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Island Hopping at Källviken, Finland

Discussion in 'Out and About' started by Martti, May 15, 2012.

  1. Martti

    Martti Full Member

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    I had an opportunity to visit multiple islands at Ekenäs archipelago in Southern Finland during a benthic sampling mission. One of the places I visited was Källviken Nature Reserve. The Reserve is rather small, being cornered by the Baltic Sea in east and south and a small access road in west and north sides. There's a small fountain going through the area. Being a nature reserve no camping is allowed but day visits with portable stoves are within limits.

    First of all I would like to present our ride of the day, Tvärminne Zoological Station's boat Saduria. The region was once home to the Russian Baltic Fleet and for that precise reason the waters were filled with submarine nets hold in place by huge anchors. Nobody knows how many are still left or where exactly they are located.

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    We were not alone on that day; I personally saw several cargo ships bringing or fetching cargo from nearby steel factory and several Finnish Navy fast attack crafts patrolled the waters. An hour of so travelling we however arrived to the Källviken Bay of which I have attached following photograph. Sandy beaches are very uncommon site in Finland but this region is famous of them. A fountain bringing fresh water from the hills can be also seen.

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    Some nature sights from the landing beach.

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    My current issue Finnish Defence Forces' plastic canteen.

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    There some hiking paths leading from the beach to the mainland. They are quite narrow and steep so one must be naturally careful. Also in many parts pine tree roots are explosed due of erosion.

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    Time to eat! My Swedish cutlery set.

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    More will follow if you wish so!
     
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  2. Harvestman

    Harvestman Bushcrafter through and through

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    That looks a wonderful place. Excellent pictures too. More please!
     
  3. Dreadhead

    Dreadhead Bushcrafter through and through

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    nice pictures looks great, more please! :D
     
  4. Martti

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    Stone picnic table and a chair made by the first bushcrafters a hundred years ago.

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    This is how it generally looks like outside the trails in Southern Finland, Källviken was no exception to the rule.

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    To give some idea of the archipelago, I finish my post to this photograph.

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    Very nice ,,,

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  6. RonW

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    Looks very good, Martti!
     
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    Martti, great pics; thanks for sharing. )
     
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    Lovely. I went to Finland last year and stayed in Tampere. Lovely place!
     
  10. Martti

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    I forgot to write about the weather on my opening post. The sandy beach looks promising from a distance but it was only around 10°C, 50°F, and wind was blowing from the Baltic Sea. Although there's no snow left in Southern Finland there's plenty to go around if you travel to Lapland. These waters are home to many White-tailed Eagle and Ospreys but I did not managed to see any, many of their nests though.
     
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    Nice photos Martti, thanks for sharing. :)
     
  12. Martti

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    Some other photographs from a nearby island with a great bay suitable for landing.

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    Heaven, well for me.
     

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