Finland – Ruka

Finland – Ruka

Date: 25 January 2018

Distance: 8 miles

Today was a big day out to the ski resort. I don’t downhill ski and today didn’t seem the time to learn but there was a walking trail, so I brought my snowshoes with me and off I went.

There was something rather disconcerting about striding off on my own onto a trail that hadn’t been walked since the last snowfall, but I kept heading on following a line of wooden poles with green markings on them (albeit ones camouflaged in snow, just to add to the excitement of not knowing where the heck I was or where I was going!).

You can’t hear a huge amount above the sound of snowshoes stomping through the deep white stuff, but as I paused close to what I hoped was the top of a hill, a group of friendly locals appeared on their way downhill, and told me I was 200 metres away from a hut where they had left a fire burning in the hearth (sensibly, the huts here come equipped with wood piles, axes, etc). Fantastic! After pausing to catch my breath in the hut I headed back downhill, following my own tracks this time, and walked back into Ruka for a celebratory pizza.

About silkakt

I love to explore countries on foot or by bicycle. An English woman, I moved to the south of Spain in September 2020 and I have dreams of encouraging more people to discover this amazing country by walking its various Camino routes. To date, I've walked the French Camino from St Jean in France, the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon (interior route, not coastal) and the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo. I have also walked a fair few long distance trails in the UK, including all of the National Trails in England and Wales, and a couple of long walks in beautiful Scotland.
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