Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

May 9, 2013

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé / Andando sobre o lago congelado

In English:

This my first post presenting my new home town Mikkeli. The name Mikkeli has some kind of connection with to word St. Michel. I’ll post every now and then photos from my home town Mikkeli. We lived quite near to Helsinki on our countryside home house from 1993 to 2012. We wanted to make change of life and so we moved to this beautiful town which is situated beside the big lake called Saimaa. Its strands are popular summer house places and many people drive to spend their weekends at their summer cabins. Its distance from Helsinki is 228km/ 142mi. Saimaa it is the largest lake in Finland, and the fourth largest in Europe. Around it here are many towns by its lake like Lappeenranta, Joensuu, Imatra, Savonlinna and Varkaus in addition to Mikkeli. From lake Saimaa there is canal connection (Saimaa Canal) to the rest of world. You might travel to Barbados to its capital Bridgetown in the Caribbean area for example.

Our new home is small but its situation is excellent. Walking time to the center of Mikkeli is half an hour when walking on sidewalks, but across the lake only 20 minutes. Nearest shopping mall is situated at the distance of 800 meters / 2625 ft. This means that when doing shopping we do not use our cars; we just walk. The best is yet here: our home is situated by the Saimaa lake and we have to walk 20 meters / 66 feet to soak our feet into the lake of Saimaa! Think about it!

Last winter we enjoyed us walking daily on the frozen lake. It is such an experience which we love. On Saimaa man can ski, both styles traditional and free style. Free style is like skating. In addition to skiing man can ice-skate, drive snowmobile, bike, to drive a motorcycle and to walk. What about dogs? They love also walking on the lake! This winter we only walked, next winter we will also ski.

Can You imagine that on lake’s ice there are also “road” signs for skiers? Yes and very often because man needs information. In some photos I show in which way bridges are maintained under them. The name of this bridge sounds odd “Kirkonvarkaus” or in English Church’s Robbery after presenting Poor-man statues 57 churches. I show in my photos also some summer cottages by the lake and me as a “mannequin”. Take a closer look at my winter clothes. My hat I bought from the Arctic Circle, my red winter coat is down jacket in which I can be at low temperature up to -45ºC = -49.0ºF, I have in my hands mittens and under them gloves. When shooting photos, I take off my mittens only. I am using winter boots which are warm. When walking on ice I need sunglasses against the glare because it is very strong even on cloudy days. Maybe I am looking fanny in Your eyes, but when walking in a cold and windy weather man must take care of his healthy. The fact is that outdoor life is good for man’s healthiness!

In some of my photos You’ll see the sleepy marina of Mikkeli. Two first photos shows our house where we live. Our apartment with a balcony is on the top floor facing to the south and west and with a view over the lake. After walking tours outside in the cold winter weather it is relaxing to go to our own Sauna. So, do come with us to walk on the ice of Lake Saimaa thru my photos.

En español:

Este es mi primer post presentando mi nueva case en la ciudad de Mikkeli casa. El nombre Mikkeli tiene algún tipo de conexión con la palabra St. Michel. Voy a publicar de vez en cuando fotos de mi ciudad Mikkeli casa. Vivíamos muy cerca de Helsinki en nuestra casa de campo desde 1993 hasta 2012. Queríamos hacer un cambio de vida y así que nos mudamos a esta hermosa ciudad que se encuentra al lado del gran lago llamada Saimaa. Sus playas son lugares populares para casas de verano y muchas personas manejan a pasar sus fines de semana en sus cabañas de verano. Su distancia de Helsinki es de 228 kilometros / 142mi. Saimaa es el lago más grande de Finlandia, y el cuarto más grande de Europa. Alredor del lago hay algunas ciudades como Lappeenranta, Joensuu, Imatra, Savonlinna y Varkaus además de Mikkeli. Desde el lago Saimaa hay conexión del canal (Saimaa Canal) para el resto del mundo. Usted puede viajar a Barbados Bridgetown (capital) en el área del Caribe, por ejemplo.

Nuestra nueva casa es pequeña, pero su situación es excelente. A pie hasta el centro de Mikkeli se tarda una media hora al caminar por las aceras, pero a través del lago a sólo 20 minutos. El centro comercial más cercano está situado a una distancia de 800 metros / 2.625 pies Esto significa que al hacer compras no usamos nuestros vehículos, pero caminamos. Lo mejor está aquí: nuestra casa está situada a orillas del lago Saimaa y tenemos que caminar 20 metros / 66 pies de mojater los pies en el lago de Saimaa! Piensa en ello!

El invierno pasado, nos disfrutamos a caminar todos los días sobre el lago congelado. Es una experiencia que nos encanta muchissíma. En Saimaa hombre se esquiar, ambos estilos tradicionales y el estilo libre. Estilo libre es como el patinaje. Además se puede esquíar, se puede patinar sobre hielo, manejar motos de nieve, en bicicleta, a conducir una motocicleta y para caminar. ¿Qué pasa con los perros? Les encanta también caminando sobre el lago! Este invierno, sólo caminaba, el próximo invierno también vamos a esquiar.

¿Podeis imaginar que en el hielo del lago, también hay signos “de ruta” para los esquiadores? Sí, muy a menudo porque el hombre necesita información. En algunas mis fotos les muestran cómo los puentes se mantienen por debajo. El nombre de este puente suena “Kirkonvarkaus” que significa en español “robo de Iglesia” después de la presentación de estatuas de pobre-hombres y 57 iglesias. Muestro en mis fotos también algunas casas de verano en el lago y me como un “maniquí”. Echa un vistazo a la ropa de invierno. Mi sombrero compré en el Círculo Polar Ártico, el abrigo rojo de invierno es la chaqueta en la que puedo estar a baja temperatura hasta -45 º C = -49,0 º C, tengo en mis manos guantes y bajo otras guantes. Cuando saco fotos, me quito los guantes superior. Uso botas de invierno, que son cálidos. Al caminar sobre el hielo necesito gafas de sol contra eldeslumramiento, porque luz del sol es muy fuerte, incluso en días nublados. Tal vez parezco cómico, pero al caminar en un clima frío y ventoso se tiene que que tomar cuidado de su salud. La verdad es que la vida al aire libre es bueno para la salud del hombre!

En algunas de mis fotos usted puede ver la dormitando marina de Mikkeli. Las dos primeras fotos Vos muestran la casa donde vivimos. Nuestro apartamento con balcón se encuentra en la planta superior que daba al sur y al oeste y con vistas sobre el lago. Después de excursiones a pie afuera en el frío del invierno, es muy relajante para ir a nuestra propia sauna. Por consiguiente, vengan ustedes con nosotros a caminar sobre el hielo del lago Saimaa a través de mis fotos.

En francais:

Cette est mon premier post présentant ma nouvelle maison ville Mikkeli. Le nom Mikkeli a une sorte de connexion avec mot de Saint-Michel. Je vais poster de temps en temps des photos de ma ville natale Mikkeli. Nous habitions tout près de Helsinki sur notre maison de la campagne 1993-2012. Nous voulions faire changement de vie et ainsi nous avons déménagé dans cette belle ville qui est située à côté du grand lac appelé Saimaa. Ses plages sont des endroites populaires plain de la maisons d’été et beaucoup de gens conduisent à passer leurs week-ends dans leurs cabanes d’été. Sa distance de Helsinki est 228 km / 142 mi. Saimaa est le plus grand lac en Finlande, et le quatrième en Europe. Autour d’elle il y a beaucoup de villes de son lac comme Lappeenranta, Joensuu, Imatra, Savonlinna et Varkaus en plus de Mikkeli. Du lac Saimaa il y a une connexion canal (canal de Saimaa) pour le reste du monde. Vous pouvez voyager à la Barbade à Bridgetown son capitale de la région des Caraïbes par exemple.

Notre nouvelle maison est petite mais sa situation est excellente. Temps d’une ballade jusqu’à centre de Mikkeli est une demi-heure en marchant sur les trottoirs, mais sur le lac à seulement 20 minutes. Centre commercial le plus proche est situé à une distance de 800 mètres / 2625 pieds. Cela signifie que lorsque nous faisons du shopping, nous n’utilisons pas nos voitures, nous marchons simplement. Le meilleur est encore ici: notre maison est située au bord du lac Saimaa et nous devons marcher 20 mètres / 66 pieds à tremper nos pieds dans le lac de Saimaa! Pensez-y!

L’hiver dernier, nous avons apprécié de nous marcher tous les jours sur le lac gelé. C’ètait une expérience que nous aimions. Sur Saimaa homme peut skier, deux styles traditionnel et le style libre. Free style est comme le patinage. En plus du ski homme peut patiner, motoneige d’entraînement, à vélo, à conduire une moto et à marcher.

Comment c’est avec des chiens? Ils aiment aussi marcher sur le lac! Cet hiver, nous seulement marchions, l’hiver prochain, nous allons également skier. Pouvez-vous imaginer que sur la glace du lac, il y a aussi des signes “de route” pour les skieurs? Oui, très souvent parce que l’homme a besoin d’informations. Sur certaines photos, je montre comment ponts de passage sont maintenues en dessous. Le nom de ce pont semble “Kirkonvarkaus” bizarre parce’que le nom signifie Vol d’L’eglise en français après la présentation de Statues de Pauvre Homme de 57 églises. Je montre dans mes photos aussi quelques chalets d’été au bord du lac et moi en tant que “mannequin”. Jetez un oeil de plus près mes vêtements d’hiver. J’ai un couvre-chef que j’ai acheté du cercle polaire arctique, mon manteau d’hiver rouge doudoune dans lequel je peux être à basse température jusqu’à -45 º C = -49.0 º F, j’ai dans mes mains mitaines et gants sous eux. Lorsque la prise de photos, j’enlève mes mitaines seulement. J’utilise des bottes d’hiver qui sont chauds. Lors de la marche sur la glace, j’ai lunette anti éblouissement, car le soleil est très forte, même par temps nuageux. Peut-être que Vous me trouvez peut-être crétin à vos yeux, mais lors de la marche dans le temps froid et venteux on dois prendre soin de sa santé. Le fait est que la vie en plein air est bon pour la salubrité de l’homme!

Dans certaines de mes photos Vous voyez le port tranquille et somnolant de Mikkeli. Deux premières photos montrent notre maison où nous vivons. Notre appartement avec balcon est situé au dernier étage face au sud et à l’ouest et avec vue sur le lac. Après promenades en plein air dans le froid de l’hiver, nous nous détendons en allant à notre propre sauna.

Alors, pourqu’a pas venir avec nous pour marcher sur la glace du lac Saimaa à travers mes photos.

Em Português:

Eu moro na cidade de Mikkeli desde 2012. É uma cidade bonita no verão, mas o que pode ser feito no inverno. A neve e o gelo em toda parte e que cobrem o terreno. Bem, Nós amamos andar sobre o lago que está congelado. Desfrute de minhas fotos de inverno de neve e gelo que não são tão ordinárias para as pessoas que vivem nos trópicos.

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

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Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

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Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

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Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

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Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

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Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

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Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Walking on frozen lake / Caminando sobre lago congelado / Marchant sur le lac bien gelé

Old wooden houses in winter / Viejas casas de madera en invierno / Vieilles maisons en bois en hiver

Mikkeli in winter 2013 3 / Mikkeli en invierno 2013 3 / Mikkeli en hiver 2013 3

61 Comments »

  1. Great photos. Looks like lots of fun on the frozen lake.

    Comment by linnyjcreations — May 9, 2013 @ 08:38 | Reply

  2. A fascinating insight into life in Finland. Thanks.

    Comment by James Corner — May 9, 2013 @ 09:18 | Reply

  3. An amazing glimpse into another world! It would make the news if even a small lake froze over enough to walk on here – but frozen lakes with signs – that’s marvellous.

    Comment by Anny — May 9, 2013 @ 11:40 | Reply

  4. Lovely post, what a wonderful place to live. Amazing to have signs on the lake.

    Comment by e1aine — May 9, 2013 @ 12:10 | Reply

  5. c’est magnifique que de beaux paysages comme tu dois être bien là bas c’est splendide bises MA

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — May 9, 2013 @ 13:05 | Reply

  6. Splendid post!
    I enjoyed every single photo and learnt a lot on Finland….

    Comment by 76sanfermo — May 9, 2013 @ 13:15 | Reply

  7. It must be a wonderful place to live! I like that everyone uses the frozen lake for walking and skiing – the sign is great too🙂

    Comment by megtraveling — May 9, 2013 @ 14:00 | Reply

  8. Such lovely photos! The “traffic” on the ice is really quite familiar as there are similar paths, with signs, on some of the popular lakes in Northern Minnesota. Such snow-covered ice lanes accommodate snowmobiles, cross-country skiers, ice fisherman (with their trucks or cars!) but no bicyclists! Thank you so much for sharing your corner of the world with me/us! Hugs, Doreen

    Comment by treadlemusic — May 9, 2013 @ 17:06 | Reply

  9. A beautiful area to live! Close to the water, such a gorgeous landscape around, pure nature … and the frozen lake is really breathtaking! There seems to be a lof of life and traffic on it in winter! Even by bicycle.
    I just wonder how they fix the “road” signs on the lake. Do they ram the posts directly in the ice (boring holes) or do they have a certain construction – for example a (metal) base pedestal which is on the ice? And I try to imagine how one can arrange all perfectly as far as the time is concerned. When to fix and when to remove the signs. Of course you know when the lake is really frozen so that you can put the signs on its surface – but who knows how long the season will last? If they are too late and do not remove the signs in time, you perhaps can find quite a lot of these things on the bottom of lake Saimaa … ^^

    Looking forward to further photos of your new home town in the future, Matti!

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — May 9, 2013 @ 17:25 | Reply

    • Hello Michele.

      Thank You commenting and making a question. I have not exact answer to Your question, but we have been thinking it ourselves. Well, those signs are wooden and probably man put them direct into the whole by boring. Maybe they had small wooden “support”. When it is cold water coming from the hole freezes very fast. Because they were wooden, so possibly they are drifting to the shore. On shores there are many summer houses which need wood for their Sauna. So, I can imagine that soon or later they are burnt in somebody’s Sauna.

      When season ends? Excellent question. So we asked it also. First sings of the ending of seasons come slowly when during the day snow and ice start to melt. Nights were freezing cold, but days stay above zero (0,0ºC = 32.0ºF). Thus when the spring warmed and warmed, we walked in the mornings, because ice was softening during the day time. This could be seen also nearby the shoreline. In the morning it was seen that water came over the ice but froze during night. The season ended suddenly when hard winds made ice floating and water was visible. I hope that my answer satisfies You. Glad to know that You like to see more photos from my town.

      Have a great week-end!

      BTW, the thickness of ice was between 40-50 centimeters /15.7-19.7 inches.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 11, 2013 @ 10:25 | Reply

      • Thanks for giving such a detailed information, Matti! Of course, it satisfied me completely! When looking at your photos (in general, not only this time), it’s always a bit like being there. Sometimes quite normal and well known things appear but in a completely different environment and considering the rater different circumstances questions are arising automatically. I hope you don’t mind.

        Thanks again for taking the time to reply. Have a great weekend too!

        Comment by ladyfromhamburg — May 11, 2013 @ 23:02 | Reply

        • Hi Michele.

          You are welcome. I was glad that You made questions. It was great joys to me to try to answer in such a way that you understand.

          Happy Sunday!

          Comment by Sartenada — May 12, 2013 @ 15:59 | Reply

  10. Hello Matti,
    Une superbe balade que j’apprécie doublement en cette journée grise et pluvieuse d’Ascension !
    Bises et bon week-end.

    Comment by Marion B. — May 9, 2013 @ 17:31 | Reply

  11. Thanks for all the beautiful photos of your new hometown. Since I am from Alaska I can identify with everything you have shown…the recreational activities on the lake, the trees, the cabins, and your warm clothes! We don’t have any large bridges like that, not that I am aware of anyway. It’s possible they exist in parts that I have never been to. I can’t imagine ever wanting to soak my feet in the lake, as I’m sure even in summer the water is ice cold!
    I enjoy learning about your area and the lifestyle there, and I look forward to seeing photos of your new area in summer.

    Thanks a lot for reading and liking my posts.

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — May 9, 2013 @ 18:29 | Reply

    • Hi Marilyn.

      Thank You commenting. I checked water temperatures from my area in 2012 and the highest was +21,9 °C / 71.4ºF August 8th, 2012. Cold or warm, every one decides it. More photos are coming from my area but not consecutive posts. There are yet few winter photos.

      Have a great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 11, 2013 @ 10:38 | Reply

  12. Wow, there are places colder than Toronto! Which I do know, but still it’s amazing to see them. Is it still snowy there, or has it gone now?

    Comment by patinaandcompany — May 9, 2013 @ 21:28 | Reply

    • Hello Patinaandcompany.

      Thank You commenting and asking. Snow, no more. I do not even remember when I saw a glimpse of snow, but last ice left from Saimaa lake on my area on the May 1st.

      Have a wonderful week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 11, 2013 @ 10:42 | Reply

      • Strangely, just before I found your reply, we had a thick, brief, snow flurry here. Of course it can’t settle because the ground is too warm now, but still . . . . It’s May 12!

        Comment by patinaandcompany — May 12, 2013 @ 17:14 | Reply

  13. Hard to imagine taking regular winter strolls ON a lake. Thanks for sharing your new home with us🙂

    Comment by surfnslide — May 9, 2013 @ 21:44 | Reply

  14. Beautiful post. Lovely on frozen lake walk… Thank you, Matti!

    Comment by Amy — May 9, 2013 @ 22:46 | Reply

  15. What wonderful photographs and I enjoyed taking the tour walking on the frozen ice. But, when do you know it is safe to walk on it. Does it have to freeze a foot or two?

    Comment by Mary Gilmartin — May 10, 2013 @ 01:34 | Reply

    • Hi Mary.

      Thank You commenting and asking. We did not when it was safe. Yes, but from our window / balcony we watched every day that other people walk on ice and so we decided also to try it. I remember the first time quite well, because there was no snow on ice and it was a little bit “scaring”. Man gets used to it quickly. On one shore the ice started to crackle without any warning and our hearts jumped throat. We backed carefully and all went well. After that we heard that in the beginning of winter season people have ice picks around the necks.

      The thickness of ice was between 40-50 centimeters /15.7-19.7 inches finally. In some parts of Finland there are ice roads also in winter. Then the minimum thickness of ice must be 20 centimeters / 0.6ft. In my ears it sounds so little.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 11, 2013 @ 11:00 | Reply

  16. I like the idea that everyone there enjoys the lake in summer and winter too! Those are very attractive apartments and it’s so nice to be able to walk to shop!!

    Comment by montucky — May 10, 2013 @ 04:43 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      Thank You commenting and liking apartments. Well, when we moved into a new home at the end of November our home was brand new as the entire house also. In the past month there were two checks, and every time we had to accept the changes made. Actually we did not have many things for improvement. We were afraid how noisy the house is, for no reason, because its isolation is high quality. We never know if our neighbors are home or not. The only way to check it is to see their cars are outside! My wife’s car is in the open air and my car in a carport. Garages were very expensive. We are yet today amazed at the high quality of the building. Our balcony has single windows which can be opened and the windows are triple-glazed windows.

      In our previous home had our Sauna which we warmed by wood; now we have electric Sauna. I have to say that we are very satisfied with it. I am sure that You remember what Sauna is really:

      Sauna

      Have great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 11, 2013 @ 11:18 | Reply

  17. I have a Norwegian friend who is always saying there’s no such thing as bad weather but bad clothes! I love this place where you live, Sartenada. I would be THRILLED for winter to come to experience that kind of life outdoors. Good for you on choosing to move where you could enjoy life to the hilt!

    Comment by Ginnie — May 10, 2013 @ 09:32 | Reply

  18. It must be interesting to play on the snow. Since we seldom have snow in our neighborhood, we can’t imagine it.🙂

    Comment by cocomino — May 11, 2013 @ 06:39 | Reply

  19. Matti, I have nominated your blog for The Sunshine Award. Please see the latest posting on my blog for the rules regarding this award. I have admired your photos for a couple of years now, especially those on the churches in Finland.
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    Comment by crowcanyonjournal — May 11, 2013 @ 08:55 | Reply

    • Hello Crowcanyonjournal.

      ! appreciate highly it very much, thank You, but I cannot accept it because I am not anymore taking awards / nominations.

      Here is more info:

      My awards

      I am so sorry! Regards. Matti.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 11, 2013 @ 12:54 | Reply

  20. Just breathtaking! I have not walked on anything frozen before. That is exciting. Beautiful images!

    Comment by Island Traveler — May 11, 2013 @ 13:39 | Reply

  21. Magnifiques photos, Matti. C’est tout une vie sur la glace. J’adore les images de ces petites maisons colorées dans la forêt, ce petit chien amusant et les rencontres entre motoneige, cyclistes, marcheurs et skieurs. Merci pour ces images rares.

    Comment by Isabelle — May 11, 2013 @ 21:17 | Reply

  22. Wonderful pictures of winter in Finland! The good thing about walking to the shopping mall is that there is a limit for how much one can carry back home🙂 We used to walk across a frozen lake to the train station when I was a child. Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by tiny lessons blog — May 13, 2013 @ 15:39 | Reply

  23. Vos images sont très jolies avec un ciel bien dégagé. Les paysages ressemblent beaucoup à ceux de chez nous au Québec. Vous n’avez pas épais d’accumulation de neige ce qui doit aider beaucoup à épaissir la glace sur le lac. J’imagine que vous appréciez l’arrivée du printemps.

    Comment by Serge Rodrigue — May 14, 2013 @ 01:48 | Reply

  24. This looks like a lovely place to live, Matti – close to the parts of civilization you need, and close to nature as well. The man riding his bicycle on the ice was quite amazing!

    Comment by Heart To Harp — May 14, 2013 @ 02:15 | Reply

  25. What a lovely location for your new home! It’s great that you can walk to most places. I think that I would enjoy going for strolls over the lake in the winter. I look forward to seeing what it looks like in summer.

    Comment by Deb Platt — May 14, 2013 @ 04:50 | Reply

  26. Very nice post and congratulations on moving into a new place/ Changes are always refreshing. I was wondering why do you translate your post in several languages? Do you use a translating machine like google translate or you speak and write those languages yourself?

    Comment by Anna Moritz — May 15, 2013 @ 15:01 | Reply

    • Hello Anna.

      My reason to translate my posts in many languages is that most visitors come from South and Central America. They need Spanish. I also want to serve my French speaking visitors. I speak these languages, but occasionally I need help from dictionaries and from Google to check better grammar. I know that my capacity to translate correctly is inadequate, but nobody is lamenting and that is great. Thanks to them.

      Thank You.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 15, 2013 @ 15:18 | Reply

  27. Your new home town looks absolutely beautiful. It’s wonderful to see so much activity on the frozen lake, and I can only imagine how great it felt to have your own sauna after walking on the frozen lake. I look forward to seeing more pictures of your beautiful new home town.

    Comment by seniorhiker — May 15, 2013 @ 15:36 | Reply

  28. Finland is such a beautiful country!!! I love your photography🙂

    Comment by daniellajoe — May 18, 2013 @ 01:46 | Reply

  29. Congratulations with your new home, Matti! And what a great location by the lake, I am looking forward to see many more photos from your new surroundings here.

    Comment by Truels — May 18, 2013 @ 23:52 | Reply

    • Thank You Truels.

      There will be. First some winter / snow photos and later when real summer arrives summer photos. Thank You.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 19, 2013 @ 15:11 | Reply

  30. seems like a great place, and you are a SUPERB photog! one thing … i’ll betcha there’s HOCKEY going on, right? (this “senior citizen” doesn’t get to play much!) ((see my post: “Kids at play”))

    Comment by betunada — May 19, 2013 @ 03:41 | Reply

  31. The little houses are lovely. How does that dog prevent its paws from getting cold? Do they grow extra foot hair between the pads of their paws in winter?

    Comment by The World Is My Cuttlefish — May 19, 2013 @ 17:13 | Reply

    • Hi Annie.

      I am sorry that I cannot give to You my answer. Maybe it is so as You thought; I have never been thinking it. When we met this dog it was normal winter weather. Maybe the dogs get used to the cold weather as we people. Sometimes it is so cold that dogs have one paw in turn in air. Such a cold weather we call here “three paws’ weather”.🙂

      Happy upcoming week!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 20, 2013 @ 07:12 | Reply

  32. Fantastic photos! The frozen lake experience looks wonderful and I love the little dog🙂 It all looks very beautiful and exhilarating!

    Comment by europasicewolf — June 6, 2013 @ 10:21 | Reply

  33. Lovely photos..I enjoy seeing the everyday life in your photos.

    Comment by Barbara — July 10, 2013 @ 14:17 | Reply

    • Hi Barbara.

      Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 10, 2013 @ 14:22 | Reply

  34. Wow, your photos are wonderful. They remind me of Lake Baikal when it was frozen. Do the dogs have snow shoes or snow socks too? I cant imagine my dog walking over that snow. He hates puddles and climbs on my lap every time there’s water or slush. And he is a huge mastiff. Imagine that. I loved your latest post on patchwork quilts.

    Comment by maverickbird — June 29, 2014 @ 13:56 | Reply

    • Hi Maverickbird.

      Thank You. No, in Finland dogs do not have shoes or snow sock. Occasionally, some dogs which are not longhaired, wear “jackets”. We do not have in the Southern part very cold. The coldest temperature we have had here is only -34.0ºC / -29.2ºF. Very nice that You saw my newest quilt post also.

      Have a great star of this new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 30, 2014 @ 07:11 | Reply

  35. Mas felicitaciones , por esta entrada!
    Un abrazo, también…..

    Comment by 76sanfermo — June 30, 2014 @ 15:58 | Reply

    • Hola Anna.

      Que bueno. Ahora has visto que vivimos a la orilla del lago. El sitio es maravillosa en verano. El balcón con el vidrio continúa “verano”, con dos meses. Muchas gracias al hacer tu comentario.

      ¡Que tengas un muy buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 1, 2014 @ 07:23 | Reply

  36. Wow! Great photos, and what an amazing lifestyle!

    Comment by Gossamer Goes Postal — July 14, 2014 @ 14:48 | Reply

    • Hello Gossamer Goes Postal.

      I appreciate Your comment very much. Thank You.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 15, 2014 @ 07:06 | Reply

  37. Olá Matti.

    São incríveis essas fotos! As pessoas se divertindo sobre o lago congelado, as árvores em meio a neve, as casas (sua casa), os barcos presos no gelo… é maravilhoso ver tudo isso.

    Você está fazendo uma boa propaganda do seu país, compartilhando suas fotos. Está sendo muito interessante conhecer um pouco sobre a Finlândia através do seu blog. É um país realmente muito bonito!

    Muitos brasileiros querem ver, tocar a neve, por isso viajam até o extremo sul do Brasil (Rio Grande do Sul), porque lá faz muito frio e às vezes chega a nevar! Quando isso acontece, todos os canais de televisão dão a notícia: “Nevou no Rio Grande do Sul.” Todos ficam muito empolgados com essa notícia!🙂

    Hoje, aqui no Paraná está fazendo 6º C, é o inverno mais rigoroso dos últimos tempos!🙂 Estamos todos bem agasalhados, tomando um chá bem quentinho de camomila, erva cidreira, café ou leite.

    Valeu Matti! É um grande prazer conhecer você, sua casa e esses lugares lindos!

    Grande abraço,

    José (Zé)🙂

    Comment by Administrador — July 19, 2014 @ 14:08 | Reply

    • Olá José.

      Uau, como elogiando comentário José. Obrigado. Estou certo de que você gosta de ouvir que hoje, por exemplo, temos +26 º C. Nossos temperaturas do verão varia entre +17 º C e +30 º C. Para mim também é um grande prazer conhecer você.

      Algo novo para ler:

      A cada verão, em junho, há carnavais de Samba em Helsínquia. Em todos os lugares em Helsínquia, em cada esquina os ritmos de Samba conquistan os corações das pessoas finlandesas. Embora finlandês se diz ser rígidas, Samba faz seu pélvis balançar.

      Samba in Helsinki / Samba en Helsinki 1 / Samba em Helsínquia1.

      Samba in Helsinki 2 / Samba en Helsinki 2 / Samba em Helsínquia 2.

      Espero que o Samba ao estilo finlandês está OK.

      Saudações. Matti.

      Comment by Sartenada — July 19, 2014 @ 14:55 | Reply

  38. Thanks for stopping by my Rose Garden Diary blog. I am half-Finnish so great to see your pictures of Finland.

    Comment by Olivia — August 25, 2014 @ 14:45 | Reply

    • Ho Olivia.

      Nice to meet You here. Thank You for Your interesting comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — August 26, 2014 @ 07:26 | Reply

  39. Such beautiful scenery. How thick is the ice on the lake? I would never have guessed there was actually a lake there at all in this winter setting.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — December 10, 2015 @ 22:08 | Reply

    • Hi Carol.

      Thank You. We do not walk on the ice, before its thickness is about 10cm / 3.9in. Normally it varies up to 50cm / 19.6in. We have in winter also ice roads which shortens distances. The thickness of ice must about 30cm / 11.8in that it carries a car. Ice is harder in the beginning of winter. Under the ice cover, there are always flows and they are dangerous when walking or biking on the ice.

      It is recommended that man has to have with himself ice picks. They have saved many lives.

      Happy weekend to You.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 11, 2015 @ 13:03 | Reply

  40. There is no need to tell you how much I enjoyed your post!Phenomenal photos on the iced lake!I saw where you lived then,now you have moved houses,I know.It’s an exciting lifestyle,a different way of life.Ours in Greece is different.We are almost all year round by the sea enjoying sea skiing.Different is always interesting.I would love to ski in Finland one day,it would be gorgeous.We have experienced skiing abroad only in Austria,in some wonderful ski resorts.Are there cases where the waters are treacherous?It becomes dangerous then.By the way,do you still have the sweet dog?You didn’t mention its name.Have a wonderful day,dear Matti🙂

    Comment by DG MARYOGA — September 5, 2016 @ 15:56 | Reply

    • Hello Doda.

      Thank You. We will leave Mikkeli and move to Helsinki at the end of this month. The dog which You saw is not ours but one of some walkers.

      We were careful when it is safe to walk on frozen lake – then when many walkers walk. Because it snows in winter, snow covers lakes also. Then it is impossible to know how thick the ice is. If You want some day to ski in Finland, then visit to our Lapland (= northernmost part of Finland). There are many ski centers, which offer for visitors many kind of experiences, like husky driving.

      I show here one post more in which I present how the walking on ice season ends:

      Tracks and cracks on ice .

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 6, 2016 @ 07:44 | Reply


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