With a friend we took an old river boat to travel down Ounasjoki until the Käkkälöjoki estuary. After going up a few Kilometers Käkkälöjoki, where we visited a friend, we took the same route back: Down Käkkälöjoki and up Ounasjoki, back to Hetta.Continue reading “Boat Hike from Hetta through Ounasjoki to Käkkälöjoki – and Back”
Another beautiful day was inviting us to bike up to the Pyhäkero open wilderness hut, from where we continued our journey to the summit of the Pyhäkero fell. After reaching the summit just in time for the sun set, we enjoyed the scenery while eating some delicious cloudberries that we picked on the way. Continue reading “Bike & Hike to Pyhäkero Fell – Eating Cloudberries in the Sun Set”
For approximately two months, the sun does not sink below the horizon in Hetta, peaking around the 20th of June. Looking forward to the 21st of July, when the night finally should start its fight for a comeback in the Enontekiö region, a short trip to the lake on Pyhäkero was supposed to utilize some advantages of the (still) continuing brightness. Continue reading “Swimming Under the Midnight Sun – Bike & Hike to the Pyhäkero Summit”
This week I joined some friends to the Kuninkaanlaavu (see picture at the bottom) with the goal to end-process some semi-delicious makkara over the open fire. This laavu is located on Santavaara, which from Rovaniemi is just a few kilometers upstream the Ounasjoki river.
The water level of the river was still unusually high, on the way there, the fields and forests next to the road were still flooded. Standing up on Santavaara I got interested in comparing some images from last year’s autumn (first picture), when I have also been up there for some makkara-processing …
Last week in Enontekiö I got amazed, on how quickly approximately 30 cm of snow can melt away: It was really an abrupt warming, that let the quicksilver jump up to the 10°C line for days. In combination with some additional rain, the rest of the snow cover was washed away pretty fast, leaving only a few white spots in-between the trees.
A few days later and about 300 km downstream of Ounasjoki, where Continue reading “Too Much Water for the Kemijoki River – Rovaniemi in Spring”