Last days of March… and spring was nowhere to be found. Grey landscapes of Helsinki and Espoo were starting to bore and depress me. It’s like weather got stuck somewhere in the middle – between winter and spring. It was snowing almost every day, and in the evenings snow was turning into slippery mud. So, I was more than happy to leave Southern Finland and spend Easter in Kaipola, Central Finland.
We were really lucky with the weather here. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and everything was covered with white snowy blanket. It was a dream! And looking at the “fairytailish” countryside, I felt like a child once again. I was ready to jump around like a crazy cricket and make the snow angels and roll around in the snow. That’s how excited I was to see the real winter.
We didn’t have any plans for the Easter… well, except typical “activities” like oversleeping, eating a lot of good food, playing board games and going to sauna. But since the weather was so nice I decided to spend some time also outside.
Not far from the house where my mother-in-law lives is the place called Pitkävuori. Which means “long hill’’ or “long mountain”. On top of that hill is located an old ski jumping hill. It was built in 1964 and was in use for almost thirty years. After a larger ski resort – Himos – was completed, Pitkävuori was abandoned. And that’s how it looks now:
Some of you might have seen it in 2005 Audi Quattro campaign. You can check out that video here.
As for me… I come here to enjoy the peace and quiet. Even though I always loved nature, I learned to respect and appreciate it only after I moved to Finland. Yes, Finland has changed me. And words “unity with Mother Nature” are not just stilted words, they turned out to be something important, something meaningful. They became a part of who I am.
I love to walk in the forest for hours, love to listen to the birds sing and love to watch the sunsets. And Pitkävuori is one of the places in Kaipola where I can do all of those things.
Moments like this make me realize how much I love Finland:
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We also visited Himos – ski resort which I have mentioned earlier.
Skiing is a popular activity in Finland, that is why Himos is always pretty crowded.
Himos is the most famous ski resort in Central Finland and one of the closest for those, who live in the Southern part of the country. First ski slopes were opened in 1984. Highest altitude difference in the slopes is 151 meters.
More information (including prices) you can find on their webpage.
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And last but not least place that we have visited was the Hirvikartano – the Moose Manor. It is situated in the middle of the forest, not far from Himos.
Hirvikartano is a cozy restaurant that makes you feel like you have travelled to the past, time when life was simpler, and food was richer in flavors and tastier.
They also have a mini petting zoo… of some sort. You can see the moose and reindeers here, pet them and feed them. I know that many might think petting zoo is only for children but trust me – it’s not. Have you ever petted a moose?
Have you ever fed a reindeer?
Well, I have. And it was fun!
Hope you enjoyed it!