Hetehaltijan lumous (The Gnome’s Enchantment), circles the Salla fells
The places you see along this trail feature curious names and incredible beauty.
The place names evoke many questions: There are often ponds at the foot of fells. Why are these ones called Tunturilammet (fell ponds)? How did Kylmähete (Cold quagmire) get its name? Aren’t all quagmires cold? What is so evil about Pahakuru (Evil gully)? The places you see along this trail feature curious names and incredible beauty.
The trail takes you through variable terrain that gets your imagination going: pine forests, dry heath forests, spruce forests, the edge of a pond, the side of a bog, ditches and gullies. It takes you to the other side of the Salla fells, towards the mysterious Aatsinginhauta trench and the Russian border. If you’re lucky, it will also bring you back.
The past and its mystique. Quagmires and gnomes. Nature and enchantment. As you walk along in the middle of nowhere, you can stop to think about the secrets of Salla’s ancient history that are unlikely to ever be solved.
This is a place that has always been full of fairytales and stories. You can stop at the Pahakuru campfire site to tell stories to your hiking partner, preferably something a bit mysterious...
When you see your face on the surface of the quagmire, you understood how small and limited you truly are. When you have tasted the ancient water of the quagmire and breathed in the ancient air of the fell, you realise the unlimited nature of your imagination.
Trail difficulty rating
Services on the trail:
The trail is marked by red square signs. There is a lean-to at Kaippahanoja in Tunturilampi and a hut in Kylmähete. A campfire site is available in Pahakuru. The trail crosses a few dikes that provide a source of water. There are also several ponds that can be used as a source of water for boiling.
Trail conditions, related risks and recommended equipment
The trail and signposts are fairly clear. The terrain is uneven and rocky in places, and there are a few steep sections. The wettest spots have duckboards. Recommended footwear: in the summer season, hiking boots or rubber boots.
Description of the natural environment
The trail crosses various types of terrain including commercial forests, dry heath forests, more wilderness-like spruce-dominated forests and bogs. The Kylmähete area is more wilderness-like. There are magnificent dry pine forests in Pahakuru.
Description of the cultural environment
Wilderness and fell landscapes.
Located in the Sallatunturi fell area. Starts from Sallatunturi Fell Centre (behind spa hotel Holiday Club Salla or at the foot of the northern slope) with signposts pointing the way to the trail.
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