Book of nature
My home village, Äkäslompolo, has always been popular with nature travelers. The fells and forests surrounding the village invite you to ski and hike.
Alongside traditional sports, there are many new modes of exercise and moving in nature. Cross-country cafes, paths and trails are no longer the property of skiers and hikers, nowadays electric bikes, freestyle skiers and snowshoeers can come your way just as often.
New means of transport create new routes and new opportunities. A journey in nature consists of small things. A good rule of thumb is “look but not touch” – especially in the summer. The footprint of the snowshoe in the snow doesn’t weigh much and the free skier in the powder either. But the fat bike on delicate heather plants is another thing.
Nature gives us a lot, but needs a lot right now. Small gestures are needed to keep nature – our sanctuary – pleasant for everyone to walk and watch.
Pave Maijanen sings in his song about yearning: “Like a small fairy tale you believed in as a child, lost is its glow completely. Or like a beautiful landscape that maybe never even existed. ”
To avert the yearning and to maintain the glow, we must move wisely in nature and give space to nature and not to man.