• BLOG
  • Graubünden: Pontresina

    Tieläina Kiv

    Finally got myself to Graubünden in autumn and oh boy it’s great. Not just for hiking, but also for biking and skinny dipping and cross-country skiing in winter etc. I really see the potential and understand the hype.

    Last Friday, on my last weekend of the season in Switzerland (where did the summer and autumn go?) I took the train to Pontresina (or Puntraschigna as it goes in romansch, 1805m), past Chur etc. (tip: SBB supersaver day pass). Since it’s been a great indian summer in here I just had to use the last chance and go, even though going to Graubünden for days is way better idea than my few hours. (Take a note).

    Nevertheless, when I finally arrived in Pontresina, I did a little and I really mean little hike up to the direction of Piz Languard, then to the right to Paradis – with the amazing view to Piz Bernina (4047m ) and Morteratsch glacier – and back down.

    I’ve had bit of a flu and overtrained leg, so no big adventures lately and this one wasn’t an exception. Therefore, can recommend this tour to kids and more into easy hikes kind of people as well (or well, cocktail hikes, see the signposts) – and there’s also possibility to take the lift up and/or down to Alp Languard.

    My little day tour in here, about 13km and 700m up and 700 down, 4h).

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    tiina kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Pontresina 

  • BLOG
  • Hiking In Zermatt

    Tiina Kivelä

    Quickly came to tell you a bit of my hiking in Zermatt week ago. For me the weekend was mainly work, but I managed to squeeze in few evening runs/walks and one big Sunday hike in the moody gloomy weather (the days working where nice though).

    There’s so much more in Zermatt than this and so many more good trails and especially elevations for even more awesome hikes, and for the biking as well. In other words, these aren’t anything suuuper amazing in the Zermatt scale (which reaches kinda high btw). But still, I would especially suggest checking the village of Z’mutt and the Schönbielhütte. Those were nice even in the bad weather of Sunday, when I did about 24km hike to the Schönbielhütte and back through the Z’mutt, and I can imagine how awesome they are when the big mountains and glaciers aren’t hiding behind clouds.

    For a combination tour of the same kind or the kind of a shorter evening run/hike I did (about 5km), I would suggest going up to the restaurant Edelweiss (maybe good for food and drinks too, I didn’t try so can’t say sure though) from the church and making a loop which again on a good weather would give a nice view to the Matterhorn. And on the Gornergrat side of the village, I just did a little evening walk on (apparently) amazing trails for biking too, which for once gave a nice view to the Matterhorn. In there, you might also give a try in the restaurants bit more higher  – to which you might also take the train – for me it was too late for a meal and walking further on before dark, so turned back and had about 7,5km hike.

    You may see all the loops I did in the map in here, two of them with the starting point by the Zermatt Kirche (in where you can fill your bottles easily with fresh water too) and the one on the right on the Gornergrat side starts and ends in the map at the Zermatt Youth Hostel.

    Oh, and say hi to the sheep and goats if you see them – Zermatt has a very special kind of creatures in addition to the special trails.

    Zermatt Sheep

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Zermatt 

  • BLOG
  • Where Did Summer Go?

    Tiina Kivelä

    It was right here. Summer I mean. With the very hot and dry days, quiet cities and busy hiking routes. Where did it go? Now it’s all rain and gloomy – September came with extremely September style. Which after this record warm and dry summer is not really a bad thing.

    (Can I have more coffee, please? Yes, you can leave the whole can in the table, thank you…)

    While the changing seasons, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind with life the past weeks. I’ve been to Lapland, then back to Switzerland, enjoyed these views and done a bit of this and that.

    No big adventures or bigger than life thoughts to write down, but I hope you appreciate that I came to say hi, I’m alive. I do have some great plans though, and there should be some good content here soon again. From mountains even. I promise.

    And before that, a few snapshots from August. And Bob.

    (Go to Museum für Gestaltung, Austellungstrasse 60 Zürich, if design, especially Swiss one, is of interest. You’l find Bob and this nice view – and yes, I have a thing with big museum windows.)

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where:

    Horn am Bodensee

    Museum für Gestaltung, Ausstellungsstrasse 60, Zürich

    Landesmuseum, Museumstrasse 2, Zürich