We have encamped for the night by the edge of the forest in the wild place. Our first “cusage savage”! Honestly it was near the remote farm. Mosquitoes were terrible naturally. We had to spray each other with any insect repellents.
Also we have tested the local lotion “terrva”. It is made from wood resin. This potion is very effective against the mosquitoes because of the strong smell of the tar.
Next morning we were looking for route. In the Finnish real forest our GPS-devices didn’t work, so we had come back the camp several times.
There are very picturesque places and a forest, which is everywhere, and many clear lakes. During our journey in Scandinavia we were often drinking raw water from the streams and lakes. No accidents has happened.
In the Alassalmi strait on the lake Oulujärvi we are carried with the yellow cable ferry. And there are nobody only ourselves on it!
The weather is good but not always. As a rule there were a lot of rainfall during last raids, but we are lucky.
This ferry somehow reminds me the yellow submarine from the Bittles’ song.
Even the irrigation channel looks pretty.
There is my footprint on the shore near Hankasalmi.
There are a big sandy beach with shallow. Local sand is mixed with yellow crystalline mineral, which particles are sparkling like golden rain.
We have found also a small forest lake nearby. The fish are swimming in the transparent water between the fallen trees.
In the lake water is blue with green shades of the forest.
On our route we have picked up the “historical” hamlet with a traditional farmstead. The hay is gathered and stored in the traditional stacks but isn’t in the modern bales covered with plastic. The firewood are heaped casually. Usually they are collected very carefully in the pile near the shed.
Next our point of destination is the Finnish town Kajaani. Kajaani is one of the most friendly towns visited by us in Finland. This is a center of the famous tourist region Kainuu.
The judgment and the buffet lunch have been very good. At the same time several wedding ceremonies were occurring in the town. There was nothing special, really. The brides were going a walk to the ruins of the little castle near the old bridge. In the ancient times this region was famous in the resin and wooden coal making. They were carried in the barrel down the river. That reminds me the journey of the hobbit and the dwarfs. The Professor was fond of learning the Finnish language. :)
To be continued…
Table of Contents: Raid Paris – North Cape 2010 Daily Reports
- 3 July. Paris. The beginning of The Raid
- 3 July. The beginning of The Raid. Part Two
- 4 July. Denmark. Copenhagen
- 4 July. Denmark. Ferry on Svedish side
- 5 July. Sveden. Hamlet and the people
- 6 July. Sveden. Stockholm
- 6 July. Scansen
- 7 July. Helsinki
- 8 July. One hundred thousand of lakes
- 9 July. Finnish lifestyle
- 10 July. Finland. Passing the night on nature
- 11 July. Silent people
- 11 July. Rukka resort
- 12 July. Trip through the natural reserve
- 13 July. Finland
- 14 July. Finland. Further to the North
- 15 July. Norway. Hemningberg
- 16 July. On the place. North Cape
- 16 July. Mageroya
- 17-18 July. Trip to the Soroya Island
- 19-20 July. Tromso
- 21 July. Lofoten Islands
- 22-23 July. Norway. Hobbits and foxes
- 24-25 July. Sveden. Deers and camping
- 26 July. Norway. Trondheim
- 27 July. Norway. Trollstigen
- 28 July. Norway. Bergen
- 29 July. Return
- 30 July. Holland
- 31 July. France. Ending of The Raid
- Paris – North Cape 2010. Results