12 July. Trip through the natural reserve

We are continuing our straight movement on the north through Finland. In
that day we have visited the reserve through which territory most of routes are going. We have chosen the twelve kilometers long road.

Boats for rafting and canoeing rentals

There is the firm near the reserve entrance, which rent the equipment for the water
tourism. Even for the extreme one. The entrance to the reserve is priceless. The path we’ve chosen is a good marking road with wooden stairs and bridges.

Wooden walkways through the swamp

We are still crossing the river and numerous stormy streams. It looks like the most
part of the path was made right before we came. The cleanness is unbelievable.

Pendant bridge

We were accompanied with not big, but precise cloud of mosquitoes. This frog-queen
is hunting them for sure.

Frog in the needles

The water is follows us everywhere. Even from the upside.

Stream

The river, which we were forcing sometimes create such scenic mountain islands with gro
wing pines on them.

Islet on the River

Sometimes you will meet the yelling waterfalls.

Waterfall and stones

This watermill is looks pretty beautiful.

Old water mill

In some especially scenic places (they are marked with symbol of the miradore – beautiful view) I have seen the shields with description of the specific place of the route.
There is even a pierced hole for the lazy tourists – you can look and photographing from
the best point.
To be continued…

Table of Contents: Raid Paris – North Cape 2010 Daily Reports

  1. 3 July. Paris. The beginning of The Raid
  2. 3 July. The beginning of The Raid. Part Two
  3. 4 July. Denmark. Copenhagen
  4. 4 July. Denmark. Ferry on Svedish side
  5. 5 July. Sveden. Hamlet and the people
  6. 6 July. Sveden. Stockholm
  7. 6 July. Scansen
  8. 7 July. Helsinki
  9. 8 July. One hundred thousand of lakes
  10. 9 July. Finnish lifestyle
  11. 10 July. Finland. Passing the night on nature
  12. 11 July. Silent people
  13. 11 July. Rukka resort
  14. 12 July. Trip through the natural reserve
  15. 13 July. Finland
  16. 14 July. Finland. Further to the North
  17. 15 July. Norway. Hemningberg
  18. 16 July. On the place. North Cape
  19. 16 July. Mageroya
  20. 17-18 July. Trip to the Soroya Island
  21. 19-20 July. Tromso
  22. 21 July. Lofoten Islands
  23. 22-23 July. Norway. Hobbits and foxes
  24. 24-25 July. Sveden. Deers and camping
  25. 26 July. Norway. Trondheim
  26. 27 July. Norway. Trollstigen
  27. 28 July. Norway. Bergen
  28. 29 July. Return
  29. 30 July. Holland
  30. 31 July. France. Ending of The Raid
  31. Paris – North Cape 2010. Results
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11 July. Silent people

The next day had started from funny village, which was decorated like the Formula 1 car. And it was also put on the high pile. There are water space, motorboats and fishing boats.

Лодки

Boats

There is a parking for motorboats.

Водная парковка

Water parking

Following the plan we should visit interesting modern-art object, placed on the roadside of “route 5”. This installation is also called “Silent nation”. There are several hundreds of wooden graves with heads made of turf pieces with protruded grass. Which is also wearing cloth. That symbolize the spirit of the Finnish nation, which no matter what overcome and save his identity.

Тихие люди

Silent people on the highway number 5

The installation was made by Finnish dancer, painter and choreograph Rejo Kella. The locals each year change the clothes which damaged by sun and wind. Mostly second-hand, but sometimes it is a new cloth with stickers.

Тихие люди 2

Silent people 2

The impression from this place was very strong. It fills like you definitely appeared in surroundings of wiggling people, who trying to tell you something. There are a lot of different people – children, adults, men and women.

Тихие люди 3

Silent people 3

People came here, and young too. Even slightly smoked teenagers are very quiet and modest.

Живые и тихие

Silent People 4

Moving farther while looking on the red-moss-covered rocks, which are lying on the roadside.

Красные камни

The red moss on the rocks

It is pleasant to driving through the winding gravel route. It is lined with innocent forest, which contact with places of tundra.

Forest road

We have encountered the half-destroyed bridge, which was too unstable for forcing. Later the Range Rover from our caravan decided to overcome the river, but stuck and needed some help from Alan’s Defender. It is good, that receiver is working properly.

Мост

Impenetrable bridge

On the edge of the forest and swamp we have met the half-mythical creatures – the north deers. Reindeers, how most of people call them, are very adorable and behave like cows in the India. That had slowed us down a lot.

Северный олень на водопое

Reindeer at the watering

But if the view is good you can smash the gas button and moving forward to new adventures!

Дорога

Road

To be continued…

Table of Contents: Raid Paris – North Cape 2010 Daily Reports

  1. 3 July. Paris. The beginning of The Raid
  2. 3 July. The beginning of The Raid. Part Two
  3. 4 July. Denmark. Copenhagen
  4. 4 July. Denmark. Ferry on Svedish side
  5. 5 July. Sveden. Hamlet and the people
  6. 6 July. Sveden. Stockholm
  7. 6 July. Scansen
  8. 7 July. Helsinki
  9. 8 July. One hundred thousand of lakes
  10. 9 July. Finnish lifestyle
  11. 10 July. Finland. Passing the night on nature
  12. 11 July. Silent people
  13. 11 July. Rukka resort
  14. 12 July. Trip through the natural reserve
  15. 13 July. Finland
  16. 14 July. Finland. Further to the North
  17. 15 July. Norway. Hemningberg
  18. 16 July. On the place. North Cape
  19. 16 July. Mageroya
  20. 17-18 July. Trip to the Soroya Island
  21. 19-20 July. Tromso
  22. 21 July. Lofoten Islands
  23. 22-23 July. Norway. Hobbits and foxes
  24. 24-25 July. Sveden. Deers and camping
  25. 26 July. Norway. Trondheim
  26. 27 July. Norway. Trollstigen
  27. 28 July. Norway. Bergen
  28. 29 July. Return
  29. 30 July. Holland
  30. 31 July. France. Ending of The Raid
  31. Paris – North Cape 2010. Results
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10 July. Finland. Passing the night on nature

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.

Roots

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.

Forest road to Kajaani

In the Alassalmi strait on the lake Oulujärvi we are carried with the yellow cable ferry. And there are nobody only ourselves on it!

Alassalmi. Паром

Alassalmi. Ferry

The weather is good but not always. As a rule there were a lot of rainfall during last raids, but we are lucky.

Yellow Ferry

This ferry somehow reminds me the yellow submarine from the Bittles’ song.

Green and blue colors

Even the irrigation channel looks pretty.

Footprint

There is my footprint on the shore near Hankasalmi.

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.

Forest lake

 In the lake water is blue with green shades of the forest.

Trees in the water

Countryside

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.

Summer in Kajaani

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…

Укрепление возле моста в Каяни

Fortifications near the bridge in Kajaani

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9 July. Finnish lifestyle

Our journey continues through Finland according to the roadbook. Moving for the route is just one part of the adventure. Also we have to make shots about various topics. One of them is “The Finnish lifestyle”.

Finnish Way of Life

The wooden platform with benches is built on the lake.

Gangway

July turns out the hot one. The sky is amusing us with blueness. The roadsides are planted with lupines.

Meadow, forest, water

The big stone had saved the life of three high pines at the felling.

Pines

Little islands on the lakes are decorated with green hats.

Lake

Merchants in small towns were selling the strawberry. My attention was chased by this vertical flower bed in shape of two helixes made of white and red flowers.

Flowers

From the little bridge we have caught sight of a beard of the merman in the lake.

Seaweed

We were especially amazed by the small, well-groomed orthodox church. The pathway to it was lost in the high grass.

Church

To be continued…

Table of Contents: Raid Paris – North Cape 2010 Daily Reports

  1. 3 July. Paris. The beginning of The Raid
  2. 3 July. The beginning of The Raid. Part Two
  3. 4 July. Denmark. Copenhagen
  4. 4 July. Denmark. Ferry on Svedish side
  5. 5 July. Sveden. Hamlet and the people
  6. 6 July. Sveden. Stockholm
  7. 6 July. Scansen
  8. 7 July. Helsinki
  9. 8 July. One hundred thousand of lakes
  10. 9 July. Finnish lifestyle
  11. 10 July. Finland. Passing the night on nature
  12. 11 July. Silent people
  13. 11 July. Rukka resort
  14. 12 July. Trip through the natural reserve
  15. 13 July. Finland
  16. 14 July. Finland. Further to the North
  17. 15 July. Norway. Hemningberg
  18. 16 July. On the place. North Cape
  19. 16 July. Mageroya
  20. 17-18 July. Trip to the Soroya Island
  21. 19-20 July. Tromso
  22. 21 July. Lofoten Islands
  23. 22-23 July. Norway. Hobbits and foxes
  24. 24-25 July. Sveden. Deers and camping
  25. 26 July. Norway. Trondheim
  26. 27 July. Norway. Trollstigen
  27. 28 July. Norway. Bergen
  28. 29 July. Return
  29. 30 July. Holland
  30. 31 July. France. Ending of The Raid
  31. Paris – North Cape 2010. Results
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8 July. Country of thousands of lakes and islands

All day we went for a car through the scenic forest roads on the South of Finland.

Lake

There is a true about thousands of lakes and islands. Especially we were impressed by innocence of surrounding nature. You can’t feel the presence of the Mankind. There are wooden platforms, little houses and boats.

Beautiful nature

We didn’t see any locks or graffiti on the walls.

We spent evening in the camping near the warm lake with a magnificent sandy beach. The sunset lasted for four hours, reminding about that we were already on the North.

I have made sure that Finland is a tourist paradise. (Not advertising).

To be continued…

Table of Contents: Raid Paris – North Cape 2010 Daily Reports

  1. 3 July. Paris. The beginning of The Raid
  2. 3 July. The beginning of The Raid. Part Two
  3. 4 July. Denmark. Copenhagen
  4. 4 July. Denmark. Ferry on Svedish side
  5. 5 July. Sveden. Hamlet and the people
  6. 6 July. Sveden. Stockholm
  7. 6 July. Scansen
  8. 7 July. Helsinki
  9. 8 July. One hundred thousand of lakes
  10. 9 July. Finnish lifestyle
  11. 10 July. Finland. Passing the night on nature
  12. 11 July. Silent people
  13. 11 July. Rukka resort
  14. 12 July. Trip through the natural reserve
  15. 13 July. Finland
  16. 14 July. Finland. Further to the North
  17. 15 July. Norway. Hemningberg
  18. 16 July. On the place. North Cape
  19. 16 July. Mageroya
  20. 17-18 July. Trip to the Soroya Island
  21. 19-20 July. Tromso
  22. 21 July. Lofoten Islands
  23. 22-23 July. Norway. Hobbits and foxes
  24. 24-25 July. Sveden. Deers and camping
  25. 26 July. Norway. Trondheim
  26. 27 July. Norway. Trollstigen
  27. 28 July. Norway. Bergen
  28. 29 July. Return
  29. 30 July. Holland
  30. 31 July. France. Ending of The Raid
  31. Paris – North Cape 2010. Results
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7 July. Helsinki

In the early morning we have arrived the Helsinki. I like the ferry carried us. This is a touristic attraction. It is moving throw the sea by day, so you got time to sleep in cabin or dance at disco. The buffet lunch costs 9 euro and everything is tasty.

This is my first photo of the Finnish capital. Helsinki is a small city in comparison with Paris (with town-satellites there is one million people) but the largest city in Finland.

Helsinki

There is also the scancen, but it’s more modest. Somehow I have remembered only this seagull.

Seagull – guard of Skansen

The main boulevard is decorated with the monuments and people relax on the green lawns.

Relax on the grass

The market square looks like Maidan of Independence in Kyiv from the distance.

Market Square

A café is situated on the deсk of the old-fashioned red steamy-steamer.

Cafe in the steamy ship

The big surprise for me become a friendly and generous reception in the France’s embassy. All our teams had met the Ambassador and the military attache of France Republic in Finland. They were charismatic women. The meeting was made very well with gourmet French cooking and Finnish hospitality.

To be continued…

Table of Contents: Raid Paris – North Cape 2010 Daily Reports

  1. 3 July. Paris. The beginning of The Raid
  2. 3 July. The beginning of The Raid. Part Two
  3. 4 July. Denmark. Copenhagen
  4. 4 July. Denmark. Ferry on Svedish side
  5. 5 July. Sveden. Hamlet and the people
  6. 6 July. Sveden. Stockholm
  7. 6 July. Scansen
  8. 7 July. Helsinki
  9. 8 July. One hundred thousand of lakes
  10. 9 July. Finnish lifestyle
  11. 10 July. Finland. Passing the night on nature
  12. 11 July. Silent people
  13. 11 July. Rukka resort
  14. 12 July. Trip through the natural reserve
  15. 13 July. Finland
  16. 14 July. Finland. Further to the North
  17. 15 July. Norway. Hemningberg
  18. 16 July. On the place. North Cape
  19. 16 July. Mageroya
  20. 17-18 July. Trip to the Soroya Island
  21. 19-20 July. Tromso
  22. 21 July. Lofoten Islands
  23. 22-23 July. Norway. Hobbits and foxes
  24. 24-25 July. Sveden. Deers and camping
  25. 26 July. Norway. Trondheim
  26. 27 July. Norway. Trollstigen
  27. 28 July. Norway. Bergen
  28. 29 July. Return
  29. 30 July. Holland
  30. 31 July. France. Ending of The Raid
  31. Paris – North Cape 2010. Results
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6 July. Scansen

One of the most attractive tourist places of Stockholm – the Scansen. This is the first open-air museum in the world. It looks really impressive. Beautiful hills with 150 architectural objects (the ancient houses, churches, belfry and others) from all over the country demonstrate lifestyle of the traditional Sweden. Characters in the national costumes are met everywhere. There are an open-air zoo with various Scandinavian animals,  a vintage restaurant, an old-fashioned pharmacy and a bakery. The adult ticket is cost 35 euro.

Scansen. View from inside.

Everything has good look, staff speak in English. There is also a big concert place.

A picturesque edifice

A rose garden

A hut for storing

No wonder everybody gots a good mood.

Happy Oksana among roses

The roses with exotic names smell very well. But the evening is coming and we have to go out. We are going to ship by the Stockholm – Helsinki ferry.

Floating town

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6 July. Sweden. Stockholm

We have arrived in Stockholm very early in the morning, before the sun rises over the water.

The city is situated on 14 islands.

Stockholm

There are majestic architecture, numerous palaces, many outdoors statues and old-fashioned street lanterns here.

Lion

In other words, This is the capital of the Last Empire.

Channel

The monumental building of parliament is surrounded with straight walls of the channel.

Riksdag (House of Parliament)

It is really a palace.

Sunrise

We have met the sunrise with the Hermes bronze statue. It is wearing only sandals and the helmet.

Old city street

Rocky streets of the old city.

Flowers

The tiny park is ornate with flowers.

Bicycle lane

And the cycle roads are before start of traffic.

Old-fashioned motorcycle.

The vintage motorcycle is parked in the picturesque cobbled street.

Bus from Russia

We have met the Russian tourists. It seemed to me there are more of them in Antalya than in Northland.

Defining route

It’s time! We have to plan the next route.

Street cafe

But the comfortable café looks so seducing.

Chik of sparrow

We have found the poult of sparrow. I believe he survived that day!

Sconce

At last, the most famous sightseeing of Stockholm is the Skansen. This is the first open-air museum in the world.

To be continued…

Table of Contents: Raid Paris – North Cape 2010 Daily Reports

  1. 3 July. Paris. The beginning of The Raid
  2. 3 July. The beginning of The Raid. Part Two
  3. 4 July. Denmark. Copenhagen
  4. 4 July. Denmark. Ferry on Svedish side
  5. 5 July. Sveden. Hamlet and the people
  6. 6 July. Sveden. Stockholm
  7. 6 July. Scansen
  8. 7 July. Helsinki
  9. 8 July. One hundred thousand of lakes
  10. 9 July. Finnish lifestyle
  11. 10 July. Finland. Passing the night on nature
  12. 11 July. Silent people
  13. 11 July. Rukka resort
  14. 12 July. Trip through the natural reserve
  15. 13 July. Finland
  16. 14 July. Finland. Further to the North
  17. 15 July. Norway. Hemningberg
  18. 16 July. On the place. North Cape
  19. 16 July. Mageroya
  20. 17-18 July. Trip to the Soroya Island
  21. 19-20 July. Tromso
  22. 21 July. Lofoten Islands
  23. 22-23 July. Norway. Hobbits and foxes
  24. 24-25 July. Sveden. Deers and camping
  25. 26 July. Norway. Trondheim
  26. 27 July. Norway. Trollstigen
  27. 28 July. Norway. Bergen
  28. 29 July. Return
  29. 30 July. Holland
  30. 31 July. France. Ending of The Raid
  31. Paris – North Cape 2010. Results
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5 July. Sweden. Hamlet and the people

We have really liked Sweden so I give her more attention now.

Forest lake in Sweden

We have realized that Sweden have many green forests and many blue lakes, not only nice roads and pretty towns. Продовження

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4 July. Denmark. Ferry on Svedish side

The blessed Denmark is declared the happiest country on the planet in 2010.

King’s palace

The Royal Family’s residence of Fredensborg impress. It is worth to stay longer there.

Then we have driven across the Denmark from one coast to another. And we’ve arrived to Elsinore (Helsingør). This is a beautiful town of growing roses in the ancient streets.

Ancient street in Elsinore

Something like that

Rose

Elsinore is known for its castle Kronborg.

Kronborg castle

The tap is trying to pick up one of the castle’s tower.

Ferry to Sweden

This is another big and beautiful ferry. Now it is moving to Sweden.

Breakwater of Helsingborg

The old city of the Swedish town Helsingborg is seen at the dawn.

View on the old city

The town looks pretty comfortable. There are some ferry boats near the pier, the ancient edifices and the traditional buildings. We are leaving the board and going forward. Stockholm is waiting for us.

To be continued…

Table of Contents: Raid Paris – North Cape 2010 Daily Reports

  1. 3 July. Paris. The beginning of The Raid
  2. 3 July. The beginning of The Raid. Part Two
  3. 4 July. Denmark. Copenhagen
  4. 4 July. Denmark. Ferry on Svedish side
  5. 5 July. Sveden. Hamlet and the people
  6. 6 July. Sveden. Stockholm
  7. 6 July. Scansen
  8. 7 July. Helsinki
  9. 8 July. One hundred thousand of lakes
  10. 9 July. Finnish lifestyle
  11. 10 July. Finland. Passing the night on nature
  12. 11 July. Silent people
  13. 11 July. Rukka resort
  14. 12 July. Trip through the natural reserve
  15. 13 July. Finland
  16. 14 July. Finland. Further to the North
  17. 15 July. Norway. Hemningberg
  18. 16 July. On the place. North Cape
  19. 16 July. Mageroya
  20. 17-18 July. Trip to the Soroya Island
  21. 19-20 July. Tromso
  22. 21 July. Lofoten Islands
  23. 22-23 July. Norway. Hobbits and foxes
  24. 24-25 July. Sveden. Deers and camping
  25. 26 July. Norway. Trondheim
  26. 27 July. Norway. Trollstigen
  27. 28 July. Norway. Bergen
  28. 29 July. Return
  29. 30 July. Holland
  30. 31 July. France. Ending of The Raid
  31. Paris – North Cape 2010. Results
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