Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

January 27, 2012

Beyond the Arctic Circle 4 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico 4 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique 4

In English:

Bear’s lair stone / Resting -place/ Uruniemi Camping.

This post has also three parts. At first we visit the place called “Bear’s lair stone”. On the way up to the stone we admire huge stones in the woods. Then I show photos from place where we made short stop for a while to rest our legs. The site was near to a lake and we were astonished to see a stone field. Finally my photos from Uruniemi camping site where we spent our night. This place is very basic, but its owners are very cordial and polite. This camping site is very near to the village of Inari and the distance from the Arctic Circle to there is about 316 km / 196 miles to the North of course.

En español:

Piedra de cubil del oso / lugar de reposo / Camping Uruniemi.

Este mensaje tiene también tres partes. En primer lugar visitamos el lugar llamado “piedra de cubil del oso”. En el camino hasta la piedra admiramos enormes piedras en el bosque. A continuación, les muestro fotos de un lugar donde hicimos una parada parada corta para descansar las piernas. El sitio estaba cerca de un lago y quedamos pasmados al al ver un campo de piedra. Finalmente mis fotos les muestran el camping llamaba Uruniemi donde pasamos nuestra noche. Este lugar es muy básico, pero sus dueños son muy cordiales y amables. Este camping está muy cerca de la aldea de Inari y la distancia desde el Círculo Polar Ártico hasta allí es de unos 316 kilometros / 196 millas al norte, por supuesto.

En francais:

Pier taniére de l’ours / repos / camping Uruniemi

Ce poste a également trois parties. Dans un premier temps, nous visitons l’endroit appelé “pier taniére de l’ours”. Sur le chemin jusqu’à la pierre que nous admirons grosses pierres dans les bois. Ensuite, je montre des photos d’un endroit où nous avons fait une court arrêt t pour nous reposer nos jambes. Le site est proche d’un lac et nous avons été étonnés de voir un champ de pierres. Enfin mes photos montrent á Vous le site de camping Uruniemi où nous avons passé notre nuit. Cet endroit est très basique, mais ses propriétaires sont très chaleureux et courtois. Ce camping est très près du village d’Inari et la distance du cercle polaire arctique est environ 316 km / 196 miles vers le Nord, bien entendu.

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Yet few steps and...

Yet few steps and...

Here it is. Go in!

Here it is. Go in.

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Climbing to the Bear lair stone

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari

Resting-place somewhere before Inari. In photo me and my blue car.

Resting-place somewhere before Inari. In photo me and my blue car.

Uruniemi Camping in Inari. At background Lake Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari. At background Lake Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari. At background Lake Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari. At background Lake Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari and Lake Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari and Lake Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari. At background Lake Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari. At background Lake Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari. At background Lake Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari. At background Lake Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari

Uruniemi Camping in Inari. In photo me with my car before our cottage.

Uruniemi Camping in Inari. In photo me with my car before our cottage.

Part 3 / parte 3
Part 5 / parte 5

36 Comments »

  1. Bonjour Matti,
    ce sentier des rennes, avec sa passerelle et ses gros blocs de pierre est superbe et peu commun.
    Bises et bon week-end.

    Comment by Marion B. — January 27, 2012 @ 08:30 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marion.

      Chouette, je veux le dire, ta reponse á mon post. Moi aussi j’aime beaucoup de ces grosses pierres. Elles me rappellent ma jeunesse, quand je suis monté sur le dessus de grosses pierres. Ainsi tu commences à voir que la Laponie n’est pas la toundra!🙂 Pourquoi pas ne faire une balade en voiture quelfqueois á la Laponie? Un tel champ, qui est plein de roches et de grosses pierres, est appelé ici “champs de diable”.

      Bon week-end et bises!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 27, 2012 @ 12:23 | Reply

  2. Matti, you and Anja always have the best time!

    Lake Inari is immense! Boy, oh, boy, could we here in Texas use some of that water.

    Having Anja in the midst of all those trees shows how tall they are.

    I saw the sign telling people to enter the bear’s lair. Did you? I’m not so sure I would’ve.

    Great photos!

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — January 27, 2012 @ 17:04 | Reply

    • Hi Deli.

      I am so glad that You climbed with us to the top thru my photos. Did You become breathless?🙂 Well, I did not crawl inside to there, due to my clothes. There was one child inside at the same time.

      Happy week-end Deli!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 27, 2012 @ 17:34 | Reply

  3. I almost got tired looking at your photos of your climb to Bear’s Lair Stone. It does look like an enjoyable hike, however. The boulders in the forest remind me of parts of our mountains here. I also wondered if you entered the bear’s lair. The lake is large, but beautiful. The camp looks very well maintained and pleasant. Thank you for taking us with you on your trip beyond the Arctic Circle.

    Comment by seniorhiker — January 27, 2012 @ 17:27 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      There are answers to Your question, if You look what I answered to Deli. Those stones are great. They bring to my mind my childhood, when I used to climb on big stones and with success. Later my hobby continued to climb on small rock slopes. Uruniemi camping site is modest, but we love its landlords. They are hearty people and their prices are very reasonable. Their cottages are clean inside and it makes to us very a great impression. This was the second time when we spent a night here. Last time we were in 2006. The Lake Inari is indeed huge and in my next post, You’ll see how huge. Then, You and others too, are invited to take a cruise on it thru my photos.

      Have a wonderful day George.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 27, 2012 @ 17:39 | Reply

  4. Oh beautiful! Looking at those pictures, I can “feel” the presence of bears, hahaha! I especially like those animal wood carvings.

    Comment by ivoryspring — January 27, 2012 @ 20:26 | Reply

    • Hello Ivoryspring.

      Very nice to read Your comment. Thank You. I love also carved animals and that is why I present them when I see.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 28, 2012 @ 14:58 | Reply

  5. That’s quite a hike to the Bear Lair stone! I love the carvings and the wooden walks and stairs are amazing! The lake is beautiful, and I would think those cabins would be very pleasant to stay in! I enjoyed this post!

    Comment by montucky — January 28, 2012 @ 07:41 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      Well, yes and no, it depends… We both are in very good physical condition due to our daily walking tours. I think that it can be seen from our photos. I have to say that those stairs surprised me too. As I said earlier, we appreciate cleanness of cabins, also generally and then it is possible to make a “compromise” with services if needed. Okay, this is our opinion.

      Thank You commenting. Have a very nice week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 28, 2012 @ 15:09 | Reply

  6. ¡A que lugares mas bonitos viajais! un lugar precioso, increible para ser fotografiado, como así demuestran tus bellas imágenes, se ve un sitio relajante, y el lago maravilloso, besos

    Comment by ManoliRizoFotografia — January 28, 2012 @ 14:39 | Reply

    • Hola Manoli.

      ¡Oh, qué gran placer leer tu mensaje! Eso me da un gran alegría a mi corazón. Buen fin de semana!

      Saludos y abrazos!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 28, 2012 @ 15:15 | Reply

  7. Very beautiful series again…. I love these wooden bears !
    Have a lovely weekend Matti🙂

    Comment by Tamara — January 28, 2012 @ 21:37 | Reply

    • Hello Tamara.

      Thank You again for Your visit and for Your nice comment.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2012 @ 10:01 | Reply

  8. Matti, thank you for another great trip up there far north😉 – The nature here around your resting place and Uruniemi is absolutely stunning! So beautiful – almost magic. Another “must-go” in Finland😉

    Comment by truels — January 28, 2012 @ 23:45 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      How glad I am that You following my “travel series” from Finnish Lapland. Thank You.

      Have a very happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2012 @ 10:02 | Reply

  9. I love the scenery and the carvings. I think the red cabins are very cute 🙂

    Comment by Northern Narratives — January 28, 2012 @ 23:58 | Reply

    • Hello Northern Narratives.

      Thank You commenting. Our trip continues and in every post there will be something new to be found.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2012 @ 10:05 | Reply

  10. I saw a lot of bears in Helsinki Airport!
    Of course, they’re not the real ones.
    I then realised bear was the symbol of the city.
    I went to a little park in Kallio to see the bear statue.🙂
    I was glad I saw it.

    I saw a lot of people selling reindeer meat in the Old Market.
    I bought a reindeer sandwich. It was so good.
    Then, I went to Stockmann to see if they have cheaper tinned reindeer meat.
    I bought one back to London.
    I also bought a tin of bear meat!!!
    I was very shocked to see bear meat in a tin.🙂

    Comment by London Caller — January 29, 2012 @ 21:51 | Reply

    • Hello London Caller.

      How nice that You noticed bears in Helsinki and at airport. That huge bear in the quarter of Kallio that I remember very well since my childhood. I lived about one kilometer from it. I guess that You noticed also big bear at the entrance of National Museum of Finland in Helsinki; just opposite the Finlandia house.

      About the food, well, lovely to see that our country gave to You some surprises.🙂 Thank You commenting.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2012 @ 08:51 | Reply

      • Yes, of course I saw the big bear at the entrance to your national museum.
        I also remember the bullet hole on the entrance door caused by the Civil War in the museum.
        I had a lovely walk in Kallio.
        I also walked to the Valterri Flea Market.
        I bought a second-hand Moomin figurine from the market.

        I walked a lot in Helsinki!!
        But I think that’s the best way to see your country.

        Comment by London Caller — January 30, 2012 @ 12:21 | Reply

        • So nice to read Your additional comment London Caller.

          That Is true, walking is the best way to see. I really see that You have had great time in Helsinki. There are also bullet holes to be seen in the statue of J. V. Snellman in front of the Bank of Finland. He had a great impact on the Finnish markka (now we have Euros as You know). That Moomins delighted me also. We have Moomins world in

          Naantali.

          It is awesome beautiful town full with old wooden houses.

          Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2012 @ 13:40 | Reply

  11. I love bears and that you were able to walk their territory. A lot of your images remind me of some pristine areas in Canada, especially with all the board walks through the fields/forest. This was a lovely tour in an area of the world we don’t always get to see. Thank you, Sartenada.

    Comment by Ginnie — January 30, 2012 @ 09:53 | Reply

    • Hi Ginnie.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. Blogs are great to share information and to meet nice people.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2012 @ 10:29 | Reply

  12. Quelle magnifique promenade dans la forêt du Cercle polaire ! Une jolie passerelle en bois entre arbres et plantes arctiques. Y a-t-il des myrtilles aussi à part les airelles et ces framboises spéciales ? Etes-vous entrés dans la grotte, photo 21 ? J’aime ce paysage rustique et préservé, le lac magnifique, ces petits bungalows disséminés dans la forêt, que de belles vacances on pourrait passer là-haut ! Une fois en Russie, j’ai dû cuire un gros morceau d’ours qu’un ami chasseur avait rapporté… Quelle aventure, des heures de cuisson… et la viande était très dure😦 Merci pour ces images de rêve.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — January 30, 2012 @ 15:36 | Reply

    • Bonjour Isa.

      Merci de m’avoir fait un commentaire. Non, je n’ai pas fait parce que, mes vêtements n’étaient pas convenables de le faire.

      Tu ne sais pas ce que t’as manquée dans mes trois précédents postes, parce que, tu les pas vue.🙂 Ma série va continuer…

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2012 @ 16:18 | Reply

  13. I saw the statue of Snellman in front of the bank!!!🙂
    But I didn’t see the bullet holes because around the statue, it was covered by a thick layer of snow.
    So I didn’t walk close to see the bullet holes.

    I went to visit the Bank of Finland Museum (in front of Helsinki University Museum – which I also visited!).
    I had a nice conversation about Euro with the staff working in Bank of Finland Museum.
    He told me it was wrong to let Greece to join the Euro. Ha…😉

    I think Suomenlinna is the most beautiful place in Helsinki.
    Maybe that’s because I like villages.🙂

    Oh, I went to a Moomin shop in Forum.
    And I bought more Moomin souvenirs there.
    Now, I know a lot of shopping in Helsinki, Stockmann, Forum, Kampi, Sokos, etc…
    Most shops open until 9pm on weekdays! Shops in London close after 6pm.

    Maybe I can live in Helsinki too?!🙂
    People in Finland speak good English.🙂

    Comment by London Caller — January 30, 2012 @ 16:12 | Reply

    • Thank You very much LC. In Finland there are many small towns or villages with nice old wooden houses. All are walkable towns! Many of them I have presented in my posts. There is a nice list of them under Categories. Check for Town-…

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2012 @ 16:20 | Reply

  14. Of course, I LOVE your pictures of the rocks. The lichens make such wonderful patterns on the rocks. I’ve not seen or heard of the hanging tree lichens, though at the coast we have what’s called Spanish Moss hanging from the trees. Perhaps it’s a similar species. I’m so enjoying following you on your journey. Janet

    Comment by harpingjanet — January 30, 2012 @ 22:27 | Reply

    • Hello Janet.

      Those rockss are indeed gorgeous, I love then too. To me this place was first time when I so many of them near to each others. The landscape is like a giant would have thrown them higgledy-piggledy. Hmm, maybe it was trying to hunting bears.🙂 I have seen some huge stones previously which were “alone”, not with “fellow stones”. That moss story of Yours was interesting. When I was young boy and lived closer to middle Finland, there I saw them often. Here, not so far from Helsinki, I have not seen them. It is perhaps due to that the landscape here is full of pine trees.🙂

      Thank You commenting Janet.

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2012 @ 08:19 | Reply

  15. Bonjour Sartenada, encore un bel endroit que tu nous fais découvrir. J’aime bien les sculptures des ours, on dirait qu’ils sont vrais! Les sentiers aménagés dans la forêt est grandiose, que de plaisir de marcher sur de si longue distance. Le lac est magnifique. Des très belles photos!

    Comment by Anne Jutras — February 3, 2012 @ 05:41 | Reply

    • Bonjour Anne.

      Je suis très heureux que t’as aimés mes photos de “inconnu” Laponie finlandaise.

      Merci beaucoup.

      Bon week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 3, 2012 @ 09:05 | Reply

  16. The woods that the board walk goes through is so pretty–with all the mosses and little green scrubs on the forest floor, along with the the bolders it looks like a nicely maintained rock garden!

    Comment by kateri — February 5, 2012 @ 18:14 | Reply

    • Hi Kateri.

      I appreciate that You visited in my blog and left Your comment. Here in the Southern part I have seen only few so big “rock gardens”. In Lapland we saw them here and there.

      Have a wonderful Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 5, 2012 @ 18:58 | Reply

  17. Matti, I really liked the photos of this adventure.

    Lake Inari looks amazing. I’d love to go that far North.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Tammy — February 7, 2012 @ 07:04 | Reply

    • Hello Tammy.

      How lovely that You did like my post. Last time we visited Lapland in 2006 and now it was great time to revisit there.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by SartenadaSartenada — February 7, 2012 @ 09:00 | Reply


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