After som hectic weeks with guests from abroad we were ready for another new exploring adventure. This time we were heading east to our neighbour country Finland. It has been a dream for many years getting to know and to paddle in the “Country of the Thousand Lakes”. We didn’t have much time, but time enough to realise that there are lakes enough for a life time. An eldorado for kayakers. We just spotted the right time for nature showing up in its “Golden costume”. Our destination was huge Lake Saima.
Some of the millions and millions of Silver Birches
Birch bark - art of nature
Punkaharju - the road meanders on the ridge between the lakes
View from the ridge over a little part of Lake Saima
Leaving Oravi Canal for Haukivesi
Towards Linnansaari National Park, hoping to meet a Ringed Seal
Huge rock - bowlder reminds us of the ice age
A little stop on an island for some hot tea and sandviches
Sedge is on fire
Forest is on fire
Between some of the islands in Linnansaari National Park
End of the day on Haukivesi
Red yellow palette - like a fire
Aspen trees preparing for winter
Bye bye Finland
We arrived to and left Finland in sparkling autumn colours. What a visit!
We will be back for sure – and then for a longer trip.
Nordic EcoTours has its main geographical area from Lake Vättern to Lake Vänern and onwards westbound to Skagerrak. This summer we wanted to extend “our territory” and explore new water systems. In July we headed to Lake Sølen, Rendalsfjällen in Norway – a place we have visited before, both winter and summer. A place that we love. Lake Sølen has a circumference for about 65 km with a few islands in the south west and south of the lake. This time our departure point was close to Fiskevollen, Norway’s oldest inland fishing village, which is situated in the north part of the lake. West of the lake the massive Midtre Sølen with three summits rises – its highest peak is 1755 meters above sea level.
On our way to Fiskevollen
Old chalets by Skånborket
Nice view towards the summits of Sølen
Base camp on a sandy beach
Kayaking in blue waves
Interesting meeting - changing experiences
In total harmony
Pond Water crowfoot - sheer water plant
Happy and relaxed paddler
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus) protecting her chicks
Yellow Wagtail - a characteristic bird in the mountains
Hiking in the mountains
Tiny heath in a harsh landscape
Purple Saxifrage - little jewels
Alpine Bartsia - grows on calcareous soil
Summit 1755 meters above sea level
Back home to our little island - the smallest of Vioddholmene
End of the day
The Sølen area is a magical location for kayaking, fishing and hiking. A place where you relax, recover and replenish your energy. We are willing to join you in an outstanding experience.