Whether you like it or not the summer is turning to its end and it’s time to think back to summer trips of this year. I made a couple of trips abroad – and more than a couple of domestic trips. Since for me summer is the time for domestic travel.
The Finnish lakeland is my number one summer destination and I mainly prefer spending sunny summer days on my favorite reflecting lake, Lake Näsijärvi in Western Finland.
On the top of the Näsijärvi waterway: Virrat
This post shows you how a Finnish lake just like a mirror reflects the beauty of the nature. These Lake Näsijärvi reflections really make my summer boating days something to look forward to.
Lake Näsijärvi is one of Finland’s 187 000 lakes and the 16th in size, its waterway extending all the way to Virrat in the north. A perfect lake for boating!
Lake Näsijärvi on the Map
So this is the southern and central part of Finland and you can see Lake Näsijärvi marked on the map. To get a closer look on the lake zoom in the map and you’ll see the lake more in detail.
Näsijärvi has the city of Tampere at the south end and the communities of Ruovesi, Vilppula and Virrat further north along the waterway. In all the waterway is about 120 km long.
So now we’ll have a look at Lake Näsijärvi reflections, and let me begin with the reflections of Tampere:
Lake Näsijärvi Reflections
In Tampere, I am walking on the pier and dreaming the summer back.
I can see the Näsinneula tower upside down in the dark water.
All ferries are parked in the harbor for the winter.
And one of them has the same name as the lake.
They already closed the amusement park for winter.
Let’s take the boat and set off, and dream back the summertime.
What was it like and where did we go?
This is the Aunessilta stone bridge that brings you to the Paarlahti fjord, 10 km in length.
The lake is calm and beautiful. This is what summertime is made of!
A boat reflecting in the lake surface is a sign of summer.
You drive your boat slowly, it’s easy, you just follow the well-marked boat route.
And, at the same time, look at the reflections!
This is Mustalahti bay in the north of the waterway.
Yes, there are beautiful bays for short side trips. Imagine staying in this farmhouse…
…or in this cottage, right by the lake!
You can see boat reflections…
and there are bends and turns…
Virrat harbor has a row of red wooden boat sheds.
And the reflections of these boat sheds look so beautiful.
You can step ashore and get a view of the sheds from the beach park.
Some of them are leaning but they all are still in use.
Old or new, they all look so good…
… even in a thunderstorm.
The northern waterway has some high bridges.
And swans make their nests in the sea grass.
The old S/S Tarjanne is still going strong, after more than 100 years in route traffic.
My little motor boat certainly has more to think about in summer storms than the Tarjanne.
This is Ruovesi boat harbor with good guest piers and dining options – a great place to stop at.
And the Tarjanne calls at Ruovesi too.
This is the jetty where you park your boat while waiting your turn to the Murole canal.
Time to enter!
Hold the ropes when the water is raised
If there is route traffic you’ll have to let them go first.
Lake Näsijärvi is a dream spot for photographers…
… at least where the rock paintings are.
These rocks don’t have any paintings, this is one of our picnic islands.
Island hopping is the best part of lake trips.
For us, camping on small isolate islands is real luxury.
You can watch the sunset.
After the sunset it’s getting dark(er). Time to prepare for the night and take the mosquito nets.
After the sunset the nature gets a different color.
Maybe the time after sunset is even more beautiful than the sunset.
The midnight lake really reflects everything, in dark colors…
… until the night mist appears.
Later at night the air gets all blue.
Can you see how blue it all is?
The blue and white colors of Finland, 100 years in 2017!
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