Where no airfields exist

Aug 2014

Oulu-Suomussalmi-Posio-Oulu 3.8.2014

On Sunday, 3.8.2014 we took off once again from our sea plane base at the Martinhovi Shore and flew our STOL 701 to Suomussalmi, close to the Russian border.
My co-pilot, Niklas, visited his grandparents and stayed there while I continued north to Posio to visit the Lake Livojärvi.
Lake Livojärvi is a Fabulous place with miles of soft sand and beaches. Crystal clear warm water, what a place to stop for a swim in a day like this.

The pilots right after take off

The pilots a few minutes later….

Lake Kiantajärvi ahead!
Lake Kiantajärvi ahead

Co-Pilot has docked the plane - now its time for some swimming :)

On The Way to Unknown
On the way to unknown… Never flown this route before and no idea of the landing spots…

Forests and swamps
Forest and swamps…..

Forests Swamps and Lakes
Forest and swamps and lakes….

Small creeks
Forest and swamps and lakes and small creeks...

The further north you get the less flat is the landscape… This hilltop is part of the Syöte National Park. The hill is called ”Pyhitys” and its the highest top in the park area reaching up to 422m ASL

After about one hour of flying - Lake Livojärvi ahead, behind; Lake Kitkajärvi and in the horizon the Fell Riisitunturi.

Livo Beach
The 701 resting on the Livo beach while the pilot is enjoying swimming.

Posio City
10 minutes further north is the Posio village, a gas station is located on the shore with a small beach to land for refuel.

Evening trip to Sand Bank 2.8.2014

Sand Bank is a sand bank :) in the Gulf of Bothnia located approximately 20km west from our sea plane base. It’s only about 10 minutes flight so it’s easy to reach. Great place for swimming and camping.
Surrounded by nothing but sea apart from a few stones access is only possible when the sea is calm enough. I’ve always approached the sand bank from northern side as do all the boats too but from the air it seems possible to approach also from the southern side if the water is high enough. We do not have the tide here but the wind actually makes water to go up or down surprisingly much.

Enjoy the photos!

U345 and the pilot at Sand bank

Sunset at Sand band

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