Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The beginning of the week has been memorable and exciting. I arrived to Märket lighthouse island on saturday with other 5 volunteers to work and repair the old Märket lighthouse. Very next morning Kristina Brahe cruising ship was bringing nearly 100 visitors to island and we had a busy moments to tour them and selling the products of Finnish Lighthouse Society.
The weather has been sunny and moderate wind, but the forecast promises quite a storm in the end of the week. Let's see how big waves there will be...
Friday, August 27, 2010
On a Märket island
Next week I'll be working as a voluntary worker for Finnish Lighthouse Society in Märket lighthouse island. There will be various tasks to repair the old lighthouse and to prepare for the 125th anniversary celebrity on 3rd of September.
You can follow the activities on Märket island daily bases from the Märket diary !
It's interesting to spend one week in a small skerry in a Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden.
Let the autumn storm hit the island!!!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Getting closer to "Tankar" lighthouse island
It has been rainy and cold 2 days at Baltic Sea! I have been kayaking on the northern part of Baltic Sea and visiting 5 lighthouses just in 2 days. Wind has been blowing steadily 6-10 m/s from north and east and temperature has been nice 9-14 degrees Celsius with rain showers... It seems summer is gone now.
Lighthouse "Kallan" on a tiny island at Baltic Sea
Anyhow it has been experience once again to kayak on a not so calm sea and realize own skills once again.
And lighthouse "Merikarvia"
There were beautiful details on a Yttergrund lighthouse island...
Tiny hut at the foot of the lighthouse at "Yttergrund"
Hopefully I have a chance to kayak still on this autumn at sea, wishing moderate wind and temperatures on August and September...
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Previous 2 days went fast by working voluntarily for the Young Jukola orienteering competition in Kauppi, Tampere. The actual competition was today and the result service and online control points, which I was putting up were running smoothly. Now I'm already in train on my way to U2 concert at Helsinki Stadium.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Thanks for the organizer and other participants, just great experience!
Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Sunset at the Baltic sea
End of the June and whole July have been extremely active season for me. It started with the Jukola orienteering relay competition in Hyvinkää. I was extremely satisfied with my performance on my leg. I managed to complete the orienteering track of 9,2 kms at the time of 1:34 on a demanding terrain. This was one of the best runs I have done at Jukola commpetitions :)
Fin5 orienteering week was held on Ruokolahti at the beginning of July. I was planning to run 5 days on a row, but managed to do only 4. When running on the fourth day at the forest I was hit by the branch of the tree to my right eye, which was temporarily blinded and it infected. I had to abort and seek medical aid. With the antibiotics my eye was OK after couple of days.
Just before Fin5 week, I was kayaking on the lake of Saimaa 3 days. It was amazing hot during those days and every time when reaching a new island, we had to swim. Water was exceptionally warm after long sunny and warm period. The temperature was above 30 degrees Celsius.
I'm standing at the border of Finland and Sweden
Right after the Fin5 we started our longest kayaking trip this year. One week at the Baltic Sea between Finland and Sweden. We paddled from Åland to Sweden via the Märket lighthouse island and back. During this trip we visited at 3 lighthouses: Märket, Sälskär and Understen (Sweden). One of the best experiences during this trip was to stay overnight at Märket and have the tent sauna with refreshing dip to the sea. Just wonderful trip!
Right after the Märket kayaking trip I started next kayaking trip to Porvoo and Helsinki. During 5 days I visited at 4 lighthouses: Söderskär and Tiiskeri near Porvoo and Suomenlinna and Harmaja near Helsinki. Harmaja was my 16th Finnish lighthouse to be visited by kayak. I have still lot's of lighthouse visits still to be done...
The July ended at the week of mountain biking and oienteering at Hämeenlinna and Lahti area. It was tough week with 3-4 hours exercises every day on a tough terrain. I hadn't biked too much before this week, but somehow I managed to survive it.
Happy mountain bikers after 50 km exercise at Hämeenlinna