Saturday, 9 of August 2008
Young Journalists’ blog (FCP 2008)
Hello! This is Catarina, from Portugal. The journey in Lapland continues. This is our last they in the North of Finland, feeling the nature and the inside culture of the finnish people. Indeed, I think that this day, at least for me, was the mirror of the finnish way of living.
All our day was related with nature. After having breakfast at Saariselkä Spa Hotel we went hiking in Urho Kaleva Kekkonen National Park. Together we made a 15 quilometres walk but then I also went with Alicia, Daniel and Kunal to the top of the Kiilopää Hill (so we made almost 20km). We started our hiking journey at 11 a.m., we passed by raindeers, took some photos just before Renata managed to frightened them and the photos ended for all the curious ones. Temperature? 12 degrees and getting down as we went up in the hills.
Speed is not really our best quality. Some people went faster, some slower, but I got the idea that the guide was always waiting for us. After spending one hour walking, and getting in touch with nature, we stopped to eat some sausages. It was one of the highests moments of the day: seeing everyone trying to put the sausages in fire, some of them felt on their way of becoming cooked, some went really toasted and some were really professional ones. Drinking fresh water directly from the river was delicious and unique.
At 2.30 p.m., after a long hiking time we reache Kiilopää Fell Centre. Yes, we were tired, but then we had this great sauna waiting for us, so we couldn’t really missed it, could we? And, as we are getting used to it, the “mini-lake” had to come immediately after. In the sauna: 75 degrees. In the river: 3. A huge difference but nothing that we could deal with..at least for like 10 seconds in the coldest “mini-lake” I had ever been into…But I think that this sensation is so typical that we can only get it by doing it…you breed differently. A helthy breed.
So after, the hiking to Kiilopää Hill. The way up was not that difficult, we had to rest for a little while, but the view up there, the silence, the closeness to the top of everything made it all easier. After 2,2km we got there. And, well, there are some things that can’t be written. This is one of them. Putting in words all the mixed feelings of being in the top of that hill is not really an easy task. Indeed, it was great to see how each person can leave there a little bit of their own. In the top, there were many little stones, of all shapes, making different kinds od drawings, or even country names. It a way of people to say: “I’ve been here and I want to leave a part of me in this place.” There, we could imagine all kind of stories. Time to go. The bus was waiting.
8 p.m.: Dinner at the Lappish Hut Feast, on the complex of our hotel. I must say that the food was really delicious. One thing is fore sure: if are supposed to be seduzed by finnish food, I’m sure that just in the first week we are all into it. It’s good, tasty, and will makes all gain a lot of quilos. This is a fact. But well, we won’t have nothing similiar soon. The tipic hut, with the fire inside, on the middle made the ambience even more perfect. Conclusion: we all want to take this food back to our homes, to our countries.