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This Halloween, we decided to go to Lake Suolijärvi nearby Hyvinkää in Finland to do some Paddling and Hiking. Janne has sent me a link with the map beforehand, showing where shelters have been built in the Sveitsi – Kytäjän wilderness area.

Iso-Haiskari - Alpacka Raft Yukon Yak Finland

1. Kytäjärvi to Iso-Haiskari

We started our trip from the car park next to lake Kytäjärvi, crossed it via the dam and followed the trail while passing by horse stables and farms. After a hike of 3 km, we arrived in our first camp Iso-Haiskari.

Iso-Haiskari signpost

For the night we have pitched a Tipi where three of us have spent the night in while our fourth paddling mate slept in the existing ‘Laava’ shelter. I have also attached my LuminAid inflatable solar lantern on the tree on the picture below.

Iso-Haiskari camping tent

An inside view of the Tipi on the next morning. I always use a compression bag (the blue bag inside of the Tipi) for my down gear.

Iso-Haiskari camping tent

One of us started to inflate his canoe which he is going to use the next day. It takes quite a while until the canoe has been inflated. So once this job has been done you can start enjoying your trip already.

Iso-Haiskari headlamp

Inside of our Tipi, we had a foldable wood burning camp stove made entirely of Titanium (also the chimney which goes through the Tipi.

Iso-Haiskari titanium stove finland scandinavia camping tent

Wood inside of the stove. With the small handle on the right top side of the stove, you can regulate the stove. This stove really heads the Tipi. Unfortunately, the Tipi will cool down almost immediately once the stove gets cold.

titanium camping stove camping outdoors

On the next morning at 7.00. Bacon for breakfast.

inflating a packraft in finland

Me, in the morning, inflating my Packraft wearing a Mont Bell U.L. Down Jacket and a Petzl Nao headlamp.

Preparing breakfast on titanium camping stove

Folding the chimney.

folding the chimney of the titanium stove camping

And that is the stove packed.

titanium stove package camping

Some final checks before it gets into the lake.

Packrafting and canoeing in Finland Iso-Haiskari

My Teva Sandals are excellent in combination with my dry suit. They protect my rubber socks which I pull over my normal socks.

Teva Sandals Finland

We paddled around the lake at Iso-Haiskari.

Canoeing in Iso-Haiskari Finland

Packrafting in Finland Iso-Haiskari

2. Iso-Haiskari to Kolmiperslammi

From Iso-Haiskari we carried our boats to Kolmiperslammi. Of course, it’s much more easy to carry a 2.5 kg Packraft rather than a 21 kg canoe.

Mobile Light Canoeing in Finland

Once we arrived at Kolmiperslammi, I noticed that the water on my packraft turned into ice.

Ice on my packraft in Finland

At Kolmiperlammi we also enjoyed the sunrise from our boats and it also got warmer.

Sunrise at Kolmiperslammi

3. Kolmiperslammi to Vähä-Haiskari

From Kolmiperslammi we carried our boats to Vähä-Haiskari. Not only on trails but also through bushes.

Pulling / carrying a canoe through the forest in Finland - Iso-Haiskari to Vähä-Haiskari

4. Vähä-Haiskari to Haiskarinpoika

At Vähä-Haiskari we checked the location and then started paddling again.

Alpacka Raft Yukon Yak at Vähä-Haiskari

My new Suunto Ambit3 recorded the GPS data.

Suunto Ambit3 while Packrafting in Finland - Vähä-Haiskari

5. Haiskarinpoika to Mäkiperänlampi

Once we arrived in Haiskarinpoika, we noticed first thin ice layers on the lake.

Waiting with a canoe paddle on a lake in Finland - Haiskarinpoika

Of course, they were no obstacles for our boat yet.

Paddling with a canoe on a lake in Haiskarinpoika - Finland

But they had a beautiful structure.

Ice structures on lake in Finland - Haiskarinpoika

And then there was the warming sun again shining on some rocks where Janne just paddled by.

Rocks in a lake in Finland - Haiskarinpoika

6. Mäkiperänlampi to Kiiskilampi

From Mäkiperänlampi to Kiiskilampi it became quite difficult to carry the canoe trough. However, they were far away from giving up.

Alpacka Raft Yukon Yak and Canoes in Finland - Mäkiperänlämpi - Kiiskilampi

Walking with Canoe through a forest in Finland - Mäkiperänlämpi - Kiiskilampi

Pulling a canoe down the hill in a forest in Finland - Kiiskilampi

Getting an Alpacka Packraft into a lake in Finland - Mäikiperänlampi

But we reached Kiiskilampi where we had a short break.

Alpacka Raft Yukon Yak, Astral Designs YTV and HMG Porter 4400 in Finland - Mäkiperänlämpi

7. Kiiskilampi to Suolijärvi

At Kiiskilampi, I climbed a rock from where I had a nice view of the lake.

View towards the lake in Kiiskilampi

We paddled to the other side of the lake where we found a nice campsite where we prepared our lunch…

Camping and grilling a sausage in Kiiskilampi

…and took a picture of ourselves.

Packrafting and Canoe group at Kiiskilampi Finland

8. Suolijärvi to Kytäjärvi

Once again we had to walk through dense bushes but then we finally arrived at lake Suolijärvi where I separated myself from the others and paddled alone 4 km down the lake.

Paddling with Packraft and Canoe in Suolijärvi

Once I reached the dam at the end of lake Suolijärvi, I packed my packraft and walked the remaining 3 km back to the car park.

Shelter in Suolijärvi

The short hike was quite nice as there was almost a full moon on the sky and the scenery was nice too (and easy to walk).



Lake Suolijärvi is a nice place for a hike. The are is not just plain flat and the shelters are very well maintained even so it’s not an official national park.