. My girlfriend and me left to Lahti early on Friday morning, and after meeting up with our friends and a good lunch we headed to the harbour. Our friend kept us in the dark what kind of floating device will act as our mode of transport, and the more surprised we were as we walked up to a beautiful wooden boat:

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My friend's boat.

We stored our gear in the boat, and soon we land-rats were on the lake, wind in the hair and sun shining down on us. We picked up a friend and his son on the way and then headed to the island where we stayed for the night, Selkäsaari. Walking up from the dock we saw the lean-to shelters in which we slept. We started a fire and then exercised by playing Crocket/ Cricket.

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The lean-to shelter in which we slept.

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Pancakes...

After pancakes, sausages and corn we started to build the Sauna. It was a laborious undertaking and lasted the whole evening, but if you're blessed with a beautiful sunset these tasks take a backseat and one sits down to enjoy the nature.

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The Sauna, early work in progress.

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My girlfriend keeps on saying "This just remembers me of Lapin Kulta."

We went to sleep around 1.30 o'clock and continued the work in the morning, after a delicious breakfast it went fast and soon we head it ready.

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Benches, stove, framework for the tent.

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My Hand-made Sauna ladle of birch bark.

The Sauna was excellent, together with a cool beer and good conversations and the swim in the lake in between. We had a rest in the sun afterwards, and then started to disassemble the Sauna tent. A late lunch before heading back to the city by the same beautiful boat ended this trip, which we truly enjoyed. Sometimes you don't need to hike for kilometers to reach a beautiful place, but just need to hop on a boat and drive for a short while =)

Pirkan-Taival Trail Trip

We're back! The bus dropped us on Tuesday morning at 09.55 o'clock in Kuru, and we immediately started walking. The first kilometer was along the road, but after a idyllic lake it took a left turn and soon we were walking in the forest. The sun was shining, it was warm and the mosquitos and horseflies were glad we enhenced their day with our sweet blood - I forgot to take Off! with me. We reached the lean-to shelter at Löyttyjärvi after an hour of walking, and had a snack and a little break before we continued.

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On the road.

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First break.

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Follow the sign!

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Dragonfly.

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On the left our camp.

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The view from camp.

After another one and half hour walking we reached the lean-to shelter on Koukerinvuori, where we would stay for the night. As we got up rather early - summer holidays mean we get up later than the normal 0630 we get up the rest of the year - Minna had a nap while I was walking around, snapping photos and entertaining myself with some Terry Pratchett and collecting wood to burn in the Bush Buddy.

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Flowers on the path.

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The view of an ant.

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A yellow flower.

Talking, reading, observing the nature around us and taking it easy made the time pass by quickly. I cooked us a delicious dinner, and later made our nightcap before we went to sleep. We both were warm in the Sir Joseph Double Attack, although the bag is a bit to wide cut for us, it could be slimmer. Maybe a good opportunity to look for a more suitable bag. We slept long the following day - it rained during the night - and had a relaxed breakfast. We added some dried fruits and nuts to the müsli, which made it excellent, that will be come a staple food item on future trips. Around noon we started to walk back to Kuru. We decided to walk past by the road, and it was a good decision: heaps of forest strawberries were in one spot, which we eagerly collected!

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Forest strawberries, collected in less than five minutes! We filled it up till the rim at the next spot =)

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Idyllic, isn't it?

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Beautiful.

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Tiny.

We arrived at Kuru at three, and sat down for a cup of coffee and cake, did some food shopping for cooking at home and caught the bus which brought us safe home. Civilization had us back after a night in the wild, in which I learned that you can use the Bush Buddy also to empty the dry toilet of mosquitos if you put it in there for a while, with some moist wood to burning in it =) The BBU is really excellent, I like it even more than a real fire. It was a beautiful trip, and we might soon go again on another one!

Food (for Thought)

Tomorrow at 08.50 o'clock the girlfriend and me will take the bus to Kuru to walk part of the Pirkan-Taival Trail. Its gonna be an easy, relaxed walk, where she will be the boss if it comes to speed and breaks. I will carry the food, sleeping bags and mattresses, kitchen and so on, while she can take it easy and carry the snacks and her own water. While I was considering going with the Real Turmat food, we decided to go with my own cooking for this trip. We also just got her a Haglöfs Hail Q Jacket this morning, for rain and wind protection. Together with her Haglöfs pants she's now set and should be save if there's some rain.

Our Dinner will be curry rice with tuna and pineapple. Its quick and tasty, and costs significantly less than the 8€ one of the Real Turmat bags would have cost me. As a nightcap we take a hot Minttu cacao - Minttu is a delicious Finnish peppermint liqueur, and I saw in Alko that they had it in a small bottle so it is perfect for this trip.

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Dinner + Nightcap.

As snacks I bought us a variety of organic fruit bars, at 1€ a piece they're affordable and tasty. Two organic chocolate bars for some quick energy, as well as a bag of assorted nuts should keep us going. If we feel like something warm to drink, the good cappucino cacao will be the go to.

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Snacks for the day.

Breakfast will be organic müsli with milk powder, an apple - I can't continue to say how good apples are as trail food! - and another cup of cappucino cacao. I'll pre-mix the müsli and milk powder in zip-lock bags this evening, so I don't need to carry the cardboard boxes.

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Breakfast.

We'll be back Wednesday evening, so you can expect a trip report one Thursday or Friday.