湛蓝的水上迷宫A MAZE OF LAKES

河湖纵横,岛屿与运河穿插其间,森林与丘脊散落四处——这座蓝色迷宫绵延数百公里,风光无限美好。来到湖区,就如同进入了芬兰心脏地带。 Crossing rivers, starry islands, endless forest and mountain ranges…this is the scenic lake district of Finland, a maze of lakes in the heart of the country.

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Enquiring as to where the national spirit of Finland originates, one has to mention the dense forest, the mountain ranges, and unmistakably the sparkling, crystal-clear lakes in the centre of the country. A journey to the lake district is an adventure to discovere the soul of the Finnish.

Two colours spring into your eyes if you choose to drive around the country: blue and green. Hundreds and thousands of azure blue lakes are companied by endless ranges of green forest, and henceforth entitle the nation with the moniker “Land of a Thousand Lakes”. In fact, the title is too humble to be true – there are altogether 188,000 lakes in Finland. From the urban area around Helsinki to the Inari of Lapland, blue lakes are literally everywhere.

JOY UPON THE LAKE

Finns have always thought of themselves closely related to water, which is also a source of income for many of them. The biggest lake Saimaa located in south-eastern Finland, consists of 4,380 square kilometres of lake and narrow canals. Most of the lake is spotted with islands, on which reside the endangered freshwater Saimaa ringed seal.

Hopping on a comfortable cruise ship to tour around the inland canals is definitely the most relaxing way to appreciate the natural wonders of Finland. The famous Olavinlinna castle is built upon one of the islands in Saimaa.

Sailing and camping are the best ways to tour around the lake area. If you are a fan of canoeing, then visit the canoeing-friendly Linnansaari National Park!

SAUNA IS LIFESTYLE

AThe Finns not only reside in the lake areas, but also build countless sauna rooms and houses beside the water.

芬兰民族精神最为重要的发源地之一就是葱郁的森林、起伏的山丘和覆盖着芬兰中部大部分地区波光粼粼的湖泊。而前往湖区的旅行,就如同是进入芬兰民族灵魂深处的一次旅程。假如你开车游览芬兰,就会发现两种主要的颜色:蓝色和绿色。森林景观中点缀着一片片水域,有些地区则正好相反,湖泊景观中点缀着树林。如此众多的湖泊,使芬兰赢得了“千湖之国”的美誉。事实上,这只是轻描淡写的比拟,因为芬兰共有18.8万个湖泊。从首都赫尔辛基周围的都市区到拉普兰的伊纳里(Inari),纯净澄蓝的湖泊到处都是。

最大湖泊纯净自然

芬兰人觉得自己和水有着千丝万缕的联系,水也是许多芬兰人生计的来源。芬兰东部的湖区内坐落着塞马湖,那是芬兰最大的湖泊,它是一个由4380平方公里互相连接的湖泊和狭长的水道组成错综复杂的系统,其间点缀着上千个岛屿。这里也是世界濒危物种塞马湖环斑海豹栖息的地方。

搭乘舒适的游船游览芬兰的内陆水道,是放松自己并投入大自然的好方法。你可以驾着帆船驶入芬兰历史。奥拉维城堡就坐落在塞马湖的一座小岛上。如果幸运的话,你甚至还能在城堡内听上一曲咏叹调。

若是自己划船和野营,那是尽情游览湖区的绝妙方式。如果你想计划一次独木舟之旅的话,就去林纳萨利国家公园吧,在那里还能租借独木舟。

The “water-oriented” lifestyle becomes evident if you take a look at the map of the country – in such a land surrounded by water, it’s never boring to get close to the flowing liquid.

What’s a mökki? mökki is a summer cottage on a lake island. It’s serene. It’s soothing. It’s the full embrace of tranquil water and refreshing air. It’s like nothing else, but gives you everything you ask.

Finland’s numerous lake areas give birth to the mökkis – also known as the treasure of the Finns. Whenever vacation time comes, local families rush to the mökkis. Here you can immerse your feet in the cool water, relax yourself in an hour-long gaze at the view around. This is a private moment reserved for you only: plunge yourself into nature!

FUN ON THE ISLAND JEWELS

The islands in the lake district are like a charming piece of jewellery. The thousands of gems and pearls compose a colourful picture of livelihood and maritime culture. Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, is also one of the places that enamours visitors with oceanic charisma.

Beaches, handicraft markets, town activities, cafes, boutique shops… Coastal towns in Finland are as picturesque as any other travel resorts in the summertime.

During vacation, Finns often escape from the madding crowd and spend some quality time with close friends or family members. In summer, they head for lakeside villas, boating, canoeing, fishing, barbeque…and unquestionably taking sauna baths and swimming, which are regular activities during their vacation.

In winter, however, the frozen lake surface becomes another landscape for fun: skating and snow-biking. Ice fishing is also popular, especially during early spring. For adventurers, dig a hole in the lake and plunge into the icy water – if you dare.

In conclusion, the mysterious Northern European country never disappoints you in any season – it’s exceptionally gorgeous, breathtakingly charming, and incredibly pure.

水屋桑拿 依水而居

水是芬兰人生活的重要组成部分。芬兰人不仅在湖区安家,而且还有数以百万计的桑拿房和小木屋近水而建。芬兰人喜爱靠水而居的生活,看看地图就明白了——在这样一个“水乡”,与水亲近是最自然不过的了。

芬兰湖区的度假小屋(Mökki)在我心中是首水乡恋歌。初相逢,让人遗忘都市,忘却喧嚣;再聚首,依旧云淡风轻,倍感惬意。身处清新木屋,为湖光倒影环绕,清脆鸟鸣点缀其间。

芬兰拥有广袤而连绵的湖区,散布在湖滨林间的是芬兰人眼中的传家宝:度假小木屋。当缤纷的假日到来,一家人就会带着美丽心情,在湖滨小屋悠闲地度假。在木板上,把双脚浸在湖水里,只感到皮肤清爽,身心舒畅。稍一抬头,就能看到绿树倒影,湖面上还摇曳着两三艘垂钓小船的倒影。此时,尽享返璞归真之感,醉心于大自然的魅力吧!

湖区小岛缤纷乐趣

湖区串联起来的小岛犹如大小玉珠,一个个可爱迷人。在芬兰湖区,这样的小岛何止千万。岛上人家闲散的生活和浓重的海洋文化气息,是本地区的重要特色。芬兰首都赫尔辛基同样散发着海滨城市的魅力。

海滩、手工艺品集市、小镇文化活动、咖啡馆、乡村小店——芬兰滨海城镇在夏季里尤其生机盎然。

在假期里,芬兰人喜欢远离喧嚣和繁华城市,与朋友和家人共度时光。夏天,芬兰人退隐到湖畔别墅,在湖里划船、划独木舟、钓鱼、烧烤,当然还免不了蒸桑拿和游泳,这是他们在湖畔放松休闲的常规内容。

而冬季,冰封的湖面成了溜冰或雪地摩托的游乐场。冰上垂钓也是人气休闲活动,尤其是在阳光重新出现的初春时节。渴望挑战极端的话,凿个冰洞跳进冰冷的湖水里,也够刺激的了。

总之,这个谜一般纯净的北欧国度,无论春夏秋冬,总会让你深深迷恋于它的超然卓越、它的气度不凡、它的纯美清新。

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