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 ‚ā¨ 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. ūüôā 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.

 

 

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Peace and quiet in Finnish Lapland

After a very intensive season at the paddling centre it is great to get somewhere where it is really quiet. The northern part of Lake Inari was just that.

Evening at Suolistaipale Open Hut

This picture is from our second night at the Suolistaipale Open Hut. The picture is a long exposure with a 10-stop ND-filter.

Blue moment at Lake Inari

A blue moment just before the dark. This was a great camping place at Kyynelvuono, one of the fjorfs on the northside of Lake Inari.

Sunrise at Lake Inari

The most beautiful sunset of the trip was close the to the Pisteri Open Hut, where we stayed for one night.

Sunset at Lake Nitsijärvi

A sunset at Lake Nitsijärvi, our last camp!

Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland

On the last two nghts we were also able to see some Northern Lights. This was a great place to camp. There was a small pond just by the lake and we pitched our tents in between.

Our group at Lake Inari

A group picture with Henna, my father and me.

We are travelling in Europe with Henna now, so the next post will be from our trip here. We are currently in Montenegro and have been to Slovenia and Bosnia & Herzegovina earlier.

Sunrise in Vuosaari

I have been busy getting everything ready for our paddling season at the new paddling center, so I haven’t had time to post anything in the blog. This morning I woke up early and decided to go out with the camera. I went to the Kallahti Peninsula (Kallahdenniemi in Finnish) to take some pictures of the sunrise. It was a beautiful morning.

Two birds at sunrise

 

Sunrise at Kallahti Peninsula

Sunrise in Vuosaari

Vuosaari is a beautiful place

Next week I will try to write something about our new paddling center.

Overnight at Oratunturi

I did a one night trip to Oratunturi when I was staying in Sodankylä. It is pretty close to Sodankylä, but still a very nice location, where you have the feeling of being in the middle of nature.

Northern Lights close to Oratunturi

I started the late in the evening and was skiing in the dark. I was planning to just ski straight to the open shelter to sleep, since the forecast was cloudy until early morning. But the sky was quite clear already as I started skiing. There were some Northern Lights, but not very bright ones.

Moon rising behind the trees

And the moon was super bright. As I got higher up I didn’t even need my head torch to find my way. But it took me way longer to get to the open shelter, because I needed to stop to take pictures so many times.

Open shelter at Oratunturi

This is where I spent the night. A had two candles and I made a fire. It was really nice to sleep here, but it was much colder than I expected. The forecast was – 8 degrees Celsius, but it was actually – 23 degrees, because of the clear sky.

Sunrise at Oratunturi

It was a bit cold sleeping outside, but the sunrise in the morning made it more than worth it!

Oratunturi open shelter

This is the open shelter coming back from the Oratunturi fjell. I just love it when all the trees are covered with snow.

Enjoying the sunrise

Skiing back as the sun was rising was great. It was just a great trip. I really recommend just doing short adventures like this. And for this Oratunturi is a great destination from Sodankylä.