All posts tagged: hiking

The first day of the ski tour in Kilpisjärvi, Finland (part: 2)

Our ski tour started in the Kilpisjärvi town, located next to the The three-country cairn in the very North of Finland. We arrived the day before the start of the ski, ate well and slept well in a cottage. The next day around the noon, we had finally packet everything well in our sledges and managed to start the trip. Now afterwards I can say that the first day was the toughest of them all. The first part from Kilpisjärvi to Halti is to ski from Kilpisjärvi to Saarijärvi. In the beginning was the steepest incline of the trip. At this point, also our sledges were the fullest from all the food we had taken with us. We got to ski the first part in daylight, but in February, it gets really early dark and at the first day, we did not manage to get to the destination before dark. It started to snow at the sunset. Headlights normally makes the visibility better, but combined with a totally white surroundings and falling snow, the torches …

Hike to Pilatus mountain, Switzerland

Pilatus mountain (2128 m) is located in Lucerne in central Switzerland. You can take the easy way and travel with a mountain train to the top – or you can hike it. We chose the latter one. However, we did not start at the sea level, but rode with our car to the end of one road close to the river Eistlibach. During the hike, we covered 16 km and climbed 1102 m. We did this hike in mid August (2020) and had a pretty good luck with the weather. In the mountains, it was just a perfect warm weather meanwhile down in the town it was almost too hot. This hike is not a one for the very beginners. This specific hike is actually the reason why we went to a climbing course and started actively doing some climbing. The route we took begins with a wide path that can be ridden with a car. At the half way to the top, the forest road changes to a path. In the very last kilometers …

Ski tour in Kilpisjärvi, Finland (part 1: general)

Right now is the perfect moment to start planning the ski tour for next winter. I have been thinking for a long time to write about the ski tour we made in the end of February 2021. However, it has felt like an impossible task to describe in words those amazing 7 days we spent in the Arctic Lapland. Therefore, I cannot just write one post that describes the trip. The preparations took weeks – finding the right equipment, drying our own food to take conveniently with, studying the maps, checking the corona measures (and testing)… However, I’ll try to summarise in this simple page, and in some following posts, I’ll try to write more details. The weather menu is very diverse in the wilderness of the North West Finland. Unnamed hiker in the logbook at an unmanned cottage in Kilpisjärvi wilderness Our initial target was to climb to the highest point of Finland, Halti, but the weather was so tough – and luckily we at this age so wise – that we did not …

Skopos – Hiking in Zakynthos, Greece

Greece is a very warm place in the summer time. No kidding. And so was the Greek island Zakynthos during our holiday at the turn of July and August. Already at 10:00 am, the weather was hot, that the only activity I would recommend, is to drink beer in the shadow, or to stay inside enjoying the benefits of an airco. However, I always want to do some hikes whenever I’m traveling to a location, that offers some kind of formations that could even distantly be called mountains. Therefore, also on our beach vacation with a friend family and their kids, I wanted to give it a try. I’m not traditionally a morning person, even through my work, I have actually started enjoying the early mornings. Nevertheless, during the hot Greek summer vacay, there were some days I wanted to explore. And that meant early bird mornings. We did the first hike of the holiday to a small mountain called Skopos, located in the south east of the Zakynthos island. The path starts at the …