|SYÖTE NATIONAL PARK|
I find it amazing, that it is possible to ski on a well-maintained track through ancient forests and hills with crown snow loaded trees. We are lucky to live so near to Syöte. It is only half or one hour's drive by car - depending on what part of the National Park we are going to.
We skied in Syöte on Thursday. Our boys went downhill skiing. They rented skies and bough tickets for whole afternoon. It costed almost 80 euros each, but to see their joy, when they headed to the free-ride park, was worth every penny.
Me and Markku skied with Miilu and Mora on the cross-country tracks. Using them costs nothing. We had packed our own lunch to our backpacks at home, so we needed no money for the best day of the week.
The tracks were in very good condition, even if the weather was a little too warm. There were many people skiing near the Center, but the further you go, the less people you see.
We started from Nature Center and skied first 9 km to Toraslampi. There we grilled some sausage by open fire and made lunch. As expected in the daylight, we didn't meet the ghost from last year.
Then we skied from 7 km to Ahmatupa-cabin. It was a little over three o'clock, so the coffee shop had just closed, but we had some nice blueberry-soup with us. We had a bit of chocolate and nuts and looked at the map. We decided to take a track around Ahmavaara we had never used before. It was a 9 km track with overwhelming views that took us back to Nature center.
Totally we made 25 kilometers. It was the best day of my winter-holiday. And it was so easy to mind the dogs and gear in our new car! It will be a nice little camper (and perhaps worth a post) when it's finished.
To end the day we drove up to the top and had a cup of coffee in the hotel. From there we could see all the places we went today. The scenery was turning blue as evening arrived. Bye bye and thank you Syöte, hope to see you soon again!