The charm of the fells
Hommalinna located halfway of the Hetta-Pallas mountain chain, in southern Enontekiö. Next to the cottage lies a little lake, Hommajärvi, and a magnificent mountain scenery opens behind the lake.
In Pallas mountains the altitude differences between the mountain peaks and surrounding landscape are greatest in Finland. The peaks of the mountains extend to a height of 700-800 metres, and the peaks draw an irresistible attraction.
“On the mountains I have to go, the blood pulls there….”
The verses of Finnish poetic, Yrjö Jylhä, rises often in the mind, when the magic of Fells makes me again and again pack up the backpack, put the skis to the feet and start skiing towards the white, round shaped peaks.
Or, in the springtime, marvel the flowers growing up and opening brigt colored blooms just after the snow melts. In the summer, listening to the arctic birds, and sometimes mosquitos, that although at the windy top, are often quiet.
And in autuum, the twigs and flowers on the fells burst into incredible colour, until the first snow covers the fall colors.
The backpack should always be packed with some extra clothing and eating. The weather on the fells changes rapidly and it’s wise to be prepared for the fact that the magic of the fells will attract longer than you planned.
The dawn and the evening colours sometimes cause the fells glow in incredible shades. Not to mention the blue twilight of polar night or the Northern Lights above the quiet peaks in the hot freezing temperatures.
Here are some tidbits from the slopes of the fells and the Lakeside of Hommajärvi and Vuontisjärvi.
Skiers dreams come true: Draw new track into soft powder snow. The slopes of Pallas are sufficient, and off-pistes can also be reached from the ski-lift, of course you can also skin further to find the perfect powder.
Behind Pyhäkero rises Taivaskero, the highest peak of Pallas. The photo is from October 2016, when the first snow covered the peaks with white veil. Pictures are from the parking lot of the Pallas Valley midway from Raattama to Pallasjärvi. Many times this has been the place to say goodbye to these landscapes at the begininning of travelling to home.
Evening and Morning glow on lakeside. You can also enjoy this kind of glow from the cottage window. Many times that brilliance forces you to pull the shoes on your feet and run to the lake shore where the trees do not disturb the views.
The Northern Lights above the mountains.