Antti takes a walk down the memory lane and unveils the best trips and the best memories of the 2020 in the special, holiday report from the Posio hills! #posiohillsintwoyears “As far back as I remember, I have dreamed of living one year surrounded by nature. The dream came true this year in Posio. The highlights of the year have been the signs of changing seasons. In the dead of winter, clear skies often meant temperatures below minus twenty. Later in the spring, sunshine meant warmth. Last snow melt in June. Before the mosquitoes spawned few weeks into the summer, spending a day outside was easy to enjoy. The summer is not remembered by the large number of mosquitoes as much as the incredible crop of cloudberries. The mosquitoes disappeared in August and the leaves from the trees in October. The autumn felt longer than the summer. The pitch dark November turned into a white December. Which of the Posio hills do I recommend for observing the changing seasons?

1. Soilunvaara. Many have visited the Riisitunturi National Park’s Riisitunturi hills. Just a little north of them is the Soilunvaara hill. It’s best visited in the winter by skis. To avoid deterioration of the nature, walking outside the marked routes is not recommended

2. Lavavaara is also in the national park. It can be accessed in the summer by well maintained gravel roads. There are small streams of water flowing down from the hills and beautiful little cliffs.

3. Kärryvaarat are in the southern Posio. The views open up to the right direction to enjoy a nice sunset during the autumn foliage. You can see some larger lakes and little villages from the hills.

4. Teuronvaarat are partly used for forestry but you can feel like being deep in the wilderness when visiting them. I visited Teuronvaarat in the spring when skiing season was at its very end.

5. Kirintövaara is where my home is. I have skied and walked to the top of it many times. You can get near to the lean-in-shelter at the top of the hill by car. You can see the Kuoppavaara, Matalavaara, Karitunturit from the lean-in-shelter. The hills are along marked routes and worth a visit!”