Harakka in Autumn : Chapter 4

It’s time for the next chapter in Ice Swimmer’s series.

Chapter 4 – Sunday in the North of Harakka

Small Concrete Building ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

This concrete shed is on the northeastern corner of the island.

Uunisaari ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

Looking northwest gives us a view of Uunisaari. While Harakka is accessible basically on summer for most people. Uunisaari is better accessible in the winter, because the pontoon bridge to Uunisaari is only in place during winter. However, a boat does go to Uunisaari in summer.

The small bridge in the left is the one connecting the two halves of Uunisaari, which is actually two islands, unless the sea level is very low.

Stairs ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

Pulley ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

The stairs connect the less steep eastern and more steep western shore in the north. The rusty pulley was there near the stairs, amid wild strawberry plants.

Uunisaari and Mainland ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

A view towards the mainland and Uunisaari from the cliffs in the north of Harakka. The red boat is a search and rescue boat.

Artists’ Building from the North ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

In the summer, the paths here were almost overgrown. To the left is the path to the western shore.

Trees and Sunshine ©Ice Swimmer, all rights reserved

This was a tour of the north of the island Harakka. In the next installment, we are going west, revisiting some familiar places and exploring further on the western cliffs.

Harakka in Autumn: Chapter 3 (link to previous post)


  1. rq says

    Love the fifth for its colour, nice to see that shade of light, too.
    Second favourite: last photo. Mysterious yet cheerful path to follow? Yes, please!

  2. Ice Swimmer says

    Thank you, all.

    I think the concrete shed has something to do with the undersea cables between Harakka and mainland.

    We’ll see what’s on the other end of the path in the last picture in the next part.

    The woods in Harakka are fairly small, it’s a small island (8 hectares/20 acres, longest dimension circa 500 m/550 yd), but as you have already seen, there are a lot of different features on that small rocky hill peeking out of the sea.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    Lofty @ 4

    There is a little tractor on the island and some carts and wheelbarrows, but apart from that, yeah, no vehicles. And the sea ice probably won’t be strong enough for walking this winter (if it ever is around Harakka), let alone for cars.

  4. Nightjar says

    My favourite is the last one, but I also love the stairs with the sunshine in the corner. The light is lovely in all of them.

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