The weather here has made quite dramatic change. The snowy January is gone and currently the days are on plus degrees. Not a typical February! Last night was warmest for 60 years (for the time of year) in some parts of Finland. The snow has melted a lot, we still have a lot but I think the amount has decreased to half. I really hope this ain´t the end of the winter but it looks bad since warm weather is promised to last until the beginning of March. And the southern part of Finland is now full of melting snow and water, Helsinki has had a lot of problems with that since they had even more snow than we had here in the middle Finland.
One week to school´s winter holiday left when we get to go north, hopefully there will be colder, keeping my fingers crossed!
But let´s write about something less depressive than melting snow. I chose few pictures here from a waterfall which we have visited many times. It´s called Hepoköngäs and it is one of the biggest waterfalls in natural state in Finland when measured in fall hight. Even thought it doesn’t really look big in my pictures.. Photos are taken in summer time and the water level was quite low. The dropping high is about 24 meter´s straight down.We have visited it in autumn also when more water was running but I couldn´t find those pics anywhere. Hepoköngäs is located in Puolanka municipality in Kainuu region.
A nature path (very well taken care of) goes to the area and I think the path up to the waterfall can also be reached by a wheelchair. The path is 1,4 km in total. At the top there´s a lean-to where you can make a fire and there are also toilets. The forest around the river is mostly in natural kind of bruce forest, it´s nature conservation area. You can walk down the hill to down side of the waterfall and when the water is running more than in this picture´s you’ll get nice mist to you face from the dropping water.
Last time we were in the area we also visited this nice sightseeing tower on the top of a hill between the area of Ukko-Halla skiing resort and Paljakka nature reserve. I just can´t remember the name of the hill, we just saw a sign when driving the road from Ukko-Halla towards Paljakka last summer and stopped by. I´m not too keen on high places and this tower was pretty big for a wooden one.. But it was worth the climb, the view was beautiful to surrounding forested hills, typical for Kainuu region. And the short path to the tower went through a really pretty forest. Another example that you can find beautiful places that you had no idea about but when you just travel with time and patience and depart from your original route.