After passing through Isokuru it was time to head on up 411 steps of wooden stairs from the gorge.
We turned around every once in a while to look at the view of Isokuru gorge spreading underneath us, and everything looked so minuscule. Especially the trees on the other side of the gorge reminded me of a train track miniature I had had as a child.
After getting to the top, we continued past Uhrikallio (lit. sacrifice cliff), which was amazingly huge, but sadly not very photogenic as a place; the edge was largely covered by foliage, so it was tough to find a good angle to shoot. Nevertheless the place had a big, sort of mean looking rock formation in the bottom of a huge gorge along with a healthy looking swamp.
After this, we headed forward, even though the official route urged us to stay back. We figured we could make it without going the easy way, there was a trail after all… A good idea? A good place for a cliff hanger (ha, I’m too funny).
Three weeks ago from now, I was about to take a leap of faith perhaps bigger than ever. I was to face the family of my loved one and survive the lifestyle of an ever-working people. How would his family react to a city girl leading life so far apart from theirs? And how exactly was said girl supposed to cope in a culture perhaps more foreign to her than all the actual foreign places she had ever been to? Well, you know how you can make yourself feel a bit better in an unpleasant situation by thinking “Just remember you survived situation x and that was far worse than this“? This trip will definitely be filed under situation x.
There were however, better parts (or a part actually). We spent a day hiking in the Pyhä-Luosto national park. It was just me, him, our new dog (sort of) and the majestic Pyhä fells. That part I quite enjoyed, and thus photographed extensively.
After a few issues with the transportations, dust, too-much-men-in-a-cottage situations and fuel for our Trangia (portable camping stove), we started our hike in the national park. First up was Isokuru (lit. “big gorge”, what a nifty name, right?). This was rather striking when you where there, but unfortunately the scale of things can’t really be grasped from photos. What you can see, however is the general landscape: essentially there’s just tons and tons of rock. I am used to seeing a lot of rocks, but the rocks there aren’t like here in the south. The southern rocks have been polished and rounded by the ice cover during the latest ice age, but the rocks in the north haven’t. Thus, the northern rocks have pointy angles and very sharp edges. At Isokuru, the landscape was easy to work with, thanks to the built in wooden path. Later on though, we would end up crossing pretty vast fields of jagged rocks, relying only to our sense of balance and hiking boots. More on the rest of the journey on future posts. In the mean while, here are some pictures of Isokuru.
This sign was at the start of the hike. It shows some of the possible nature targets and the distance to them (km). So from that point, it was 1.5 km to the start of Isokuru.
The scenery on the way to Isokuru wasn’t bad either. We let our dog Nana wonder free. She had a blast :D
Here we are at Isokuru. The rocks and the wooden path are apparent.
This picture helps a bit in determining the scale of Isokuru. My boyfriend and Nana, in rather tiny form, appear in the picture :D
And finally me and Nana somewhere along Isokuru. It’s a shame there isn’t any pictures of the three of us together, but it’s only natural, since there wasn’t anyone there to take a picture.