Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

This 20 days vacation you’ve probably never dreamed of. Unforgettable experience in the Karelian forests.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

The plans are really impressive – to hunt, fish and even build a new hut. All things (as a whole of 150 kg) are gathered – food, tools, a boat, netting and traps.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

The first night by the bank of the river.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Inflated boat doesn’t exactly fit in.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

This boat called “Nalim” is 4.4 m long and weights only 9.5 kg.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Though this small bay isn’t frozen, the whole river is. Just a moment before putting off.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

The first problem – how to reach the bank?

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Attempt to make the boat drifting of the ice.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Madly flailing oars helps to make a narrow water lane.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

The ice near the bank turned out to be much more harder. To leave the boat will not solve the problem, because the ice can’t hold the weight of a man.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

The only solution is to float further down the river where the course is always fast and the water isn’t frozen.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

This is the picture of that very place taken in Spring.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Suddenly under the impact of the wind the frozen layers parted for a second opening the narrow water lane which allowed the boat to successfully land.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Several minutes later the ice layers closed the lane.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

This is the place where a hunting hut was situated 15 years ago.  Now there is nothing left from it.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Extremely useful thing – a stove

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

One moment and the tea is ready.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

The framework for the future hut.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

It’s snowing and the dog got into the food box.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Temporary refuge.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

The stove in the corner, pot with water and some firewood.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Other useful things.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Morning exploration of the territory.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Small messy brooks like that one are the perfect place for minks.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

It’s time to build a real hut. A good and heavy maul is the first necessity for this work.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Digging up the ground unless it becomes frozen.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Fresh fish as a bait.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Hut resembling an aquarium turned out to be a very cosy apartment.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Plank bed inside.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Reading book in free time.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

A radio set and a large piece of bacon definitely serve to make the life better.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

At 4 p.m. it’s already dark.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Working in the darkness.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Working gloves.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

The German axe broken into two.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

The work continues.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

Wonderful dawn.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

The dog watching how the work is being done.

Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia

38 thoughts on “Unforgettable Vacation In Karelia”

  1. Damn, they were just getting started. I want to see more of these men in the wild of Karelia. This is a very impressive post, thank you for sharing these photographs and story.

      • Well my friend our two peoples are in the same situation as finns are, so we shouldnt be talking things like that to them. As for returning Karelia, that is just their dream.

  2. I was getting into it, I love that kind of stuff. But you just left it. What was the purpose of the mud hut? Housing for bears or something? Did they move into it what?

    • It may be wrong to kill animals in YOUR WORLDVIEW, but not in the worldviews of most people.

      If YOUR worldview is correct then indeed it is wrong to kill animals, but you will have to provide evidence that your worldview is the correct one, the one worldview that accurately represents reality.

  3. Fresh air and hard work. If a person did this every day they would live to be 100+ Fantastic pictures. Felt like I was there myself.

  4. Cool, i allways wonted to do something similar if possible!

    I was involved in the process of making some similar axes for export to Russia when i worked as a local blacksmiths aprentice long time ago, they are normally wery good quality and well designed tools, but the metal often act strange in cold climat.

  5. Thank you for this interesting intelligence on activities of Russians in Karelia.

    What appears to the average civilian as nothing more than two men on a camping expedition, possibly passing themselves off as two homosexuals engaged in secret love affair away from the office, is really a clever disguise.

    These men are actually Russian commandos on a scouting mission along the Finnish border. They are gathering information on waterways and paths through the forest through which Russian forces may drive tanks and trucks. If you look closely at the book one commando is reading on his plank bed, you will probably find detailed sketches of the geography.

    As an experienced analyst of such intelligence, I can see that this is evidence of Russian preparations for war against Finland. Fortunately for third-party observers, the Finns are the only Scandinavian people who actually fought in World War II, and will probably put up much more resistance to the Russians than the drunken Georgians did a few years ago. They should give us quite a show.

    Still, if I was holding much Nokia stock, I would sell it soon.

    Mahmoud A.
    Editor, Persian Journal of Intelligence Analysis

    P.S. The dog was probably beaten to death for defecating on the plank bed after eating birthday delicacies.

    • I can see that you are Canadian – a nation of people who spend much of their time “explaining” why they don’t have be as strong as the USA – so understandably you have a low self-esteem and need to lash out at others, including my mother. Why don’t you go to Tim Horton’s and enjoy a sweet roll and try to relax?

  6. looks like a great vacation! bo davis: so that they have something to do there instead of just sitting around. Also it could be used in the future by themselves/someone.

  7. As much as I wish Finnish Karelia returned to Finland. I believe this was the part of Karelia that was never part of Finland in the first place.

    • People are posting as me, using my username now??? I didn’t write that! I do wish our beautiful Finnish towns and land would be returned, however.

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