In Northern Karelia the Oulanka NP is famous for its 80km long hiking route called the bear trail. We did the little bear trail “Pieni Karhunkierros”, which was a 3 hour circular route. The landscape was spectacular, nothing else to expect in Finland!
We had been to Kuusamo the day before to do some shopping, as it was a rainy day. We also stopped at the skiing resort Ruka, where we used the washing machine of the Ski-Inn. In the evening we arrived at the parking of a hotel called Basecamp, directly at the trail. From here our hike started the next morning. (66.263518, 29.410921)
|Water mill at the River Kitkanjoki|
|First suspension bridge – nothing for triplets!|
White water rafting is offered here. I would have liked to watch a tube racing down these rapids, but there were none. With this temperature, rafting didn’t sound very enticing to me either.
|Lookout point high above the trees|
|Rowan (Eberesche) is a very common tree in Finland and you see the red berries everywhere|
|Lookout point before the descent|
|Suspension bridge Nr. 2|
|Jyrävä – a 9 metre high waterfall at the Kitkajoki River|
|Kuukkeli – Siberian jay -Unglückshäher
a bird of luck for the Finns
|Autumn leaf of the Day|