After two days of eating and taking it easy, it was time to get out and do something active. During Christmas there was still no snow anywhere to be seen in the south of Finland.
Luckily Isojärvi National Park was close to where we spent Christmas. We started from the south of the National Park from Heretty and walked to Kalalahti, where we grilled some sausages on the open fire. We took a different route back and it was altogether about 15 kilometres of hiking. Of course we started late and we had to walk the last kilometres in the dark. For some reason we didn’t even bring head torches, but we were saved by the good flashlight of my cell phone.
There is a bridge to cross to other side of the narrow lake in the beginning of the lake.
The weather was really beautiful, but quite cold and windy.
The forest was actually very dry, but there were some beautiful small creeks.
It was sunny, but at this time of the year even in the middle of the day the sun is really low.
There are a lot of lakes and ponds along the trail.
No snow on the ground, but you can see that the ground is frozen. The temperature was already below freezing.
The sun is already very low and we aren’t even at the halfway point.
The trail was easy to follow even in the dark. Unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of time to take pictures after dark, since we were trying to get back to the car as quickly as possible. We got lost just once, but not for a long time. And after 5 hours of hiking, it was nice to eat some more Christmas food again!