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- Elevation profile
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Harri Petteri Karjalainen
2 days ago
Päivän menoa. ... See MoreSee Less
22.3.2019 Soivio - Kuusamo
Yöllä satoi lunta. Päivällä paistoi aurinko. ... See MoreSee Less
21.3.2019 Hossa - Soivio
Meistä hiihtäjistä varoitetaan merkein. Meitä hiihtäjiä varoitetaan myös ladun varteen vesurilla isketyillä merkeillä. Vaaran paikkoja ovat mm lumettomat sillat, äkkimutkat, autotiet, jyrkkä tai kuoppainen alamäki sekä Suomen luonnon villieläinten kohtaaminen kuten leijonan. Vielä ei ole julkaistu merkkiä suklaata "varastavasta" hiihtäjästä. Pidä eväistäsi kiinni! ... See MoreSee Less
Kamppeiden ja infolappujen kuivausta ... See MoreSee Less
20.3.2019 Jatkonsalmen savottakämpällä Urho Kekkosen piilopirtillä. ... See MoreSee Less
--HIIHTOPAIVA 20 - FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2019
ROUTE: KALLIOLUOMA TO KUUSAMO (END OF SECTION 2)
LATITUDE: KUUSAMO - 65.59N
ACCOMODATIONS: KUUSAMON TROPIKKI SPA HOTEL
TEMPERATURE: -1C OR SO, SUNNY
WINDS: NORTH AT 12-14 M/SEC
TOTAL OF SECTION 2 - 648K
TOTAL OF SECTION 1 AND 2 - 1069K
SKI SELECTION: SKINS
STARTING TIME: 9:00AM
FINISHING TIME: 3:10PM
SPA RATING: 10/10
SAUNA BEER: AURA BOCK
The ski to Kuusamo today should have been an "easy day" given the 50K distance. I even read the weather forecast incorrectly and was pretty sure of strong southerly winds making the day easier yet. However, I looked at the forecast for the wrong day! 6-7M/S winds from the north today made the 18K's of lake crossing somewhat challenging (read WINDY). Fortunately the morning's stronger winds subsided somewhat to the 5-6M/S by our afternoon's time on the lakes. Skiing in these winds on open areas such as lakes and swamps usually causes the track to blow in pretty quickly. This was especially true today given the fresh snow that fell last evening. But, as the Finns say, "it could always be worse". After all, the sun was out and it could have been windier, colder, or raining. Our skiers basically just stayed as close as possible behind the two groomers completing the lakes and skiing onto the Kuusamo municipal ski track a little before 2PM. Kuusamo has over 300K of groomed trails. I'm not sure how far the hotel was but it was probably 15K to the other side of Kuusamo and the hotel. The Spa Hotel features a pool, massages, nice bars and restaurants, and other amenities making it a popular local hangout.
Now that Section 2 is completed Section 3 starts tomorrow with 13 days of skiing left to the sea. At orientation this evening we said goodbye to six of our skiers and hello to around seven. I'll miss the people I've spent the last couple of weeks getting to know but look forward to the new skiers and their stories.
Tomorrow is a 57K (or 45K) day skiing to the Ruka ski center on a prepared trail. Our Ruka track features a big tunturri climb and great views. Tomorrow evening we'll be at a church camp in Kayla.
Jeff ... See MoreSee Less
Lanko mies olis halunnut katsoa Paavon uusia sukkia, mutta kuva katosi.........kesken kaiken !
Kaarle Viikate/Elias Susi tuotti tasokasta tekstiä. ... See MoreSee Less
Tune: Pohjoista viljaa 😄
19.3.2019 Arolan savusauna ja notkuvan ruokapöydän antimet palauttavat hiihtäjät jälleen hiihtokuntoon. ... See MoreSee Less
Tuhannet kiitokset käynnistä
Paavo vaihtoi puhtaat sukat. Kiitos kaikkien puolesta. Juhlan paikka. ... See MoreSee Less
Cheering on Kaisa Makarainen in Oslo IBU World Cup
Jussi I about to send the drone up over us
Around 13K on Thursday with Upe
Jussi T and I take over snowmobile duties from Juusi I ... See MoreSee Less
--HIIHTOPAIVA 18 - WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2019
ROUTE: AROLA TO HOSSA
LATITUDE: HOSSA 65.13N, 29.27E, ELEVATION 720FT
MY START TIME:9:50AM
FINISH TIME: 2:10PM
ACCOMMODATIONS: JATKONSAUMEN KÄMPPÄKARTANO (FORMER FORESTRY WORKERS BUNKHOUSE NOW A GUESTHOUSE)
SAUNA RATING: 9/10 (ONLY THING MISSING IS WOOD STOVE)
DINNER: REINDEER/MASHED POTATOES/LINGONBERRIES
Temperatures have finally fallen below 0C at night giving us a fast glazed trail for most of today's ski day. The entire day was on a snowmobile route (not quite since the last 4K was on an icy road leading to our accommodation) with the typical swamp and rolling forested terrain we ski through every day. A sort of highlight was seeing other skiers out on the trail. I think there were two or three groups doing various routes and composed of a variety of nationalities. It was nice chatting with other people out on the trail and they were all surprised when I told them about our journey.
Tomorrow is another 50K day followed by Friday's 56K ski to Kuusamo, a spa hotel, a massage, and hotel tap beer. Kuusamo ends Section 2 of HHS and a change in the skier line-up. After Kuusamo it's just another 13 days to the Arctic Ocean.
This morning we had a great Karelian breakfast cooked by our host Helena and her daughter-in-law before heading out the door around 9:40AM. The first group started at 8:00AM. Most of the first part of the day was spent skiing along the border zone through swamps and forests. Later on we climbed up and down some ridges and across a number of small lakes and swamp areas. Around 7K from here we had some BIG ups and downs on snowmobile trails and then the final 4K road ski to our accommodation.
JATKONSAUMEN KÄMPPÄKARTANO caters to dog sled teams, hiking, hunting and other outdoor activities and is adjacent to Finland's newest national park. It used to serve as a bunkhouse for forestry workers when this area was completely logged off to pay Soviet war reparations after WWII. At the orientation tonight we also learned that the former President of Finland, Urho Kekkonen, spent some time here. He was President for 30 years from 1956 - 1986.
Tomorrow will be 45 or 51K depending on where we want to start. The first 5 or 6 K does not count as we've already skied that part today in order to get to our hotel. Jeff ... See MoreSee Less
It was lovely to meet you
Hiihtäen Halki Suomen / Skiing Through Finland / HHS Hiihtäen Halki Suomen / Skiing Through Finland / HHS on käyttäjän Jeff Loss seurassa.
4 days ago
Lauri and Jeff at the half way point
Day 16's accomodation
Orientation on evening of Day 17 in Arola
Diane shoveling the entry to the Finnish Border Guard Museum ... See MoreSee Less
Only 900 k left🤔
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