Over the Edge

Over the Edge

A trip home to the UK and a trip to one of my favourite places, The Lake District.

The view from Sharp Edge on the way up Blen Cathra, not long before the photograph was taken I was swimming in Scales Tarn seen below. Sharp Edge is known for its dangerous ascent especially around the area called the Bad Step where the ridge ends and the scramble begins.

More photographs from my time in the Lake District are coming to my Instagram.

Repovesi National Park

Repovesi National Park is a few hours drive from Helsinki but worth the trip if time allows. For a day trip I would recommend the Ketunlenkki Trail, a 5km circuit that takes in some of the best spots in the park. and the route that I took.

Repovesi National Park

After leaving the car park the Ketunlenkki or fox trail takes a short walk around the edge of the lake before the trail climbs to the impressive Lapinsalmi suspension bridge which links the east and west banks.

Repovesi National Park

Repovesi National Park

Repovesi National Park

Repovesi National Park

Steps lead to the top of Katajavuori hill where there are great views over the surrounding lakes and forest. Make sure to climb the last flight which takes you above the trees and to the cliff edge for the best views.

Repovesi National Park

Repovesi National Park

Repovesi National Park

Approximately halfway around there is Kapiavesi rest area, prefect for a picnic and equipped with a fire pit for grilling sausage. As it was a hot day we took the opportunity to jump off the jetty and take a swim in the lake.

Repovesi National Park

Repovesi National Park

The trail is easy to follow and marked with an orange marker all the way round, some have even been made into a smiling face.

Repovesi National Park

The fox ferry is a small hand operated ferry that connects the last water crossing. It’s a short distance but the ferry requires a little effort to get it moving across the lake to the other side. Just hope that it is on your side when you arrive.

Repovesi National Park

After the ferry it is only a short walk back to the car park where you can enjoy some refreshments at the small cafe situated there.

Repovesi National Park

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Three Nations Border Point

The Three Nations Border Point can be reached by ferry or an 11 km one way walk from Kilpisjärvi. There are a few different ways it can be reached of varying difficulty, I chose to take the ferry one way and return on the Malla Trail to Kilpisjärvi Via Pikku Malla making the total distance 16 km.

From the ferry drop off point the Three nations Border Point is an easy 3 km walk along the fenced border between Finland and Sweden. The exact point is located 10 meters into lake Goldajärvi and can be reached by following a planked walkway to where the monument has stood since 1926. The idea is that you walk around the monument and visit each country by doing so, this allows you to see it from every angle and with a different country in the background.

Three Nations Border Point

Norway, Sweden, Finland

Once leaving the border point the trail takes you through the trees and up onto the mountains. Once up the walking is fairly easy and continues with beautiful scenery over Kilpisjarvi and Saana which is unlike any I have seen elsewhere in Finland.

Would you visit or have you visited the point where three borders meet?

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The Three Nations Border Point features on my post 5 Things to do in Finnish Lapland in Summer.

Stairway to Saana

Stairway to Saana

KilpisJarvi, Finland

742 steps lead up the 1,029m tall Saana fell from KilpisJarvi in Finland. Once you have climbed one of Finland’s longest staircases you are only a third of the way to the top and magnificent views over the surrounding Finnish landscape, you can even see to Norway.

See my gallery below, Saana From Every Angle.

71° North

Nordkapp was once thought to be the northern most point of the Norwegian island Magerøya and has become the ending point for many peoples journey. But in actual fact Knivskjellodden point is further north and has become a popular walk for people trying to avoid the crowds and high entrance fees of Nordkapp.

7km south from Nordkapp is a small car park, from here it is a 9km walk one way to Knivskjellodden point at 71° 11′ 8″ North. With the parking spot being up hill it is a pleasant and easy walk down to the coast and along the point to where the monument stands. The route is one way which makes the return journey a little less exciting especially after you have reached your goal, to make matters worse it is a slow incline back to the car park that never seems to arrive.

There are many reasons to choose this walk over visiting Nordkapp but the reason I did it was because it was different and far from the usual. It does take more time and effort but once you reach the modest monument you are rewarded with beautiful views of the Norwegian coastline, the Barents Sea and the steep cliffs of Nordkapp, you may even be alone.

Enjoy my gallery of photographs taken from Knivskjellodden point and the monument, Nordkapp can be seen in the background shrouded in cloud.

What is the furthest north you have been?

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