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MarshWe saw a moose here, but it ran away. Like this place, Finland has a lot of wetlands. Rubber boot makers must do good business in this country.
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To Julma ÖlkkyAn easy day trip from Kuusamo, if you know how to get there. The road is unpaved.
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Julma Ölkky boat dockIt seems that only one operator offers boat trips in the canyon lake during summer.
Web site: http://www.julmaolkky.fi/
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About Julma Ölkky ユルマ・オェルッキュについてGood introduction to the canyon lake.

石壁は最高50mの高さがある。湖の深さも50m位。一つの目玉は、石壁に書いている絵(4000年前)。
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Boat dockFirst we all donned orange life jackets.
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View from boat dock
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Ancient painting on stone wall
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Scenic cruiseIt's not a very long cruise, but it was pleasant. Taking lunch and hot drinks was a good idea.
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Devil's ChurchThis arch-shaped rock formation was called the Devil's Church by local inhabitants long ago.
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Tree growing on solid rock
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Canyon view
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Our guide in the waterLassi, our fearless and dedicated nature guide, entered the frigid water to remove a log that was obstructing the boat landing where we were going to disembark for a short hike.
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Lassi aloneHe tied a rope to the log and the boat dragged it away. Fortunately, he had a change of clothing. Amazingly, he never shivered and never complained. Such a great sport.
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LandingWe got off the boat in the middle of the canyon and some of us went for a short hike to the top of the canyon.
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Hiking trailIt was very lush with forest, berries, mushrooms, and lichen.
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Edible berriesBut pretty sour.
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Orange spot marks the pathThese orange spots must really help when the ground is covered with snow.

木のオレンジのマークがハイキングコースの案内印。
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Top of canyonNice view from the ridge. Wish I had a wide-angle lens.
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Ahoy there!Our boat cruised around a bit while we went hiking. The rock walls rise as high as 50 meters from the lake's surface. This photo has been digitally composited.
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ReindeerOn the way to Julma Ölkky, we saw reindeer. They started running as soon as they saw us.

この地域では、トナカイとよく出会う。野生と見えるが、所有者がいる。首輪もあって所有者の連絡先が載っている。事故(例えば車と)があった場合に所有者に連絡できるようになっている。
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Reindeer crossingFor some reason, reindeer like to cross the road. Our guide gave out a reindeer call and they stopped for a moment to listen. We took their pictures and they ran off.
   
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