As I have described in my previous post I visited the beautiful mire Martimoaapa to follow a circular trail through this nature reserve. I did not make it the first evening, so the next morning after a night in the car I was ready. Weather was still far from perfect, but it can always rain here. At least no way thunder and lighting could show up, so it was safe to go.
Again I followed the trail from the trail head and soon again I reached the wide open landscape of the mire. This time it had a mystical touch from the falling rain.
I followed the trail, but this time I did not take the detour to Lake Martimo.
In the morning and relatively remote from any housing it was a very calm and ‘away’ place. A lot of silence…
… but then I heard a strange ringing. I looked back…. nothing….
I looked to the side… could here some cracking… still nothing…
But then, same direction something was moving and the noises came from there… can you see the white butt in the center?
It was Rudolph and his family on summer vacation to get energy for next Christmas season…!
I have to say, I was really fascinated. Normally I saw them a lot along the roads (actually often very dangerous), but these guys were walking with me. At some point I started to get a little nervous cause they came closer and closer and started to use the duckboards too in my direction. I had no clue if they wanted to come to me or it was coincidence that they went my direction. Anyhow it was a good timing to reach the bird watching tower as I could climb up where I felt much more safe. Reindeers are smaller than mooses, but still impressive large for a human.
From up here you have a nice view on the mire and the trail. You should definitely climb up for this view!
Well, after enjoying the view and after Rudolph disappeared I continued my hike.
A few more bends…
…then I reach back into the forest. What a different landscape!
…. with totally different species!
Well, then I arrived at the parking again and was happy that I made the decisions this way. A splendid time in Martimoaapa and the large circular hike became a big point on my list of things to do on future trips during which I pass by here. Lets see when…
Below again, the map with the parking marked. Come here for the trail head!
For further detailed information about Martimoaapa please check out the splendid pages of Nationalparks.fi (former outdoors.fi).