Reflections on the water

I took some photos of the reflections on the water at Kiikunlähde. It was a beautiful place and I really like how the photos turned out. Not much to explain about them. Let me know what you think about the photos!

 

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Kiikunlähde – a natural spring in Hollola

After seeing a few pictures of this place, we decided it was worth a visit! Kiikunlähde is one of the biggest natural springs in Finland. It is only about an hour’s drive from Helsinki, close to the city of Lahti.

Snow falling from a tree

We found the parking lot and from there it was only a few hundred meters to the place. It was sunny, but a bit windy. Waiting for Henna to change, I took some pictures of snow falling from the trees.

Kiikunlähde in Hollola from the road

After walking for just a few minutes the spring was on the right hand side. So even with my crutches it was easy to get here. But getting all the way down to the water was really steep and icy.

Kiikunlähde in Hollola, Finland

I tried walking down first, but pretty quickly realized that the safest way was to slide down. Once I got down I knew it certainly was worth it! It was just an amazing place.

Kiikunlähde natural spring

The color of the water was beautiful. The turquoise color is something you normally see somewhere in the Mediterranean, but not in Finland. There are 14 spots in the pool where the water comes up from the ground. And it’s a lot of water, approximately 7000 cubic meters per day. It is part of the biggest ground water deposits in Southern Finland.

Winter day at Kiikunläde in Hollola, Finland

When the water comes out of the ground it is about 5 degrees Celsius. So even in the winter the whole pool doesn’t freeze. The pool is about 400 metres long and 100 meters wide.

Reflections at Kiikunlähde natural spring

I also read that there are a lot of trout living in the pool. However we couldn’t see any of them now. Some people swim here in the summer, but I wouldn’t recommend it since some of the nearby houses take the drinking water straight from the pool. Parts of the shores are also private land. So only go down to the pool on places, where there is no fence or signs.

Turquoise water at Kiikunlähde natural spring

It was really beautiful here in the winter, but I think we need to try to visit the place in the summer too. Here is a link to the parking lot and the place, if you want to visit it.

I was happy to get out again. Let’s see if I can find more places like this to visit until my leg is better!

 

 

The city of Kotor in Montenegro

After spending time around the mountains, it was time to get to the sea shore. We chose to stay a couple of nights in Kotor on the Mediterranean Sea. We arrived in the evening and found the apartment we had reserved. The price was incredibly cheap and the place was great. We payed about 25 € per night for two persons at Apartments Residence Portofino.

The old town of Kotor

The apartment was a few kilometres away from the city center and the only inconvenient thing was walking in the dark on the really narrow road with cars driving past you really fast. It was a beautiful evening and the lights on the medieval fortification walls looked great in the dark.

The bay of Kotor and the moon

It was almost full moon and the the bay of Kotor was completely calm. So it took us a long time to walk back to the apartment. Luckily Henna is always really patient waiting for me to stop and take pictures everywhere.

Sunrise in Kotor, Montenegro

The next morning we woke up to a wonderful sunrise. The picture is taken just outside our apartment on a small dock. While I was there taking photos, an older gentleman approached me from a nearby house. We started talking and it turned out this man had been working in Finland for years as a sea captain. He still remembered how punctual and well-run everything in Finland was. The only thing he didn’t appreciate so much was the weather. 🙂 He was now retired and was living here in Kotor. It was nice to talk to the man and hear what he tought about Finland and many other things.

The City Walls of Kotor, Montenegro

We spent the day walking around the city and in the old town. This is the fortification wall on the sea level.

The bay of Kotor, Montenegro

For a small fee you could walk along the fortification walls. It was pretty steep walking up, but the views were great. Of course at some point we managed to find another path going down, which no one else was using. It wasn’t in good condition, but we managed to get down and to the other side of the old town in one piece. The clouds started to get darker and just as we were back down it started raining. We escaped inside a restaurant to have something to eat and the rain stopped soon after that.

Kotor was a really nice place to visit for a couple of days. Although it rained a bit, we were still lucky with the weather. Propably in the summer it is packed with tourists, so it is not so peaceful.

 

 

Reflections

I still have one more post left from hiking in Tenerife, but I thought i would get back to our canoe trip in Norway first.

During the trip it was dead calm every day. All the rocks and branches in the water made beautiful reflections on the water. After taking pictures of the first ones, I got a bit addicted in trying to get te best angles and spots. Here are my favorite shots.

Rock and reflection

The lake was just so calm that it was amazing.

Big rock, middle rock and small rock

Three rocks.

Two rocks

Two rocks.

A dead pine tree in the water

A dead pine tree in the water.

A branch from under water

A branch from an underwater tree.