Evening paddle in Eastern Helsinki

The kayaking season has now started. I’ve been kayaking a few times and my leg feels pretty good already. It doesn’t hurt, but it is still really stiff. Last weekend, we had our first guided overnight trip of the season and the weather was great. I wasn’t guiding the group, but I paddled to the island they were camping at in the evening.

Kayaking in Eastern Helsinki

It was a bit windy during the day, but by the time I got on the water, it was already calm and really peaceful.

A kayak and a goose in Helsinki archipelago

This time of the year there are birds everywhere. It’s nice to see all the different species. I am not an expert, but I try to learn a few new bird species every year.

Evening sun at Pihlajaluoto, Helsinki

I got to Pihlajaluoto where the group was staying just as the sun was going down. Not a bad evening to enjoy the Helsinki archipelago.

Clouds and evening sunshine

The calm sea, the clouds and the evening sun shine. A perfect combination to just sit on the rocks and relax. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay the night on the island, because I had a course to guide early next morning.

Sunset in a kayak, Helsinki, Finland

I got back to the paddling center just as the sun was setting. A short, but very enjoyable evening paddle. I certainly try to get out for short trips more often this summer. Now it is really cold again. Let’s just hope it gets a bit warmer really soon!

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Spring is arriving to Helsinki

I have been busy the last month. Our baby daughter was born 3 weeks ago. So not a lot of time to think about writing or taking pictures. I had big plans to write some posts about previous trips, but taking care of a small baby is pretty time consuming. ūüôā

The great thing is that we can finnalt get out together. My calf is also much better already and I got rid of the crutches. Walking is still slow, but it is getting better. The only problem is that our girl doesn’t like stopping, so taking pictures is a small challenge.

Ice melting in Vuosaari

Yesterday evening we headed out for a walk with the whole family. This made it easier for me to take pictures along the way!

Ice melting in Vuosaari

It was really windy outside, but the wind was warm. It really feels like spring is coming!

Sunset in Vuosaari

There is still a bit of ice left, but with the strong winds and warm weather it won’t take long until the sea is completely open.

Spring time in Helsinki

My plan is to try how my leg feels about kayaking within the next few weeks. By then I think most of the ice will be gone!

A dream kayaking destination – Croatia

It’s about time to write something new in this blog. I still have a lot of pictures and stories from our Balkan roadtrip. I’ll just skip a few places and get to the kayaking part.

Kayaking around Rab Island

We took a ferry to the Island of Rab on the coast of Croatia. There we met Yogi, who runs Sea Kayak Croatia. We stayed at his house, where his mother has a few rooms and went to visit the Old Town of Rab in the evening. The Old Town was beautiful and we had a very nice meal in one of the only restaurants open at the time. The tourist season is really over in October!

Kayaking on the Adriatic Sea

The next morning Yogi set us up with all the equipment and kayaks and we packed out things in the spacy Prijon kayaks. First we paddled past the Old Town, but quickly moved forward to the more remote parts of the island.

On a break

The weather was perfect, warm and sunny. Nice to be paddling only in a t-shirt and shorts. We stopped to have something small to eat and then continued further along the coast.

Clear water on the Adriatic Sea

The color of the water was wonderful and very clear. You could see small fish swimming around and sea orchids on the rocks. We took our time exploring the coast and all the small bays. It was a great day on the water.

Setting up camp for the night

Sometime in the afternoon we found this small little beach, where we decided to camp. We weren’t sure, if it was exactly the place Yogi had recommended to us. It was a good place anyways.

Sunset on the Island of Rab

We pitched our tent and cooked some dinner just as the sun was setting. The sky was still clear and the sea very calm. There were still a lot of small fishing boats on the water. Obviously it was good weather for fishing too.

Hilleberg Allak under the stars

There was a small area with a rock wall around it. Our Hilleberg Allak tent was a perfect fit and it would have been a good place even in windy conditions.

Camping under the stars

The evening was nice and warm. It was great to see all the stars and the milky way. The best thing is being outdoors on moments like these. Especially in good company.

Cloudy skyes on a kayak trip

The next morning the weather had changed. As we got out of the tent, it looked it was going to rain soon. It never did, but we still packed our things quickly and got back on the water. It was also a bit cooler, so I am glad we brought our jackets too.

Storm approaching

As we paddled further it still wasn’t raining, but it looked like there was a storm coming. We decided to finish the day early and called Yogi to pick us up. The rain and the storm actually went past the island, but you don’t want to take any risks, if you are kayaking in an area for the first time.

It was a great kayak trip and next time we need to reserve more time to go on a longer tour. If you are into kayaking, I recommend visiting this place and getting in touch with Yogi.

 

Exploring Montenegro and Durmitor National Park

After our stay in Bosnia & Herzegovina we headed to Montenegro and to the city of Zabljak. It is located right by the Durmitor National Park. We stayed at ҆epińá Accommodation, which was a great place! AljoŇ°a and his mother run the place and we got a lot of ideas and instructions from them. And I also recommend having the breakfast, which was really good.

Crno Jezero Lake

We came to Zabljak in the afternoon and didn’t have too much time, so we headed to Crno Jezero Lake. It was just a few kilometres from where we stayed. There was a nice path going around the lake and we managed to walk around just before it got dark.

Hiking towards the lookout place over Tara Canyon

AljoŇ°a gave us instructions on getting to the lookout spot above the Tara River Canyon. It wasn’t a long way, but it took us a long time. I had to stop to take pictures all the time.

Tara Canyon in Montenegro

The Tara River Gorge is a really spectacular place. It is one of the deepest canyons in the world, 1300 metres deep at the deepest part.

Looking at the Tara River Canyon in Montenegro

In October the tourist season is already over, but we were still amazed that there were no other people here.

Enjoying the views at Tara River Gorge

It was very silent and peaceful. I really recommend visiting this place. Too bad we didn’t have more time to explore the Durmitor National Park.

Sunset in Durmitor National Park

On the way back we stopped at another lookout spot. There were skiing slopes here and a lift. Maybe we need to come back here some day and do some downhill skiing. AljoŇ°a told us that it is mostly local people during the winter, but the slopes looked good. So maybe there is potential here. And the prices are cheap!

In Zabljak we also went whitewater rafting on the Tara River. I’ll write more about that in my next post!

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.

Kayaking with my father

Our kayaking season in Vuosaari is almost over as we close in the end of September. I am planning to leave a bit early and do a kayak trip to Lake Inari on the last week of September. My father is coming along, so I suggested we do a short one night tour as practice. So we headed towards Eestiluoto and Kutuhället.

Coffee before kayaking

I was ready well before my father, so I had time to enjoy a cup of coffee before leaving. The weather was perfect.

On a break at Tammaluoto

We got going and paddled in a very relaxed pace. We had a short stop at Tammaluoto since my father had never been on the island. It is a small island without any facilities, but a beautiful place. It is a bit further out on the sea, but the wind was very light.

Kayaking in Eastern Helsinki

I was also trying to take some promo pictures along the way and my father was modelling. I really liked this shot, so I might use at our homepage at some point.

Kayaks at sunset

We made a short stop at Eestiluoto, but came to camp at Kutuhället. The evening was really nice and was still warm. No other people on the island and not a lot of people out on the sea at all.

A kayak under the stars

As the sun set, the sky cleared. The moon is almost full though so there was a lot of light. It was still a great night!

Prijon Seayak at Kuiva Hevonen

The next day we took our time before leaving. We stopped at an island called Kuiva Hevonen. The western part of the island has no cottages, so it a nice place to have a break. The weather was still perfect and actually the wind turned, so we had following seas during our whole trip.

My father is turning 70 this year, but still going strong. He is still guiding some tours, but this was his first personal kayak trip of the summer. Luckily we will get to do our trip to Lake Inari in a few weeks, so he gets out a bit more.

Shooting Stars

A few weeks back I headed to spend the night on one of the islands of the Eastern Helsinki archipelago. It was the time of the Perseid meteor shower. If the sky is clear you can see hundreds of shooting stars. So I was hoping for clear skies.

Sunset at Hattusaari

I ended up staying at Hattusaari. It was the first time on the island this summer. In the early season it is full of birds, but now the birds were gone. I took some sunset photos, but was really waiting for it to get dark. The moon was about half, so I decided to sleep for a couple of hours as the moon was setting just after midnight.

A kayak and some shooting stars

As I got out of the tent the sky was almost completely clear and I saw the first shooting star in about 3 seconds.

Shooting stars and the milky way

You could see some light pollution from Helsinki, but it was still dark enough to see the shooting stars and the milky way. You could see shooting stars everywhere. It was just difficult to get them in the pictures every time.

Watching the Perseid meteor shower

It was an awesome night and I will certainly try to get to see this next year again! I lost track at some point, but I think I saw over a hundred shooting stars. At some point I stopped making a wish every time I saw one!

Hattusaari by night

Even without the shooting stars the sky is very impressive on a clear night. I recommend going out to watch the milky way now as the nights are getting darker!