• HUNDSHORN 2928 m.ü.M

    Hundshorn Swiss Alps Tiina Kivelä

    Good days like last Saturday start with a message in the middle of the night: remember the ice axe! And then they continue with the following recipe:

    Where: Hundshorn 2928 m.ü.M.

    First, take the train from Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen and change there to the Grütschalpbahn cableway. Then at Grütschalp change to the train to Mürren, from where you should take the cable car up to Schilthorn and follow the ridge to Hundshorn. On your way, you get a nice alpine panorama from the train, and you may also spot Mont Blanc when up if and when the weather is as good as it was for us.

    But remember the ice axe, when December. Crampons are also good idea. And the most important ingredience: good compay.


    FI: Seuraa: resepti hyvään päivään vuorilla. Viesti perjantai-iltana: muista jäähakku! Minne: Hundshorn 2928 m. Tälle huipulle pääsee suht helposti (varsinkin kun sattuu asumaan Interlakenissa) nappaamalla junan Interlakenista Lauterbrunneniin, jossa vaihto Grütschalp gondoliin juna-aseman nurkilla. Gondolin ylä-asemalta voit hypätä junaan ja ihailla yhtä parhaista alppipanoraamoista matkalla Mürreniin, jossa edelleen siirryt Schilthorniin vievään gondoliin. Huipulla voit sitten vaihtaa turistivaihteelta sekkailijavaihteelle ja tasapainoilla muutaman tunnin harjannetta pitkin määränpäähän Hundshornille, ja takaisin ennen auringon laskua ja viimeistä gondolia alas.

    Joulukuussa mukaan kannattaa myös ottaa jäähakku, jääraudat tai sukset. Ja hyvällä säällä katse kannattaa pitää katse horinsontissa, jossa voi hyvällä säällä bongata jopa Mont Blancin. Ja tärkein ainesosa? Hyvä seura. Lähden tämän tyypin kanssa vuorille milloin vain uudelleen.


  • BLOG

    Tiina Kivelä

    It’s the ski season now, meaning early wake up calls even in the weekends, when the first or at least the second train up is a must. For two weekends we had the perfect winter, with powder runs and postcard landscapes. After this the snowing ended and we’ve continued with the sunniest December of my experience. With Föhn winds and sunny, but cold, days. One day you may hike and have the routes almost only for you, and the sunny terrasses on the southern faces too. And then the next day you may ski, take some artificial snow turns (quite an impressive system they have here, btw) and then stop by for a hot chocolate (or nap) at the start bar terrasse (start for the Lauberhorn downhill) or just next to it. And if the timing is right, you may see others go flying.

    Then you take the train back town. At the house, heating doesn’t work and it’s many times bit too noisy and smoky for my Finnish taste. And in the end of the month it’s almost impossible to make the ends meet, no matter how cost effectively I try to live. And almost every moment, I miss someone, hoping they (you) would be here too. But still I have to say; I love my life. What else I could say, when surrounded with this beauty and hospitality. If I wouldn’t, that would be just ungrateful. I’ve lived now exactly six months here and I hope life gives me many many more. And well, apartment with working radiator. Or fireplace. Or sauna. *Santa, do you hear me?

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    * Did you know that today is the 99th Independence Day of Finland? Well, now you do.

    Happy birthday, dear homeland. You aren’t my home anymore, but I’m so thankful for so many thinks you’ve given me, starting from independence and freedom. 

    Without you I wouldn’t be here. 



    Hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää, isänmaa ja äidinkieli Suomi. Ja hyvää puolivuotispäivää Sveitsi. Tyttärellänne menee ihan hyvin nykyisessä kodissaan, varsinkin näin talvikaudella (johon ei sisälly kaamosta). Lappilainen sisu paikkaa ne aukot, mitä melkein täydelliseen sveitsielämään sisältyy, kuten piiiiiiitkät työpävät, pienet palkat ja lyhyet lomat, olemattomat sisälämmitykset ja lähes jatkuvan ikävän.

    Olen tässä muuten miettinyt, että ikävä on yksi suomen kielen viehättävimmistä sanoista, jolle ei esimerkiksi englannista löydy suoraa vastinetta. Ihana, outo, hassu. Suomi.


  • BLOG
  • Seasons Change In Augsmatthorn

    Tiina Kivelä

    Yesterday was the first time I met these fellas, Alpensteinbocke (Alpine ibex) in their natural environment near Augsmatthorn. Or well, for me first time wherever. And what a day it generally was, though they were definitely the highlight, exceeding expectations, posing there like trying to own the Graubünden ones famous for their YouTube..

    But first; look at the frost! Winter is coming, at least in the Alps. I smelled the cold, I could feel the winter and that, if something, makes me feel home. Yes, I am strange; my comfort zone is ice and snow and cold, and I can’t wait for the ski season. And I shouldn’t need to say that northface is my kind of face, always, it’s just natural that when winter is calling, I must go. So there I was yesterday, waking up early to catch up with the first signs of winter and almost the first bus to Habkern, this cute little village nearby Interlaken. The 9h hike itself became something else than cute in the end, but that’s another story which I’ll tell you later. Let’s concentrate on the frost and steinbocks first.

    After hiking up from Habkern and the frosty northface of Augsmatthorn, balancing further on the narrow and slippery mountain ridge, I stumbled into the^ jolly Alpine ibex* fellas (alpensteinbocke). I guess they understood their Instagram potential very well, posing with Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau in the background, some snoring, some seeming to think they had stumbled into wrong crowd themselves. This area around Lombach (part of Emmental, yes the cheese, alps) acts as kind of a reserve for them, species once almost disappeared from the planet* and therefore it’s extra nice to see them in their natural environment. Which also made me think (during soloing 9h one really had time to think) that when you are wild, your changes seeing other wild things are higher. And that if we all would be this wild, we wouldn’t need zoos… Or gyms either.


    Hike: Habkern Post – Augsmatthorn – Hardergrat – Harder Kulm – Unterseen – Interlaken, about 9h 

    Postbuss 106 Interlaken West – Habkern 2,60 CHF with Half -Fare Travel Card by SwissPass (Halbtax). 


    *After being extirpated from most areas by the 19th century, the Alpine ibex was successfully reintroduced to parts of its historical range and all individuals living today descend from the stock in Gran Paradiso National Park in Aosta Valley and from the neighbouring French valley of Maurienne(Wikipedia)

    Tiina Kivelä