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”
After some very warm days the temperatures dropped again below freezing. Now the snow is hard and allows easy skiing everywhere, even in the forests. I took advantage of the snow conditions and went with my skating skis to Hannukuru.
When I said, “Last X-Country Skiing for the Season”, I didn’t mean last skiing trip. Since the polar day started a few days ago I was eager to go for a short skiing trip under the midnight sun. Once again – and with a friend – we decided to ski up to Pyhäkero.Continue reading “Skiing Under the Midnight Sun”
The snow conditions during this winter have been great, with the thick snow cover still providing plenty of snow. Just a few days ago the snow cover was still between 60cm (south slopes) and 80cm (north slopes) in Hetta, and the ice cover of lake Ounasjärvi still is around 75cm. Yet, according to the weather forecast tonight is the last night with minus degrees and during daytime the thermometer is expected to rise above 10°C. Thus the snow might disappear fast now. Considering this forecast today I went for my (most likely) final x-country skiing trip this season. Like yesterday I skied up the summer hiking trail to the summit of Pyhäkero.