• Bern
  • Best in Switzerland – Aareschlucht

    Tiina Kivelä

    This was soooo good. Aareschlucht (Aare Gorge) between Meiringen and Innertkirchen in Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

    For over a year I lived in Interlaken, not far (appr. 30 min by train) from this awesome place, but never visited. (Interlaken really has that kind of first world problem, that of so many cool things to do in less than an hour train ride radius that one lifetime rarely is enough for experiencing all of it.)

    But finally, this weekend, motivated by the rainy gloomy weather, we took the train from Interlaken to Meiringen and walked to the Aareschlucht, one of the best things I’ve seen in Switzerland. Or well, one of the coolest things I’ve seen in whole Europe.

    The gorge, between Meiringen and Innertkirchen in the Haslital valley, includes about 1,4k  walking path (or 2,8km if both ways) by the wild river (glacial water) and extremely cool wonders (for 9chf entrance fee).

    And now I’ll let the pics speak for themselves.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Ps.  The town on the other end of the gorge, Meiringen, is worth a stop too, with some Sherlock Holmes references and interesting history of local alpinists. Oh, and eat the meringue. Meiringen / meringue, you see…

    Where: Aareschlucht, Meiringen, Haslital, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland (map)

  • Rovaniemi – Hipster’s Paradise

    Tiina Kivelä

    That was a brief two-week visit to Finland and now I’m already back in the camp II. But before I turn this site back to the mountain lifestyle blog it also is, I present you with some snapshots from the Arctic hipster capital aka Rovaniemi.

    Just add the influencer to the Gelateria pic and the hiker with the Fjällräven backpack to the nature pics. Or an alligator, as I always imagine this kind of place to include all the scenes from the jungle book or Out of Africa.

    Except this jungle’s in the Arctic and really a tundra.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Rovaniemi, in summer

    Café Bar 21 Gelateria & Kiosk – Angry Birds Park, Valtakatu 4 / Lordi’s Square, Maakuntakatu / Open (on a good weather): mon-sat 11-20 sun 12-20

    Koivusaari Nature Trail, Sodankyläntie 137,  Open 24/7

  • Badi
  • The Lake – Oeschinensee Day Tour

    Tiina Kivelä / Hyvä retki

    ~12 km ~ ascent 900m ~descent 400m ~ 4h ~

    What can I say except that this is the best lake I’ve ever seen and dipped into. Oeschinensee in 1578m above the town of Kandersteg, in the Canton of Bern in the Swiss Alps, is kind of an Instagram celebrity by now, and definitely worth the hype.

    Just look at that colour!

    The area around the lake belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jungfrau Aletsch and offers many options for day tours as well as multiday hut tours, hochtours and few hotel and hut options to sleep in as well, during the summer season from June to September.  And it’s family friendly as well (like I’d really know anything about it, but I’ve seen many happy kids there).

    My hiking day tour (or solo hike) suggestion of the day, for the Oeschinen lake, would be to hike up from Kandersteg train station to the Oeschinensee, past Grüenewald and Östhibach. From the lake, after a picnic and maybe a dip I’d continue, the lake on the right, to the Underbärgli and Oberbärgli, from where I’d turn to the upper path leading back to Kandersteg, leaving the lake to the left side now.

    Finally, I’d take the gondola down from the upper station of the Oeschinen gondola (and maybe consider giving the rodelbahn a try too) to save my knees, before catching the train back from wherever I was going to.

    Good tour, and don’t forget your swiss suit!

    (Of course, you can always skinny dip, but I’m not sure about the Swiss laws so can’t recommend and also remember the instafame – might end up naked there. Or maybe that’s exactly your thoughts, who knows? Everything for the likes 😉 )

    Tiina Kivelä

    Where: Oeschinensee, Kandersteg, Switzerland (map)