One of the things that make trekking great, besides the beauty of the nature, are the people you meet by the campfires. People from very different background and places but with something common joining them together, respect and love for nature.
Liesjärvi national park is a small, idyllic nature area in the Häme lake highlands between Forssa and Karkkila alongside route 2 in Finland. The nature is quite flourishing and the park is only a nice couple of hours drive from the Finnish capital Helsinki. We visited Liesjärvi a couple of weeks ago.
We started our weekend trip from the Häme nature center, about five kilometers north of Liesjärvi park to pick up a map of the area. The nature center had very helpful staff that gave us good tips for the trip and we also got a free map, great! These nature centers near Finnish national parks are one of the great things that we don’t appreciate enough, just as the possibility to go to the nature and use these great national parks and the services that are provided to us for free.
After we got our maps and were ready to go, we returned a little south and left our car at the Kopinlahti parking. Kopinlahti is just south of a unique ridge that divides the lake Kyynäräjärvi into two halves. The marked route goes up the ridge towards the main part of the park. The ridge is nice to walk thru and offers good views and photographing opportunities. After the ridge we took a little detour towards Etu-Kyynärä and Tapolanjärvi, the trail leads to a nice viewing place up the hill and also a good rest place. After a little break we continued towards Siltalahti that is situated at the lakeside by Tapolanjärvi Lake. Siltalahti has a campfire site and looked also like a good place for camping the night. Siltalahti is probably not the most popular camping place so it might be a good place if you want some privacy. We didn’t stop at Siltalahti but continued towards our destination for the night at Kaksvetinen camping site by the similarly named pond. The trail between Siltalahti and Kaksvetinen is mainly forest and not so interesting until we passed Sikomäki about half the way. After Sikomäki the terrain turns into swamp like and is beautifully quiet and harmonius along the Katavalamminsuo just before Kaksvetinen.
Kaksvetinen itself is a good camping place, it has lot’s of room for tents and also a tepee with a fireplace. The tepee came in handy for drying our clothes as it started raining about half way on our walk. We spent the night at Kaksvetinen and as the weather cleared we had a great evening by the campfire.
At the Kaksvetinen camping we also met some interesting people training for an expedition to Norwegian Svalbard in the summer. We had good talks and got a chance to hear interesting stories from their past expeditions. One of the things that make trekking great, besides the beauty of the nature, are the people you meet by the campfires. People from very different background and places but with something common joining them together, respect and love for nature.