Hi guys, Here we are again at the Helvetinjärvi National Park, enjoying the landscape and the sunshine. I thought I’d hang out here for a while, enjoy the peace and quiet. Later on we’ll go see a cave, which has a tragic story linked to it. For now though, let’s see if I can find somewhere to hang my hammock. Reindeer lichen. I’ve been studying lichen as part of my wilderness guide studies. This species is one of my favourites. Let’s try not to crush them. Even just 15 min in a hammock does wonders. Really comfortable. Just floating here in the air. I guess we could head down now. The wind is bitter cold, it feels much colder than it actually is. At least the sunshine warms my mind, if not my body. It’s really nice up here. I always love returning to this spot. The cave is located on the other side of the lake, but we should be able to take a shortcut over the ice. I saw a group of ice-skaters earlier on. The sun has melted some of the ice on this side, but there’s a solid section up ahead. It’s nice being sheltered from icy wind, down here. We’ll be heading up again, but to a less exposed area. We’re at the cave now. You get here by walking through what looks like a corridor of large rocks and boulders. Higher up, here at the end, is a partially open space. It’s more of a recess than an actual cave. Someone brought a ladder here at some point. There’s also a small “window” over there, in the direction of the lake. The whole place is made up of large boulders and crumbled rock. Lots of cracks and crevasses. As far as caves go, this isn’t that impressive. But there’s an story related to this cave, from back in the early 1900’s. A younge woman died here then, by her own hand. The cave seems to continue down in that direction… I can see another ladder and some logs at the bottom. The gap leading there is really small, though. So there is an actual cave here, after all. Last time I was here I didn’t notice that spot. No wonder, since the gap leading down there is so small. There’s a ladder leading down, and some logs are laid out at the bottom. Perhaps water sometimes seeps into the cave. This place also goes by the name of “Sisko’s Grave” due to the tragic love story I mentioned earlier on, from the early 1900’s. A younge woman named Sisko fell in love with a man much older than her. When her brothers found out, they beat the older man up so badly, that he died. When Sisko found out what had happened, she was so devastated, that she came here to die. This is where they found her body. I find it moving because it happened here, and because of how there were no winners in this story. Of course norms and customs were different back then. Perhaps Sisko was supposed to marry another man. I don’t know all the details. It’s a really tragic story, all the same. That’s the kind of trip we had, this time. I’m going to have a bite to eat before heading back. What better way to enjoy the sunset. Stay safe, and look out for others, too. This trip ends here. We’ll continue again next time, bye!