Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Pisa hill, Nilsiä
The easiest way to get to Pisa, Finland, is by car because the school bus runs only on weekdays. Equipped with a map, we start our walk at Koskenala parking (Lastukoski).
Oh well, this is a protected area. I wonder if there are any trolls or fairies trodding on the mossy ground on this fairytale land.
The trail soon joins a narrow road before reaching the northern end of the pond where we stop to enjoy the scenery from a tiny wooden bridge.
The wooden structure of the tower looks quite impressive, but I'm glad I don't notice the bits of worn timber before climbing back down...
Tahkovuori, the region's well-known holiday resort which can easily be spotted by its treeless green slopes. Right before it is lake Syväri. Tahkovuori is especially busy in winter months when the skiing crowd takes over, but at 220 meters it is not very tall; Pisa Hill (Pisanvuori) reaches to 270,6 meters so we are now standing much higher. In Finnish, vuori is literally a mountain but often translates better to a hill...
After enjoying not just the scenery but a refreshing cup of tea from the thermos flask, we continue to the next stop: ancient carvings on the rocks from 1595. They mark the peace treaty of Täyssinä between Sweden (which at the time included also Finland) and Russia.
There is a worn-out sign in Finnish explaining what the characters mean but it is very difficult to locate all of them on the rocks. It is almost as hard to imagine that we are now standing on an ancient border line between Sweden/Finland and Russia!
The brightest autumn colors have died away, but we have enjoyed a beautiful day at Pisa.