Last weekend we decided to visit the Kurjenrahka National Park with Caj and Katja. Konstantin has just finished his “official work duties” where he was talking on the 25th Nordic Symposium on Tourism and Hospitality Research in Turku and decided to stay a few more days. Patrick has already visited the Kurjenrahka National Park 2 years ago for a day hike but this time we were planning to stay over night in a lean-to shelter. After we parked our car nearby the Kurjenpesä Nature Information Hut from where we walked to the old boundary mark of Kuhankuono.

Hiking in the Kurjenrahka National Park

The trail continued through swamps and since we arrived quite late the sun was setting also slowly.

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However, we had plenty of fun on the trail.

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From time to time we had a look on the map.

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Then we arrived at a dam where we had a nice view over the Savojärvi lake.

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Those were probably the last warm autumn days in Southern Finland and the nights are already getting colder.

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Caj and Katja checking the map again.

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It probably looked a bit scary when someone hiked towards us.

Kurjenrahka National Park Finland

Initially, we planned to camp nearby this hut but the camp site was already occupied so we decided to hike for another 3 km to Läkijärvi where we hoped to find another lean-to shelter where we could stay over night.

Kurjenrahka National Park Finland

The trail was quite well marked.

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Again it was time to check the map.

Kurjenrahka National Park Finland

Once we reached Lakijärvi we prepared our camp fire and prepared our dinner. On our way to Lakijärvi we have also seen Northern Lights but once we arrived in Lakijärvi they were gone again.

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Chatting and philosophizing at the fire.

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After having had dinner we walked to the nearby Lakijärvi where we took a view pictures from the milky way.

Kurjenrahka National Park Finland

At 7 Caj and Konstantin were already up and playing with the fire. Patrick and Katja continued sleeping till 8 am. We had Karelian pie, toasted rie bread, ham and cheese for breakfast.

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Hmmm that is tasty…

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After our breakfast we decided to go back to the nearby lake and to pick some cranberries.

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Then we packed our gear and continued hiking around the lake Savojärvi.

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The trail looked completely different during the day than it had looked the previous night.

Kurjenrahka National Park Finland

There were rocks and reindeer lichen (cladonia rangiferina) all over the place.

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as well as blueberries…

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… so we had frequent stops to collect them.

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The trail around Savojärvi was truly beautiful. Hiking through a swamp always reminds me on hiking in Lapland where the trees are small as well.

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After a few kilometers we arrived at the Kurjenpesä Nature Cabin where we walked down to the lake. The infrastructure to the lake was really good and makes the lake easy to reach if you visit it with a pram or as an elderly.

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