Nightless night hike

Experience midnight brightness in a mystical swamp sketch



Forssa, Finland
Available in Finnish and English
2 hours
15 spots per experience
June


What are we going to do

The summer solstice is the night when the sun does not set at all, but just goes behind the trees for a moment and the landscape becomes blurred. I invite you to join us to witness this 24-hour change to Torronsuo.

The atmosphere of a nightless night in a large swamp is a magical and definitely worth experiencing moment in life. The swamp offers experiences to all senses in the summer night, and the obscurity creates its own specialty and a little sense of excitement for hiking.

The wish is sunny and bright summer weather, but of course there is no guarantee of seeing the sunset and rise. The atmosphere is still unique with its scents, sounds, feelings and landscape, no matter what the weather.

About Vihreät Tassut -Tarja Jaakkola - the Doer

“A green shirt flashes through the willow branches. I can hear the sounds of silent splashing and scuffle. I press myself lower in the underbrush, behind the willow tree. I move my foot; it slips down into an underwater dent and I suddenly have water up to my knee. A muskrat hole. The hem of my skirt gets soaked. Grandma thinks girls should wear skirts but this is why one shouldn’t wear shoes. One pair of wellies has already been lost in the muskrat’s clutches. The sedges and mud under bare feet feel cold. Suddenly someone smacks into me from behind. I fall face first into the water. I hear the taunts and ‘neener’ from behind me as I spit peat out of my mouth. Dammit. Next time I must be careful and move more quietly. My clothes are soaked but it doesn’t matter. We climb on top of the boulders on the shore which are spotted with seagull droppings to sit and dry our clothes. Chatting and planning the next make-believe games. The large spruce trees in the shoreline forests seem tempting. We decide to climb as high up as we can. Lets go! Bare toes are the best for climbing; the resin is easier to wash off from your heels than your shirt. The rough bark crunches nicely and feels warm after the cool lake water. The birds escape from the trees; a squirrel scuttles further away from us. Grandma treads the yard down below.

The branches create a green, leafy haven. A secret hideout. Here we are safe from everything; friends together. Blue sky glints beyond the foliage. Birds soar through the wide blue expanse; it calls to us too. We climb higher and not a single thought is spared for how we’re to climb back down. It’s not important. There’s always a way down; that much we’ve learned. Only the way up is what matters. The goal. The dream.”

This is probably where it all started, the summers spent at grandma’s, who knows? Studies, as well as common sense, tell us that the nature relationship one has as a child has positive effects also later in life. Nature gives a sense of importance, strength and wellbeing. Nature amazes, time after time, with its incredible diversity. I became a wilderness guide and nature teacher. I love this experience guide job i have now been doing eight years. I love to show others what nature can be and what it means to me and all of us.

Requirements

We do not recommend an excursion for young children. Also note that we walk in the dark with duckboards, so be prepared with sturdy shoes and a good balance.

Bring a warm shirt or jacket and a bottle of water and, if you wish, snack if you plan to sit down for the summer night at the campfire. It may also be a good idea to take the headlight on your way.

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