Landskrona Citadel

On my way to Finland Landskrona is often one of the first places in Sweden that I try to find shelter. If weather is fine I sometimes already try to get to the Camping in Bärsebäck, but in 2013 I wanted to have a look at the citadel of Landskrona, which is beautifully seen on the townmap of this small city. It is possible to enter the citadel as it is partially a museum. For its history I recommend to have a look at wikipedia, where it is well documented. I don’t like to repeat what is easily accessible, rather want you to get some impressions by the photos I took during my short walk.IMG_0216

The whole citadel is surrounded by water as a protection against infantry. IMG_0181

To enter it, use the bridge.IMG_0186

I came across several birds of completely different temper. These guys were so friendly, while a seagull those I was an intruder into her nesting area… not so much fun. But its nature… I was the guest.IMG_0195

The building has some exhibition to look at. It is in the very heart of the citadel.IMG_0199

After leaving I took this photo which gives a quite good view on the citadel. I think it is worth to go when passing Landskrona. By the way, Landskrona is the access to the small island Ven, on which Tycho Braahe made his research in astronomy. It is high on my list of open things…IMG_0214

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Nahkiaispolku in Nuuksio National Park

A little different nature compared to the other hikes of Nuuksio National Park you find along the 2 km long circular trail Nahkiaispolku. The forest here is quite wet and everything is very green.

The trail partly goes up steep slopes. Some have stairs, some not. But in general it is a very nice hike!

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-> The official page of Nuuksio National Park

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Hiking Surkansuo

Surkansuo is a mire area in the very beautiful Patvinsuo Nationalpark of Eastern Finland. There are three major circular hikes in the area of Patvinsuo Nationalpark, all of them are highly recommended to be seen! Coming to the park I recommend to spend the night in a tent in the visitors area (see other blog post of mine) and split the three hikes over two days. But back to Surkansuo. It is a few kilometers away from the visitor center. At the trail head you will find a parking area and a very wellmade information plate. Have a look at it and take a picture so you have an overview of the hike while you walk.

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The map shows you the circular hiking trail. Most of it is leading over wooden duckboards. Olet tässä, the small marker on the left bottom, locates your position standing in front of the information board. It is the trail head.

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Luontopolku means nature trail in Finnish. We follow the sign.

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As written, much of the trail is covered with wooden duckboards. If you wonder why, just have a look at the following photo.

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Most of the area is mire, that means walking off the trail makes you sink. Also of course the nature has to be protected. Finland has a harsh climate as moderate temperatures at which plants can grow are only a short periode each year. Distroyed nature needs much longer to recover compared to warm climate. So people have to take much care to preserve this very beautiful place.

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Duckboards seem to reach into infinity.

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But at some places they are reaching islands in the mire. Here trees can grow.

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In the mire they often struggle and at the end they die forming these monuments of wood given into decay.

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The islands are often formed of rocks that were deposite here from glaciers during the iceage. There is so much in the Finnish nature made or shaped by the glaciers in the iceage. It is phantastic.

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From the dry islands you will see areas that are something inbetween lake and mire.

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In Patvinsuo Nationalpark you are only visitor, but it is home to many animals. The big ones are bears. They hide very well and will notice you much longer before you will notice them and keep distance to you. It is very unlikely to see one, but it is not impossible. I kept my food in the car while sleeping in the tent for security reasons cause I dont trust into that example of anti-bear action…

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It is hard to fid an area in Finland not covered by these delicious berries. Also here you will find them. Taste them!

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This is the nordic moss. It is very beautiful and grows in many places. Just dont step on it. Like I wrote before, nature is very fragile!

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Christinehofs Castle

Planning my trip to Finland through Sweden I found information about Christinehofs Castle and its surrounding ekopark. Pictures looked nice and the information about a hiking path made me curious. I arrived, parked my car and first of all had a look at the castle. It was not possible to look inside, but the building looked beautiful in its surrounding and especially with the very beautiful weather. So after a short look I started my hike which beginns roughly behind the castle. The park of the castle is now a nature paradise. You will find really old trees and a huge wet area with a lake over which a wooden walkbridge brings the visitors forward keeping the feet dry. During my visit it was really calm and I could enjoy the nature. I am sure you will love it too!


  
  

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Astronomical Clock of Lund

Visiting Lund included to visit the dome, by surprise I found the huge and beautiful astronomical clock in here. I have to confess that I did not really collect information in advance so the suprise was even bigger to find this here. The dome in general is very nice and harmonic but it will be part of a different post.IMG_3532 IMG_3533 IMG_3534 IMG_3535 IMG_3536 IMG_3538gm

A night in Patvinsuo National Park

Patvinsuo National Park in the far East of Finland offers very beautiful nature scenery on different hiking routes. In the area of the nature center there is a defined enclosed area in which visitors are allowed to pitch their tent. This avoids the destruction of the very sensitive nature and still gives the visitor the feeling of being out in the wild. During my stay it was only me and a Finnish couple staying here. It was fun to stay at the fire and also to do some stargazing.

You can not bring your car to the tents, it is about 200 meters from the parking. Recommendation from me is to leave food and anything smelling like food in the car. In Patvinsuo National Park there can be bears, even though in Finland there are very little amount of bears, I had a better sleep like that. There are these trollies to bring your camping gear to the camping site.

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My tent inbetween the trees and dense ground vegetation.
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There is a lake not far from the campsite and close to its shore there is a huge picnic area which is part of the campsite. There you will find the fireplace with firewood and several tables with benches.

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The weather was great and with the lake there were beautiful reflections.

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Sun was setting and time for a nice campfire came…

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Möhkö Ironwork Ruins

At my stay in Petkeljärvi I saw during a look at the Visitor Center that there is some ruins and environment of a former iron works in nearby Möhkö. So after putting together my things and a beautiful hike I drove the short way to Möhkö. Here I found ruins of melting furnaces and a still in shape historic industry environment including the owners Mansion. Much is put into a museum and you can walk around to get an impression of this areas history.

Around the ruins of the furnace there is a walkway so you can check it out from all directions. Have a look at the model of the furnace which is located in the mansion.

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Do not forget to have a look at the mansion. Inside the basement gives you an idea how nicely the owner of the ironworks lived and how much wealth he must have had.IMG_6831IMG_6812 IMG_6810 IMG_6809

In the second floor a part of the exhibition is dedicated to the times when Möhkö was a place of war. Here Finland faught agains Russia, who tried to overtake Finland. Much fighting took place in Möhkö and you will learn about individuals of both sides. It is sad…
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Walking around you will admire the beautiful location of that place. It is very calm nowadays and offers much for the eyes.IMG_6850

Inside the mansion there is a painting which shows how the area once looked like. I think it is no comparison to today…
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If you want to know more about Möhkö Ironworks, please have a look at their official homepage.

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