It´s time to break the myths about Autumn in Finland being a miserable time of year with constant rain, darkness and excessive alcohol abuse! At least here in Hossa it´s a great time of year for people who enjoy nature and actually many things to do become even more enjoyable, as there´s less people and especially at the most remote corners of the Hossa area, the sense of the upcoming winter can be felt really strong when you´re exposed to the natural world of sound only. This brings forward a whole new aspect for being active outdoors, watching and following nature getting ready to rest after the short yet very intensive growing season of the north.
Connecting with nature and to its calming effects is highlighted and for example hiking in peaceful surroundings while admiring the colors of the Fall or canoeing on lakes surrounded by stillness are things worth experiencing. Fish are hungry as the winter approaches and they are easier to find on certain places; graylings and brown trouts can be found right next to shore in the rather deep lakes of Hossa. Using a rowboat on these clear-watered lakes brings some more freedom of course and is great by itself but for example the beautiful brown trout below was caught simply by casting a small, sinking wobbler from the shore on one of the lakes of Hossa on the 13th of October.
Hunting is an integral part of Autumn up here. Moose hunting begins on the last weekend of September and grouse season on the 10th of September lasting until the end of October. Vast wilderness areas of Hossa attract many hunters each year and it´s easy to get the licenses from the Forest department as there´s plenty of government owned land in the area. Hunting birds with a barking dog is one the most traditional ways to hunt and Hossa Travel feels very privileged to have been able to provide these experiences to many thrill seeking foreign hunting guests!
The weather has been very favorable for spending time outdoors this Fall and there´s been plenty of exceptionally beautiful days.. The mushroom season was outstanding and quite good amounts of lingonberries were found too so there´s plenty of wild edibles harvested and preserved for the upcoming winter.
It´s time to look into next year and cherish the memories of these nice Autumn days and experiences and wait for the next! Autumn sure is unnecessarily denigrated as a time of year to travel to Finland and I hope this post can break that conception. Weather changing from hazy, rainy afternoons to completely bright, sunny mornings and the landscapes characterized by stillness are the characteristics of the Autumn of Hossa.