Finnish Lakes

I love the Finnish lakes.  They are peaceful and extensive.  We camped right next to two sets of lakes on our way down to Jyvaskyla and then further south.  The whole experience was one of tranquility despite the cold temperatures for June.

We thought that it might be busy on the campsites as the children were on their 10 week summer holiday.  But, the tradition seems to be that they don’t go away until after Midsummer’s Day and we were leaving the country on that day to head for Sweden.  So, quiet campsites and generally quiet everywhere.

More lakes and more trees!
More lakes and more trees!
The lakes in Finland are amazing!
The lakes in Finland are amazing!

Ranua Zoo, Finland

A stop in the wilderness followed by a sauna at Ranua Zoo
A stop in the wilderness followed by a sauna at Ranua Zoo
A fire hut and the gnarled birch tree near Ranua zoo
A fire hut and the gnarled birch tree near Ranua zoo

We found this stop almost by accident.  We had seen a flyer in the Arkitkum in Rovaniemi, but decided we probably would not be going anywhere near this route.  A closer look at the map and we found it would be a good route down to Jyvaskyla to see some old friends.  Searching the internet showed a campsite at the zoo.   It was brilliant.  On the edge of a forest with footpaths and a fire hut, great WiFi, a fire area and best of all a sauna.  It was not very busy and the enclosures at the zoo were very well done; all set within a forest on board walks above the forest floor.  The animals in the zoo were mostly indigenous to Finland and the Arctic.  It was cold but mostly dry so we were able to have two BBQs and sit out wrapped up in our Rohan ice pack jackets.  The campsite is open all year so we may be back one year to experience Finland in the winter snow.

Indigenous animals of Finland and the arctic region
Indigenous animals of Finland and the arctic region