National parks in Finland – Helvetinkolu

This post is about the national park in Finland called Helvetinjärvi (direct translation: Lake of Hell). On last Saturday we celebrated the annual Finnish Nature Day here in Finland! So what would be a more appropriate thing to do than make this next post about our beautiful (but cold) country Finland. Also worth mentioning is that Finland is having is 100th birthday this year which means there is lots of celebration going on here.

NATIONAL PARK of HELVETINJÄRVI

-HELVETINKOLU

It was actually quite a boring weather on the day when we were planning on going to Helvetinkolu. Helvetinkolu is a place in national park of Helvetinjärvi. My mother has been there many times and she said we should try it out. When translated to English Helvetinkolu is actually called as Hell and I understand why because there is this one place where the rock has split to half. This is a spectacular view and you don’t want to fall down. Despite the fact that this place is called Hell it should be Heaven. It’ s a wonderful place where you’re surrounded by beautiful nature. Also the weather got better as we walked and we even saw a colourful sunset. The best thing was that there was hardly anyone else. Beautiful tracks are usually crowded with tourists but that’s not the case in Finland -what a luxury!

So we decided to go to Helvetinkolu only for picnicking because we didn’t have the time to stay for a night. Although that would have been great. So if you can spend the night there you really should. Especially this time of the year when the nights are clear. Stars are absolutely amazing when your not too near big cities. One of the best feelings is when the ocean of stars in twinkling above you! Finland is not a very warm country so remember to put enough clothes on you and fill your bag with yummy snacks! One thing I also recommend is to use mosquito repellent.

Go explore the nature around you and travel if possible. At least remember to watch for the stars for a while. A little stardust for your life is never a bad idea!

More info about Finnish national parks here.

More of our hiking adventures here.

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Where to go:

Helvetinjärven kansallispuisto

What to wear:  

Top: Warm sweater

Trousers: Something stretchy

Shoes: Hiking shoes (mine: Merrel)

Bag: Backbag (mine: Fjallräven Kånken, works for a day trip)

What to do:

Enjoy nature, fresh air and silence. Picnicking. Hiking. Photographing.

Until next time!

-Laura

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