Preparing my regular trips to Finland I found a nature reserve in the (for mid European view) high North of Finland just beside the end of the Baltic Sea. The nature reserve called Martimoaapa features an important and large mire landscape. A long chain of duckboards makes this
beautiful but fragile nature accessible to the visitor.
As usual in Finland also here a high standard of infrastructure assures a splendid visit. At the trail head (see on the east of the map above) that leads into the small circular trail marked in violet you will find a lean-to shelter with a fire place and firewood stored. There is another fire place in the South close to this trail.
My stay here in Martimoaapa consisted in two seperate hikes as the evening of arrival the weather looked unpleasant and it became late.
I stayed overnight in my car and continued the next day. So I started with the circular trail, southwards and made the detour to the fireplace at Martimojärvi, then returned via the shortcut in the middle of the circular trail. In a second blog entry I will tell you about the next days circular hike and the visitors (better said ‘followers’) that came to me on the way. Some holidays I hope to make the full large trail.
At the very beginning at the trail head the trail is wide and comfy to walk. Dense forest is still able to grow as the ground is dry enough for the trees.
Shortly after the forest opens up and we suddenly stand in an open landscape. We need to walk on duckboards, not only to protect the very sensitive and slow growing nature, but also not to get wet feet.
At some point it is possible to see an open water surface through the struggling trees. It is the Martimojärvi (Lake Martimo). I wanted to reach the fire place there, but already started to be a little concerned about the dark clouds.
It is always fun to see a crossing of duckboards in the absolute nowhere… This the start of the short detour from the circular trail to the fireplace at the lake.
Suddenly I could see small huts and stored boats. Some people have their boats here to go fishing on the lake. The huts are for us visitors, it is the lean-to shelter, a firewood storage and (not entirely sure) a dry toilet.
The arrival for todays hike. Weather turned darker and darker. I was not really sure if there could be a thunder and lightning which would be highly unpleasant in such an exposing environment. But I can already say it did not happen, only some rain came but I had time to do something I looked forward to …
As you can see by the emblem also this lean-to is maintained by the forest authorities who also take care for the firewood supplies. A great work of them as always!
I was surprised of the size of the lake…
Anyhow, after cleaning up it was time to go back. With the tendencies of the weather I decided here to make the shortcut and not to go all the circular trail the evening, but instead staying overnight and do it in an enjoyable pace the next day. Temperatures were not to high so I looked forward to stay at the fireplace at the trail head a little and enjoy the warmth of a fire there before sleeping.
With these thoughts I ‘said goodbye’ from the lake and started my return.
Soon the forest was in front of me again.
And looking aside it was clear that the water of the lake was reaching far almost invisible.
Back to the trail head it was time to warm up at the fire. Sitting there I suddenly heard strange noises in the forest and branches cracking. After a short while a bunch of reindeers jumped over the trail in the background. I was fascinated, and of course didn’t know that I would see them again soon.
Below you can see the embedded map of google maps. I marked the trail head with the parking. If you zoom in, you can see the duckboards and the fireplace at the lake. I think it looks fascinating from the sky!
For further detailed information about Martimoaapa please check out the splendid pages of Nationalparks.fi (former outdoors.fi).