On my way south towards the ferry I made a visit to Liesjärvi National Park. Here I made the decision to find a nice place in nature to stay overnight. Hotels would have been a longer drive, so the decision came to find the Laavu at the shore of Onkimaanjärvi about 15 km inside the forest. My idea was to have a nice secure place where I wouldn’t be disturbed by anyone during the night.
So after diner I first enjoyed the views of the lake shore with very beautiful colors and the perfect light conditions. Then slowly night fell and it was time to go for a sleep. Everything was already prepared. Almost asleep I suddenly heard a car. I felt it was quite creepy to hear someone coming 15 km into the nowhere at 11pm in full darkness. Well, so I waited and suddenly could hear the noise of someone coming down the trail towards the Laavu. It was a relieve to see that it was someone who had to bring his dog out for a puu. He was not too asure about the situation himself as he didnt expect someone here aswell and got a little suprised to see my car with a german numberplate. He saw the Laavu on a map some time before and was curious about it.
We talked for at least half an hour then he had to continue as the dog was bored and it was time for him. It took me some time still to calm down and then planned to sleep tight. Maybe two hours later I woke up by some very intense cracking of wood. Using my headlamp I could not see anything. I never found out if it was a deer, moose or some predator, but I am sure size was minimum a deer. Well, I decided now to light the campfire and continued my rest. I can tell I did not really sleep much that night, but it was a very intense experience that I do not want to miss.
Here some impressions…
The colors of autumn together with the perfect light and beautiful reflections.
Preparing the wash water in the morning. If I hate something then it is to wash myself with cold water.
Coffee in the morning is an essential part of my life, especially while camping.
The Laavu in case you have not seen it in the other blog post.
Let me just remind you to keep the experience of nature anywhere in the world alive for the future, so take the short time to keep everything clean after you! Even if there is something not from you, pick it up and put it where it belongs. Nature is luxury that everyone owns. Do not throw it away!
-> Official page of Liesjärvi Nationalpark
At the outskirts of Liesjärvi Nationalpark you find a Laavu located close to the shore of Onkimaanjärvi. During my tour through Finland I made a visit to Kortiniemi Farm in the heart of Liesjärvi Nationalpark and then was looking for a good place to stay overnight. I wanted to stay in a shelter the first time ever. So checking the map I found the Laavu at Onkimaanjärvi to be well reachable by car, still remote enough that no one would come at night scaring me. Well, the first was true the second not 😉 But more in the next post.
To reach the Laavu it takes a quite long drive on a dust road and a continuation on a very stone rich forest track. It requires care not to damage the bottom of the car. Anyhow I managed to arrive. From the parking it is about 75 meters to the Laavu and 50 more to the shore.
Right at the parking you will find this small hut, it contains a dry toilet and the firewood.
It is not the high comfy toilet of a five star hotel, but it is very nice to have a toilet here at all providing a minimum of civilization in the wilderness.
The Laavu has some cooking devices for the fireplace. I prefer to take my own, but still if you don’t have any with you it is a nice thing to find them here.
As you see the typical Finnish creativity for the firewood transportation and storage can also be found here…
So after arriving I was hungry and it was time to make some food… What else could it be than yumyumm sausages…
After dinner I enjoyed the beautiful view towards the other lake side fitted in autumn colors.
My interesting night here in the Laavu you will find in the next post 🙂
-> Official page of Liesjärvi Nationalpark
An important Finnish word is ‘Tulipaikka’ 🙂 It means fire place and therefor food… I am not fishing, but bought some fish in a fish shop in Uusikaupunki. Here at the visitor center of Kurjenrahka National Park I found a good place to do something against my upcoming hunger. I decided not to do it on the fire, but to use my Trangia cooker that always travels with me to the North.
So the fireplaces served as a dry and fireprooved place for cooking.
At the time I was there, I still used petrol liquid for the heating, but I completely switched to gas now, as it is simplere to handle. Some potatoe slices on the pan 🙂
Here the fish in preparation. It was tasty and I think food tastes really good in a nice place like that.
This is the view from inside the shelter.
This is the picnic area. I was glad to have a sheltered place this time…
-> Official page of Kurjenrahka National Park Services