On my short visit in Finland I mainly had beautiful autumn weather with the sun shining from a blue and cloudless sky. I went through a mountain landscape which was dominated by stones and rocks, yet far from boring. Stunning distant views, bizarre rock formations and wild river valleys brought about a lot of variation.
From the Finnish alpine world I descended into the wonderful Reisadalen – a deeply incised canyon with steep hillsides from which numerous waterfalls find their way into the valley. Because of the protected location temperatures were still quite mild and most trees still wore their autumn costume. It was here where I saw the most varied and intense autumn colours of the whole trip. In Reisadalen the DNT cabin Nedrefosshytta is located which is said to be one of the favourites of the queen. I did not meet her there, but 3 zoologists who expanded my knowledge of mushroom mosquitos which they were studying there.
From Reisadalen I had to ascend again onto the vast plateau of Finnmarksvidda that I have just enterred now. Until now it has presented itself as a mix of low birch forest, swampy areas and heather. Here I found my way to Kautokeino which seems to be the “capital” of the Sami. The Sami school of applied sciences and the Sami national theatre are located her and according to Wikipedia 90 % of the inhabitations speak Sami as their mother tongue. It was a strange feeling to hear most people on the street speak another language than Norwegian. It almost felt like being in another country.
Days have started to become considerably shorter now. Was it still bright until 8:30 pm just some weeks ago it is already dark at 7 now. Hiking days are starting to get shorter 😉