Proceeding my trip northwards through Finland I decided to stop at the lake Iso-Melkutin to hike there as the pages of outdoors.fi sounded promising. Have to say that in the past years I was hesitating a little to go here as the map shows an airport just beside the hiking area and I feared to have the noises to be disturbing. Before reaching the car I passed the airport and I saw not much activity, so I was in a good mood. Later on the day I could hear some planes, but it was not problem. So with my arrival I parked my car at the parking “Pysäkointi” grabbed my stuff and started the roughly 7,5 km hike.
To reach Iso-Melkutin we will first hike about 1 km through the forest, the same way will later be the trail that leads us back to the parking.
We will pass another smaller lake called Iso-Mylly. It feels very calming to look into the nature.
Trees stand very close to the shore.
After completing the first kilometer we get a first glimpse of the beautiful and clean Iso-Melkutin. Here we will have to decide which direction we circle the lake. I decided counter-clockwise.
From now on I keep the lake located on my left side.
The trail follows a kind of esker providing a view on the lake from a little higher ground.
But soon as we get further parts are following directly the shore line.
I talked to other hikers on the way back to the parking. They only came here to stop at this tiny beach to have a swim. But they also said, it felt cold when coming out as it was a little windy.
We continue our hike without a swim and keep following the shore.
At many places you will be able to see what is mentioned on outdoors.fi as a very clean water with a good sight. Here people come to dive.
That is why I suddenly came to these stairs leading into the water. I used them to have a rest with a very nice view. The colors look quite extrem, but they were like that in real.
Not far from the stairs you will find a bbq place. I did not use it as I did not go shopping that day and it was still at the very beginning of my trip, but I found it a nice place for a rest and will keep it in my mind for some other time that I pass that area.
I found the view on the dead trees in the cristal clear water really beautiful…
And along the shore there were water lilies.
At some parts we will need to cross small creeks, there are quite massive bridges for us.
Nature was quite late this year (2017), but some interesting indicators for autumn already showed up.
With some views over the water we slowly manage the opposite side of Iso-Melkutin and a little later reach the crossing from where we follow the trail that we came from.
I hope you liked it. For me the hike was very nice as I noticed that the next days at least promised sunshine which is not always like that during my trips through Finland. With a good mood I reached back my car and continued for more adventures 🙂
More information on the area Melkuttimet you can find on outdoors.fi.