I made this summers first trip to Repovesi Nationalpark, with my girlfriend and our dog. Goal was just to relax a long weekend in nature, enjoy fire and grill some sausage over it. Because my girlfriend did not want to carry her backpack for long distances, we decided to look a nice campground near parking lot. I read from internet good places to go and we decided to go to the northern part of the park. Also this part of the park is said to be more peacefull and most of the tourists go to the southern part.
We started our car at thursday about 11 am. With stops it took about 3,5 hours to drive to Saarijärvi parking lot. (Kuismantie 990, Kouvola) We took our backpacks and headed to camping spots. The first one (Sukeltajanniemi) was only 0.9km from the car and was really beatiful place. We decided to walk 0.9km more to the next place (Valkjärvi) and this was also bautiful place, but we liked the first one more. Before we headed back to the first spot, our dog decided that she needs some camouflage.
When we got back to Sukeltajanniemi, we build our camp and made fire. In spring I bought a WBBB 1.1 dl hammock, top- and underquilt from UKhammocks. A tarp I had bought earlier from DD hammocks. Because I have been busy at work, this was my first time I had a chance to try my new set up. So my girlfriend was going to sleep in a tent and I in my hammock.
After we got our camp up, we took nice refreshing swim in the lake. Water was warm and very clear and there were a lot of little fishes. We also had our own lifeguard.
After that we made some sausages and hot chocolate by the fire. I think we were quite hungry because I did not take any pictures from sausages. Only one pic of water boiling. Rest of the evening, we just sat by the fire and enjoyed. There were no one else around, but just us three. Weather was warm and there were no wind at all. After midnight, 1 am? we went to sleep. I went to swim before I climbed to my comfy hammock. WBBB was so nice to sleep and although it was under 15C degrees I was toasty in some times.
Next morning we ate breakfast, breaked our camp and took our equipment to the car. We took water and food to smaller backpacks and made a day hike to Olhavanvuori Rock. It was about 3.5km hike from our car to Olhavanvuori. At the top of the Rock we were amazed how beautiful our own country can be and you don’t have to travel abroad or to Finnish Lappland to see that. Metsähallitus makes burn-clearing in Repovesi Nationalpark and it makes the landscape quite beautiful.
Olhavanvuori is very popular climbing place and this time there were two daredevils climbing up the rock.
From Mustalamminvuori we hiked about 2.7km to our car and from there we headed back to yesterdays camping spot. After we got our camp up and took a swim, two girls came with their two dogs to the same place. We had good time with them talking by the fire and making dinner. Also our dog had good time with their dogs.
At night it was liitle bit colder than previous night, but I didn’t feel cold. Althought this time I felt little preassure to back of my thigh from the hammock. So I need to get out hanging more, so that I can easily find right angle to hang my hammock. After making breakfast we cathered our equipment and headed to the car and drove to southern part of the nationalpark, to Lapinsalmi parking lot (Riippusillantie 55, Kouvola).
We took smaller backpacks, water and little food and made a day hike. We hiked part of the Ketunlenkki, “Fox Trail”. Trail we hiked was 3.5km long. First we came to Ketunlossi, ” Fox ferry” wich was manpowered ferry across the lake.
At this part of the park was lot of tourists. Especially Russians. Scenery was beautiful also in this part of the park.
At the end of the trail was suspension bridge, wich was the reason there were lot of tourists in this side of the park. Our dog didn’t felt so comfortable crossing the bridge :)
After the hike, we headed back home. Trip to Repovesi Nationalpark was great and worth visiting. We had great weather and very warm at daytime.