Hiking to Tiilikkajärvi

The huge list of beautiful spots on Outdoors.fi brought my attention to Tiilikkajärvi Nationalpark. It combines very beautiful scenery with a touch of history as hiking here will bring you to a farming ground and a place where people produced iron.

At the trailhead you will find an information board that informs you about the fauna, flora and history of this area. I remember reading about how bear tracks look like as they are passing through Tiilikkajärvi Nationalpark. So, time to make some noise 🙂 I took out the part of the map in which my more or less circular trail lead me through this nice piece of earth. You can see the bright red track with arrows.


From the trailhead with its fireplace, drytoilet and boating access I started hiking the Uiton Kierto leading me along the western shoreline of Sammakkojärvi towards Autiojärvi.img_7136

The views here are breathtaking and with the silence around you it is very relaxing.


Some parts of the hike lead you through dense forests. I wonder if I was close to a bear on the hike. I guess I wouldn’t have noticed if it kept calm hiding somewhere.


Quite typical and also a result of the iceage are these edges. You see it goes down on each side. These are deposits from glaciers placed here during and after the iceage.


After passing Autiojärvi you can make a short detour to see the shores of Tiilikkajärvi. Here at the beach it is allowed to bring a tent and to stay overnight. Of course it means (same applies to hiking) no littering. Everything brought here has to leave the place with you.


Back on the trail we have to cross this bridge at some point. It helps us to cross the connection of Autiojärvi with Tiilikkajärvi.


Take some time on the bridge for the scenery.


As you can see, autumn colors start end of August. Nature has to start preparing for the long cold winter.


The cottage that you pass, is a rental cottage. The hike took place in 2011, some changes happend in the rental of cottages from the Wild North (cottage rental of forest authorities). So I hope it is still open for rental.


Not much further we suddenly come on a huge farmground still with cottages that remained. One of them is a Open Day Hut. It means it is open for the people that pass by to have a rest or to take shelter. Staying overnight is not the purpose but in emergency cases permitted.


Inside the hut you will find again information about the area. I liked the place.img_7212


Check out the things that are pieces of a tiny exhibition. As stated at the beginning here close to the hut people made iron from ore that was a deposite of iron oxyd in the sea.


I found the area really idyllic like in an old film on TV.


As I thought the hike would be a little too short, I added that triangle loop in the north that you can find on the map. Trails here are quite straight forward.


Nevertheless always something to see 🙂


Often it is good to keep an eye on the ground…


… while still admiring the landscape.


During the time I mostly come to Finland it is mushroom time, but dont eat the following.


Well, I conclude this blogentry with the beauty of wetland shortly before returning back to the trail head.I have to say, it is a very nice hike and fully recommend it.


Please follow this link to the webpage of the forest authorities page about Tiilikkajärvi Nationalpark. Another window will open…




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.


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…
IMG_6817IMG_6818In another building of the site you can see how workers lived here and the work of those who provided firewod and timber for the ironworks.IMG_6828IMG_6827 IMG_6826 IMG_6844

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…

If you want to know more about Möhkö Ironworks, please have a look at their official homepage.


Strömfors Ironworks

Nowadays a cosy place for visitors is the industrial heritage of the Strömfors Ironworks. You will find two forges that you can visit aswell as a small but nice museum that showcases the history of this former busy place. The whole place provides a very beautiful setting for your visit. Don’t forget to have a look at the church and to walk around a little. There is a plan of the settlement put up telling you where everything is located.








For a very detailed description of the history of Strömfors Ironworks please have a look at the webpage of Loviisa about Stromfors Ironworks.