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Valtavaara is a fell on the northeast of Rukatunturi. Its height is 492 m. Valtavaara is one of the most highest point in Northern Ostrobothnia. It’s part of the Valtavaara-Pyhävaara nature reserve. The most famous hiking trail in Finland, Karhunkierros, runs through Valtavaara.
“Valta“ mean “Power“ and “Vaara“ is a “Hill”
Valtavaara = Powerful hill or Hill of power (?)

Last day of March 2019,  I took my snowshoes and I walked the whole Valtavaara. It suppose to have a trail (Karhunkierros + Winter trail), but because nobody does it during winter, the Karhunkierros trail was invisible and landmarks under the snow. So I wander a bit in the area, orienteering in the old way with a map. The winter trail (south part) was totally visible and I saw some hikers, but I was totally alone during the first 5km.
I started from “Konttainen“ parking area and I walked until “Rukanportti“. I followed the (supposed) track most of the time but near the end, I went totally and voluntary out of it to find a better passage to reach Ruka.
The whole hike was about 12km, perfect for a day hike.

Here’s (more or less) what I’ve done:

>> Start from Konttainen parking area

>> +1km and first view of Konttainen hill

>> Arriving to Suolampi laavu… covered by snow.

>> First break at +3km and enjoying the north view

>> Somewhere in the middle…

>> Valtavaara Kota from far away…

>> What a scenery!

>> Just impossible without snowshoes!

>> Valtavaara Kota!

>> Guestbook checked from the kota!

>> Ruka is not far away now!

>> “Jenga“ fire (for 1h) and melting snow in Valtavaaranlampi.

>> Coffee…

>> What else?

>> A Siberian jay came to play 🙂

>> Time to shortcut into the woods out of track 😉

>> Somewhere in the forest near Yli-Pessari.

>> Above Talvijärvi

>> Talvijärvi after a big downhill.

Then I just crossed the lake en that was the end of the hike.
Something like 4h walk and 1h break in total, nice and easy!

Since Im in Finland, I noticed some differences with France. Some are fun, some are weird, some are cute.
So here’s a little comparison game with pictures :p

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To be continued…

PS: Of course Finland is the best XD

[Canada]
Nous sommes en aout 2008, cela fait donc 10 ans que j’ai fais mon premier vrai voyage, celui qui à tout déclenché. C’était mon premier gros road trip à l’arrache (au delà de 2000km j’entends), la première grande aventure, en 2008 (à 25 ans), avec deux potes :
Traverser le Canada en bus en s’arrêtant un peu partout en 2-3 semaines, aller-retour.
10200km et 145h de bus…
Les smartphone arrivaient à peine et coutaient un bras, donc photo d’APN, à l’ancienne 😉

Difficile de visualiser un long trajet en bus en 2008 pour les nouvelles générations alors pour donner l’idée :
La 3G était balbutiante, le wifi était rare, Facebook venait de naître… la belle époque des voyages avec un livre.

Voilà le carnet de voyage que j’avait bricolé à l’époque (avec plein de fautes, désolé) et qui raconte tout le trip en détail, donc petit retour sur le moment ou j’ai commencé à être pris dans la spirale du voyage, comme quoi il suffit de “pas grand chose” ! Ca m’a permis de réaliser que le monde n’est pas si grand en fait, car quand on voyage au sol, on prends nettement plus conscience des distances :
10200km c’est la distance qui sépare Londres de Vladivostok.