Hiihtäen Halki Suomen / Skiing Through Finland / HHS lisäsi 4 kuvaa ja 5 videota.

HIITOPAIVA 33 - THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017
ROUTE: NUROGAM TO ARCTIC OCEAN
LATITUDE: NUORGAM 70.4N
DISTANCE: 70K
ACCOMODATIONS: NUIRGAMIN LOMAKESKUS
TEMPERATURE: -0C
WINDS: SOUTH 2MS
SECTION 3 - 717K
TOTAL SECTIONS 1,2,3 - 1786K

For our last day we start in Finland on the Tana River but soon ski across in border to Norway for 58K of skiing downriver. After 58K we cross to land and start a 7K climb over a ridge to the Barents Sea. The ski gods must have been paying particular attention today since we had -0C temperatures, light southerly breeze blowing us to the sea, and no sun. The track was rather fast and the only issue we had occurred at around 30K when snow and winds blew in our track for 5K or so. Then, the track reappeared and we had an easy ski to land.

The plan for the day was for the first group to ski out the door and onto the river at 6AM. The fastest group would follow by 7:30 and the others inbetween. Puavo wanted all of us to meet the service vehicle by 1:00PM at 58K where we left the river. There, the skiers that wanted to a swim in the 38F water pick up a towel and whatever clothes needed to briefly "swim".
Swim is a relative term and can mean just getting somewhat wet in the 4C seawater, or, actually enjoy sitting in it.
You can see some of the photos and videos attached to get the flavor of the moment. Suffice it to say that everyone was in a very upbeat mood after the 33 day 1800K trek was completed.
When the swimming and photo sessions were complete, most of us skied back to the 4PM bus completing what was a 69K day. Now that the sun was out we enjoyed the beautiful bus ride back to Nurogam. We were in Norway for most of the 40k ride and given a guided tour of the area. The main industry up there is fishing, tourism, reindeer, and some farming.
There is also a Norwegian agriculture college with 40 students. The Tana River is one of the premier Atlantic salmon fisheries in the world and fishermen (and women) come from many countries to try their luck. The largest salmon caught was 79lbs back in 1929. I think that most of the fish are caught from boats using spoons.
Our guide also talked about Nuorgam, which bills itself as the northernmost town of the EU at 70.4N latitude. It has around 100 inhabitants in the town and 70 more in the surrounding area. Summer is the busy time due to the salmon fishery. Another source of income are Norwegians coming to buy alcohol. A $30 bottle of whiskey in Nurogam costs over $90 in Norway (Earlier in the trip we were told that Finns go to Estonia to buy liquor because is much cheaper there. Don't tell the Norwegians). Like most of the other small towns in the north, there are few young people due to the distances involved going to school and the lack of much to do. Most leave but a few move back later in life.
During the evening, we were treated to a nice HHS dinner and the awards banquet. There were a couple of very nice tributes to Paavo's efforts. We all thanked Puavo, Jussi, Vesa, and Risto for their efforts in helping us all complete a safe and successful journey. A very nice way to end HHS.

Jeff

PS. Puavo and Jussi are making plans now for HHS2019. Contact them if you are interested.
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HIITOPAIVA 33 - THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017
ROUTE: NUROGAM TO ARCTIC OCEAN
LATITUDE: NUORGAM 70.4N
DISTANCE: 70K
ACCOMODATIONS: NUIRGAMIN LOMAKESKUS
TEMPERATURE:  -0C
WINDS:  SOUTH 2MS
SECTION 3 - 717K
TOTAL SECTIONS 1,2,3 - 1786K

For our last day we start in Finland on the Tana River but soon ski across in border to Norway for 58K of skiing downriver.   After 58K we cross to land and start a 7K climb over a ridge to the Barents Sea.   The ski gods must have been paying particular attention today since we had -0C temperatures, light southerly breeze blowing us to the sea, and no sun.   The track was rather fast and the only issue we had occurred at around 30K when snow and winds blew in our track for 5K or so.   Then, the track reappeared and we had an easy ski to land.

The plan for the day was for the first group to ski out the door and onto the river at 6AM.  The fastest group would follow by 7:30 and the others inbetween.  Puavo wanted all of us to meet the service vehicle by 1:00PM at 58K where we left the river.   There, the skiers that wanted to a swim in the 38F water pick up a towel and whatever clothes needed to briefly swim.
Swim is a relative term and can mean just getting somewhat wet in the 4C seawater, or, actually enjoy sitting in it. 
 You can see some of the photos and videos attached to get the flavor of the moment.  Suffice it to say that everyone was in a very upbeat mood after the 33 day 1800K trek was completed.
When the swimming and photo sessions were complete, most of us skied back to the 4PM bus completing what was a 69K day.    Now that the sun was out we enjoyed the beautiful bus ride back to Nurogam.  We were in Norway for most of the 40k ride and given a guided tour of the area.   The main industry up there is fishing, tourism, reindeer, and some farming.  
There is also a Norwegian agriculture college with 40 students. The Tana River is one of the premier Atlantic salmon fisheries in the world and fishermen (and women) come from many countries to try their luck.  The largest salmon caught was 79lbs back in 1929.  I think that most of the fish are caught from boats using spoons.
Our guide also talked about Nuorgam, which bills itself as the northernmost town of the EU at 70.4N latitude.  It has around 100 inhabitants in the town and 70 more in the surrounding area.   Summer is the busy time due to the salmon fishery.   Another source of income are Norwegians coming to buy alcohol.  A $30 bottle of whiskey in Nurogam costs over $90 in Norway  (Earlier in the trip we were told that Finns go to Estonia to buy liquor because is much cheaper there.  Dont tell the Norwegians).  Like most of the other small towns in the north, there are few young people due to the distances involved going to school and the lack of much to do.  Most leave but a few move back later in life.
During the evening, we were treated to a nice HHS dinner and the awards banquet.  There were a couple of very nice tributes to Paavos efforts.   We all thanked Puavo, Jussi, Vesa, and Risto for their efforts in helping us all complete a safe and successful journey.   A very nice way to end HHS.

Jeff

PS. Puavo and Jussi are making plans now for HHS2019.  Contact them if you are interested.
#HHS2017, #kokomatka

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Hiihtäen Halki Suomen / Skiing Through Finland / HHS lisäsi 12 kuvaa ja videon.

--HIIHTOPAIVA 33 - THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017
ROUTE: NUROGAM TO ARCTIC OCEAN
LATITUDE: NUORGAM 70.4N
DISTANCE: 70K
ACCOMODATIONS: NUIRGAMIN LOMAKESKUS
TEMPERATURE: -0C
WINDS: SOUTH 2MS
SECTION 3 - 717K
TOTAL SECTIONS 1,2,3 - 1786K

More photos and videos from the Beach!

Jeff

PS. Puavo and Jussi are making plans now for HHS2019. Contact them if you are interested.
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--HIIHTOPAIVA 33 - THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017
ROUTE: NUROGAM TO ARCTIC OCEAN
LATITUDE: NUORGAM 70.4N
DISTANCE: 70K
ACCOMODATIONS: NUIRGAMIN LOMAKESKUS
TEMPERATURE:  -0C
WINDS:  SOUTH 2MS
SECTION 3 - 717K
TOTAL SECTIONS 1,2,3 - 1786K

More photos and videos from the Beach!

Jeff

PS. Puavo and Jussi are making plans now for HHS2019.  Contact them if you are interested.
#HHS2017, #kokomatka

Hiihtäen Halki Suomen / Skiing Through Finland / HHS lisäsi 4 kuvaa ja 11 videota.

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HIITOPAIVA 32 - WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017
ROUTE: SEVETTIJARVI TO NUORGAM - 70.4N
DISTANCE: 82K
ACCOMMODATIONS: NUORGAM HOLIDAY VILLAGE www.visitnuorgam.fi
TEMPERATURE: 0C
WINDS:WESTERLY 4m/SEC

The weather for the "big" day really began the prior evening as it lightly snowed all night presenting the morning skiers with around 4" of new snow. I'm not sure if the temperatures ever reached the -0C range. When I got up around 5AM I thought it was raining a little also. The predicted high winds never materialized but we did seem to have a constant 4-5m/s westerly wind hitting us constantly. It could have been worse! Incidentally, the owner of the guesthouse in Nuorgam told me that in Lapland, even when the weather is "worse" it can get a lot worse!
So, weather was on the OK side all day. The sun never came out but that was OK since the snow would have gotten wetter and slower than it already was.
Puavo and the Toni driving the groomer led the first group out at 6:10AM. Our last group consisting of Jorma, Lars, Tor Erik, Ketil and me started around 7:20AM. I don't care how good the weather is, 82K is a long day and I expected to be out for a long ten hours. Making it even more taxing is the fact that I, and most of the others, used some kind of waxless skis which may "kick" well but not glide like a waxed ski. And, we are not exactly skiing in an immaculately groomed ski center track either. It's an 82K snowmobile trail tracked once by our groomer. Add it all up and you get a lot of effort expended by the end of the ski day.
Puavo told us that our service car would not be meeting us anywhere as in some previous years so we had to carry with us all of our food and drink. I took along four ham, cheese, and egg sandwiches, two 20 OZ thermos of warm juice, and three candy bars (1 Snickers and 2 Kismets).
I think that the 82K can be broken down as follows:
10K over lakes and woods, 30K climb to the tundra plateau, 25K descent to an 8K lake crossing, 7K climb to ridge over looking Nuorgam, 2K very steep descent to Nuorgam and our guesthouse on the Tana River.
Due to the heavy snow our track was never blown in and we were able to ski somewhat easily (relative term) and enjoy the tundra scenery. At this latitude and environment the only trees are what I would call "scrawny" birch trees which do have a name in Finnish translated as "tortured birch trees". Adding to the torture is some kind of larval infection which I suppose adds to their pain. As all of us skied in our small groups the K's clicked by slowly but surely. I was enjoying the fact that I had made it past the 60K mark and could see the "light (or the sauna and beer) at the end of the tunnel" when my pole broke in half for no apparent reason other than I must have offended the reindeer gods at some point. With only one pole and 20K to go my greatest wish was for one of our snowmobile drivers to miraculously show up and either hand me a new pole or give me a ride to Nuorgam. A miracle would not take place. Though somewhat unhappy, to say the least, I soldiered on and managed to complete the ascent to the ridge above Nuorgam. It was nice when Tiina showed up too and we were able to share a couple of photo ops and laughs about the day's trek through one of the world's true wilderness areas.
All of our HHS skiers were certainly glad to get through Day 32 and most agreed it was another good Hiitopaiva. Our destination guesthouse is definitely one of the nicer places in town and caters to the fisherman who come to fish one of the premier salmon rivers in Europe. Nurogam bills itself as the highest town in the European Union. The population is around 100 people.
Tomorrow is another 70K day as we reach our destination, a rocky beach on the Barents Sea.
Jeff. #HHS2017, #kokomatka
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6.4.2017 Nuorgam - Jäämeren ranta/Langnes Gavesluokta 69 km, aamulla karkea vesikeli
Aamu alkoi usvaisessa ja meitä valkoisuudessaan ympäröivässä miljöössä. Näimme kuitenkin ympärillämme olevat valkoiset tunturit, joissa koivut antoivat valkeaan mustan ja harmaan sävyisiä läikkiä. Tunnelma oli määrätietoinen; hiihdimme yhdessä hiihtomme päätepisteeseen. Jokaisella oli varmaankin päässään omia ajatuksia, joita on vaikea kertoa hiihtokaverillekkaan ääneen. Ajatukset saattoivat olla arkisia: menenkö uimaan rantaan päästyäni? Hiihdänkö yksipotkuista vai pukkaanko eteenpäin tasatyönnöillä? Ylevämmillekkin ajatuksille löytyi tilaa rajattomasti.
Aurinko pilkahteli Teno-joen osuudella ajoittain, satoi myös lunta. Ihmeellisintä oli, että sinistä taivasta näkyi, kun olimme rannalla. Kiitos auringolle!
Sain viettää ainutlaatuisen, mieleenpainuvan ja lämminhenkisen syntymäpäivän samanhenkisten, urheiden, auttavaisten HHS-hiihtäjien vierellä. Tämä oli minun upein syntymäpäiväjuhla, jota kesti yli 33 päivää. Suomen luonto oli juhla-areenana.
Kiitos kanssahiihtäjille upeista kilometreistä.
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6.4.2017 Nuorgam - Jäämeren ranta/Langnes Gavesluokta 69 km, aamulla karkea vesikeli
Aamu alkoi usvaisessa ja meitä valkoisuudessaan ympäröivässä miljöössä. Näimme kuitenkin ympärillämme olevat valkoiset tunturit, joissa koivut antoivat valkeaan mustan ja harmaan sävyisiä läikkiä. Tunnelma oli määrätietoinen; hiihdimme yhdessä hiihtomme päätepisteeseen. Jokaisella oli varmaankin päässään omia ajatuksia, joita on vaikea kertoa hiihtokaverillekkaan ääneen. Ajatukset saattoivat olla arkisia: menenkö uimaan rantaan päästyäni? Hiihdänkö yksipotkuista vai pukkaanko eteenpäin tasatyönnöillä? Ylevämmillekkin ajatuksille löytyi tilaa rajattomasti.
Aurinko pilkahteli Teno-joen osuudella ajoittain, satoi myös lunta. Ihmeellisintä oli, että sinistä taivasta näkyi, kun olimme rannalla. Kiitos auringolle!
Sain viettää ainutlaatuisen, mieleenpainuvan ja lämminhenkisen syntymäpäivän samanhenkisten, urheiden, auttavaisten HHS-hiihtäjien vierellä. Tämä oli minun upein syntymäpäiväjuhla, jota kesti yli 33 päivää. Suomen luonto oli juhla-areenana.
Kiitos kanssahiihtäjille upeista kilometreistä.
Kaki#HHS2017,#kokomatka

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5.4.2017 Sevettijärvi - Nuorgam 82 km, nollakeli aamulla
Jo illalla alkoi lumisade ja se jatkui vielä aamuyöstä, kun heräsimme neljän jälkeen. Ulkohyyskään kulkiessani kuulin jonkun hinkkaavan suksia mökin terassilla. Toisen näin hämärissä suorittavan koehiihtoa suksikalustollaan. Voi tätä hiihtäjän elämää!
Hiihtämään ensimmäiset lähtivät klo 6.10.
Kaldoaivin ylitys on aina yhtä avaruudellinen ja Pulmankijärven näkeminen sykähdyttää.
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5.4.2017 Sevettijärvi - Nuorgam 82 km, nollakeli aamulla
Jo illalla alkoi lumisade ja se jatkui vielä aamuyöstä, kun heräsimme neljän jälkeen. Ulkohyyskään kulkiessani kuulin jonkun hinkkaavan suksia mökin terassilla. Toisen näin hämärissä suorittavan koehiihtoa suksikalustollaan. Voi tätä hiihtäjän elämää!
Hiihtämään ensimmäiset lähtivät klo 6.10.
Kaldoaivin ylitys on aina yhtä avaruudellinen ja Pulmankijärven näkeminen sykähdyttää.
Kuvat kertovat.
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4.4.2017 Partakko - Sevettijärvi 52 km, aamulla +6 astetta
Jokijärvi -ketjua pitkin hiihtoa. Välillä makkaranpaistoon ja nokipannukahville huoltojoukkojen huolella tekemälle taukopaikalle.
Koimme jälleen mukavan hiihtopäivän, vaikka Sevettijärven baari olikin sulkenut ovensa. NYYYYHH!
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4.4.2017 Partakko - Sevettijärvi 52 km, aamulla +6 astetta
Jokijärvi -ketjua pitkin hiihtoa. Välillä makkaranpaistoon ja nokipannukahville huoltojoukkojen huolella tekemälle taukopaikalle.
Koimme jälleen mukavan hiihtopäivän, vaikka Sevettijärven baari olikin sulkenut ovensa. NYYYYHH!
Kaki#HHS2017,#kokomatka

Hiihtäen Halki Suomen / Skiing Through Finland / HHS lisäsi 6 kuvaa ja 8 videota.

--HIITOPAIVA 30 - MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
ROUTE: UKONJARVI TO PARTAKKO
DISTANCE: 58
ACCOMMODATIONS: UKONJARVI HOLIDAY VILLAGE www.ukolo.fi
TEMPERATURE: +3C NOON
WINDS: SOUTH 6m/SEC

A cross-country skier normally doesn't hear 60K and "easy day" in the same sentence. But, there's always a first time. Hiitopaiva 30 was an easy 60K day. Why? Continuous tailwinds at 6m/s or so, slightly -0C temperatures, a northerly course, sun, and the promise of a sausage roast at 45K all combined for a perfect ski day. You never know about the weather conditions this far north. A few days ago the forecast here was for 10m/sec headwinds and five days ago Jussi''s Leg 3 group faced a tough day on this lake. HHS2017 has three days to go and it looks like we'll see +0 temperatures and maybe even some rain. Tomorrow we will again have tailwinds and Wednesday side winds.
This morning the first group started at 7:10 and skiers followed as they saw fit. The plan was for everyone to make it to the 45K sausage cookout site by noon. And, they did! Vesa and our rear snowmobile driver towed a sledge with everything needed for cooking Finnish sausages including firewood, skewers, coffee, mustard, etc..
The Finnish method of sausage eating is:
1. Buy some precooked large sausages. I'd like to read the ingredients in these things but it's probably best that I can't read Finnish.
2. Put them on a stick
3. Heat them over the fire until they split open
4. Take off stick. Hold in a napkin. (No bread or roll!) Cover with sweet brown mustard.
5. Eat
I did violate this sacred order today by bringing bread and cheese and making a sort of a giant cheese dog. It was so good I may do it again tomorrow when we have our third and last sausage cookout.

After sausages, it was only an easy 13k of double poling to our bus pickup at 3:00. The bus returned us 90K to our guesthouse in Ukonjarvi. Tomorrow we go back to where we finished today in order to ski 50K and prepare for the famous 82K second last day. Jeff #HHS2017, ##kokomatka
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--HIITOPAIVA 30 - MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
ROUTE: UKONJARVI TO PARTAKKO
DISTANCE: 58
ACCOMMODATIONS:  UKONJARVI HOLIDAY VILLAGE www.ukolo.fi
TEMPERATURE: +3C NOON
WINDS: SOUTH 6m/SEC

A cross-country skier normally doesnt hear 60K and easy day in the same sentence.   But, theres always a first time.  Hiitopaiva 30 was an easy 60K day. Why? Continuous tailwinds at 6m/s or so, slightly -0C temperatures, a northerly course,  sun, and the promise of a sausage roast at 45K all combined for a perfect ski day.  You never know about the weather conditions this far north.   A few days ago the forecast here was for 10m/sec headwinds and five days ago Jussis Leg 3 group faced a tough day on this lake.  HHS2017 has three days to go and it looks like well see +0 temperatures and maybe even some rain.   Tomorrow we will again have tailwinds and Wednesday side winds.   
This morning the first group started at 7:10 and skiers followed as they saw fit.   The plan was for everyone to make it to the 45K sausage cookout site by noon.  And, they did!  Vesa and our rear snowmobile driver towed a sledge with everything needed for cooking Finnish sausages including firewood, skewers, coffee, mustard, etc..
The Finnish method of sausage eating is:
1. Buy some precooked large sausages.  Id like to read the ingredients in these things but its probably best that I cant read Finnish.
2. Put them on a stick
3. Heat them over the fire until they split open
4. Take off stick.  Hold in a napkin.  (No bread or roll!) Cover with sweet brown mustard.
5. Eat
I did violate this sacred order today by bringing bread and cheese and making a sort of a giant cheese dog.  It was so good I may do it again tomorrow when we have our third and last sausage cookout. 

After sausages, it was only an easy 13k of double poling to our bus pickup at 3:00.  The bus returned us 90K to our guesthouse in Ukonjarvi.   Tomorrow we go back to where we finished today in order to ski 50K and prepare for the famous 82K second last day. Jeff #HHS2017, ##kokomatka

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HIITOPAIVA 31 - TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017
ROUTE: PARTAKKO TO SEVETTIIJARVI
DISTANCE: 50
ACCOMMODATIONS: GUESTHOUSE AT SEVETTIJARVI
LATITUDE 69.30N, LONGITUDE 28.35E. ELEVATION 340FT
TEMPERATURE: +5C ALL DAY
WINDS: WEST 3M/S

Yesterday at this time we were expecting today to be another south wind day with maybe +0C temperatures by noon. But, up here you never know about the weather and when we awoke at 6:30AM in Ukonjarvi it was already +4C and the winds had shifted to the west. It was to be a wet day on the trail. Fortunately for us the sun never came out so it was not as wet as it could have been.
The schedule for Day 31 was to be onboard the bus at 8AM for the 90K ride back to Partakko where we ended yesterday after the ski across Inarijarvi. By the time we started at 9:20AM I think it was +5C or 41F. The faster skiers were allowed to start at the head of the group and basically followed the groomer with Toni and Puavo all the way to Sevettjarvi. (Except for the sausage cookout at 25K!) Ketil, Jorma, Tor Erik, and I arrived here around 2PM and immediately had a welcoming warm bowl of soup and a coffee or two. The ski day did not turn out as bad as we had been worried about as the snow was just wet enough to provide a firm track but not too wet. It was a little slow but as the Finns say "it could have been worse".
We are in a very rural area at a high latitude. There are only two trees that grow here, a pine and a birch. Tomorrow on the plateau we will see only birch trees and small ones at that.
Below is an excerpt from "Lonely Planet" about the town or area we are currently in:
The road east from Kaamanen heads along the shore of spectacularly beautiful Inarijärvi to the village of Sevettijärvi (Skolt Sámi: Ce’vetjäu’rr), in the far northeast of Finland. It’s a remote area that merits exploration.
Sevettijärvi is a major village of the Skolt Sámi, who resettled here when Finland was forced to cede the Petsamo area to the USSR in 1944. About 300 Skolt live in and around Sevettijärvi, which has a church (Orthodox, as the Skolt were evangelised by the Russians back in the 15th century), a shop and bar (Sevetin Baari), and a school, whose dozen-odd pupils are taught in the Skolt language. There’s also Kolttien Perinnetalo, a delightful little museum with photos, crafts and explanations of the poignant Skolt history.
Sevettijärvi’s namesake lake offers good fishing, as does the Näätämöjoki and, of course, Inarijärvi. Sevettijärvi also has some excellent, remote, long-distance hiking trails.

Tomorrow is the BIG day as far as everyone is concerned. We ski 82K or 50 miles to Nurogam on the border of Norway. It's sort of 40K up to a barren plateau and then 20K down to a lake that we will cross. Then it's 7K up over a ridge to Nurogam to ski our last day down the Tanna River to the sea. 82K is 11 hours of skiing. Weather will be +0 and it is suppose to snow tonite. Winds will be from the west all day at more than 4m/s. Day 32 will be a tough day.
Jeff
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