There is much more to Finland than just Helsinki. If you are planning to visit Finland and you love nature, I recommend to explore the region of Northern Karelia. It has stunning lakes, green forests and amazing landscapes.
One of a many places to visit in North Karelia is the Koli National Park. It’s a beautiful park offering various activities throughout different seasons. Skiing and walking in snow shoes in winter, hiking trails in summer, camping, picnicking, biking, horse riding, you name it. There are also different events like yoga retreats, photo and art exhibitions, lectures. You can find more information about it here,here and here. Also, check out park’s Facebook page.
This park is worth at list a short visit to check out a famous view from Ukko-Kolli hill over the lake Pielinen.
Here are some photos from our visit last summer. Have a great Sunday!
It’s autumn time and the colors around are boosting the mood! It’s time to go on long walks, kick leaves, drink tea with ginger and honey, read a book and just be.
Autumn’s beauty is in the fact that you are staying in the moment. Summer is in the past and winter is not a very exciting future. You take as much as you can of today.
Alexander Pushkin, the most famous Russian poet, favoured autumn over all other seasons. We learned his poems at school by heart as part of our literature class and every now and then some of the rhymes pop up in my head out of nowhere.
This is an English translation of an excerpt from Pushkin’s poem “Autumn” that perfectly describes my feelings for autumn (found here):
A melancholy time! So charming to the eye!
Your beauty in its parting pleases me –
I love the lavish withering of nature,
The gold and scarlet raiment of the woods,
The crisp wind rustling over their threshold,
The sky engulfed by tides of rippled gloom,
The sun’s scarce rays, approaching frosts,
And gray-haired winter threatening from afar.
Here are a few pictures from last couple of days. Enjoy autumn!