Hurdle Skiing: When the Ice Disappears and the Snow Quickly Melts

Hurdle skiing around Rautujärvi
Hurdle skiing in April

Since a bit more than a week, the plus degrees (Celsius, of course) have taken over, leading the snow and ice to melt quickly. While there is still enough snow to go skiing, the melting of the ice, especially on the rivers, makes skiing increasingly difficult because of certain barriers that the holes that are left behind: Crossing rivers by following the regular tracks became impossible. However, going through some kind of hurdle skiing, it is still possible to ski toward Pyhäkero, in the Pallas-Yllästunturi national park. After one colder night and a sunny day, we thus decided to make a short trip to the lean-to shelter at Rautujärvi, to enjoy our dinner while looking at the Pyhäkero fell. Continue to the photo gallery and the full article

The ’46 km for 360° of Pyhäkero in 48 Hours’ Round Trip

Pyhäkero fell
Pyhäkero in a view close from Hetta

The peak of Pyhäkero is the most visible part of the Pallas-Yllästunturi national park when looking from Hetta toward South – toward the national park. Several trails are leading to – or over the Pyhäkero fell. For our weekend trip, we chose to make ski around the Pyhäkero fell, including one overnight stay at the Sioskuru open wilderness hut, instead of just taking the shortest way up. Continue to the photo gallery and the full article

Another Website Project Finished: www.korulaakso.com

Besides working on my own website(s), I also helped one of the local shops here to a new web appearance. Koru Laakso, so the name of the shop, is not only making and selling silver jeweleries, but is also one of the three parties in Hetta that offer a boat ferry service over the lake Ounasjärvi during the summer hiking season, as well as a car transfer service (especially between Pallas & Hetta). These two services are quite popular for hikers and it is quite useful to find this information (contact details etc.) before coming to Enontekiö – or Pallas. I hope I have helped to make this service easier to find now.
So if you are interested in these services, or in traditional Lappish jewelery, have a look at www.korulaakso.com – it’s accessible in three languages (fi/en/de).

Ice Fishing on Ounasjärvi

drilling an ice hole on frozen lake
Ice fishing on lake Ounasjärvi

Now that it gets warmer again during the days, not only skiing and playing ice hockey are possible outdoor activities, but also ice fishing  becomes way more attractive than during the colder season. It is still though some work to drill through the ice: after shoveling away about 30 cm of snow, there still has been a layer of approximately 60 cm of frozen Ounasjärvi water. However, after succeeding with the warm up operations, the relaxing ice fishing can begin! Continue to the photo gallery and the full article