Kalajoki's golden sand dunes and magic midnight sun is really something to experience: strong yellow light and dark blue clouds (3rd July 2016). Strolled along the shoreline in the late evening and enjoyed the incredible change from daytime in the nature of the light. The sun took on a yellow colour - almost like during sunrise or sunset - and everything around me bathed in an unimaginably warm, bright light.
Flying high in Pakka Adventure Park, Kalajoki: took the Mega Zipline, the longest zipline in Finland (4th July 2016). Jumped out from the top of the X-Tower (32 metre tall), and got a magnificient overview over the Kalajoki Sand Dunes for an incredible 330 metre stretch!
Wandered today into the wilderness at Koiteli, in the region of Oulu, Finland. Here you can hike, fish, enjoy the great outdoors and have a picnic at a designated spot. It's also fun canoeing down the roaring rapids - a real whitewater experience.
Came upon these bull moose grazing on a field of rapeseed in southwest Finland (July 2016) - kings of the forest. They usually shelter in dense forest during the daytime, feeding on forest plants. These mighty animals are easiest to spot when they occasionally venture out of the trees to graze on marshes, meadows and fields around dawn and dusk.
The Rokua Geopark offers an unique combination of geology, nature and culture on the Northern hemisphere not far away from the Arctic Circle. Here we travelled through landforms shaped by the Ice Age: glacial ridges, pine and lichen-clad heaths, kettle holes and small ponds filled with crystal clear water.
The large prisoner of war camp here in village Metsäkylä, Metsakyla, near the town Taivalkoski, was called Korvua Camp and the route for the railway was called the Korvua Route. This was a concentration of camp areas for personnel from where prisoner workers and other men were transported as needed to other camps along the trench railway.
In the small store Metsäkylän Kyllkäkup in the village Metsäkylä, Metsakyla, near the town Taivalkoski, in the northern Finland, I got in contact with a local person. We started to talk about the ongoing World Championship in football in Brazil (July 2014), but after a while our conversation switched over to a even more serious subject: Finnish war history. Eagerly he startet to tell me about dramatic events during the Second World War deep in the forest just outside his home. He said: this was the part of the history few Finnish know about or wantet to forget. What happened here in the middle of nowhere?
Anyone with an interest in nature and wildlife should consider a journey to Finland. Finland has a diverse and extensive range of fauna. Some of the wildest places to enjoy wildlife are Kuusamo, Ruka, Rovaniemi, Taivalkoski and Oulu.
Close to the Arctic circle and Russian border, is a natures lover's paradise in the summer. Canoeing in the river Oulankajoki, Oulanka River, in Ruka, Kuusamo, in Finland is an unbelievably relaxing experience, and at the same time very entertaining.