Swimming in half-frozen Ounasjärvi

Person swimming in lake that is only partly open from ice

Swimming in half-frozen Ounasjärvi

The snow lasted a bit longer this year than in previous years, and so did the ice. While last week I still experienced frequent snowfall, the thermometer suddenly climbed above 20°C. This led to the rare combination of half open lakes while having perfect swimming weather. So that’s what had to be done …

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Via Rautuoja to Hannukuru: Last skiing trip this winter through Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

snow covered brook in front of fell top


The weather forecast couldn’t make it more clear: Up to plus 8°C and rain next week suggests that the skiing season is at its end. Yet, the snow is still great, so a skiing trip seamed unavoidable: Time for skiing to a to Hannukuru, in the middle of Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park Continue to the photo gallery and the full article

Taking Advantage of the Spring Sun: Skiing in Pöyrisjärvi Wilderness Area

Our skiing tracks in the fell landscape

Our skiing tracks near Olkojärvi

After I shortened my skiing trip in March, finally the circumstances seemed right to go for another skiing trip: Together with a friend we spent one week on our skiers in the Pöyrisjärvi Wildreness Area. With our bivy bags in our luggage, we made a loop from Hetta to lake Pöyrisjärvi, and enjoyed the warmth of the intense spring sun. Continue to the photo gallery and the full article

Short Trip to Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park – Skiing on Outtakka and Rautuvaara

clouds and fell snow covered fells

Cloudy weather in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

 Earlier this year I got a new pair of skiers that should compromise between distance and downhill skiing, with a light telemark binding. Living near Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, I thought it might be a good idea to test the new equipment there before going for longer trips with it. Thus I decided to ski into Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, spend two nights in the Rautuoja open wilderness hut, and used the days to ski up and down the nearby fells Outtakka and Rautuvaara.

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