XI HHS 2019 tapahtuman ennakkoilmoittauminen on avattu.

Ennakkoilmoittaudu IX HHS 2019 tapahtumaan

Ennakkoilmoittautumistilanne kartalla

HHS 2017 kokomatka

Ennakkoilmoittaumistilanne 4.10.2017
- Ennakkoilmoittautuneiden kokonaismäärä 22 hiihtäjää
- Virolahti - Jäämeri 10 hiihtäjää
- Ilomantsi - Jäämeri 2 hiihtäjää
- Ilomantsi - Kuusamo 1 hiihtäjä
- Kuusamo - Jäämeri 9 hiihtäjää
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Pre-Registration situation 4.10.2017
Total count 22 pre-registered skiers
- Virolahti to Arctic Ocean 10 skiers
- Ilomantsi to Kuusamo 1 skier
- lomantsi to Arctic Ocean 2 skiers
- Kuusamo to Arctic Ocean 9 skiers
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HHS 2019 preregistration will be opened soon! We will inform this on Facebook and on our web site. #HHS2017, #kokomatka, #IIIosuus ... See MoreSee Less

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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 / HHSYes. We missed you. Hope you are feeling better and look forward to skiing with you again someday.

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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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Jeff VincentAwesome that you found the energy to post!

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Lauri HuhtiI would call the birches vaivaiskoivu or tunturikoivu

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Hiihtäen Halki Suomen / Skiing Through Finland / HHS lisäsi 31 uutta kuvaa.

Täydellinen päivä: Kohti Jäämerta ja Jäämeren tunnelmissa
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Täydellinen päivä: Kohti Jäämerta ja Jäämeren tunnelmissa
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