I love photographing stunning views and listening to the rapids' sound simultaneously. Myllykoski is the only place in Finland where I was able to do both, along with capturing a cozy cabin. It was extraordinary, as I was lucky enough to witness slices of ice rolling around underneath frozen water.
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How to get there
N66° 15' 37.206"E29° 24' 52.092"
This photo was taken at Myllykoski Rapids on The Little Bear's Trail. Although there are clear paths and stairs, it is quite a challenge to get there during winter due to the icy ground.
You have two options to get here.
Option 1 (shortest way):
Take Myllykoskentie Road and drive to Myllykoskentie 30 to park your car. You will see the trailhead right there, but remember that it's not the official start. I took this road because it's a faster way to get to the spot. The parking lot is a very small one here.
Option 2 (via Little Bear's Trail):
I'd recommend doing this if you're not very confident. This is the official route and there are more evident signs along the way. First, you must get to "The Little Bear's Trail" or "Pieni Karhunkierros." You can get there by taking Juumantie Road. You will see a parking lot right there. In winter, there's usually enough space for everyone.
After you've parked, it will be a 0.9-mile walk to the start of the trailhead. You will see signs for "The Little Bear's Trail" or "Pieni Karhunkierros. Follow the main trail until you see the cabin. When you reach the suspension bridge, go right instead of crossing it. Shortly, you'll see an empty area where you can see the cabin and the cliff where I took this shot.
I stood on that little cliff to take this photo of the cabin and the moving slices of ice. This spot is sometimes taken by other photographers, and can only fit one person, so make sure to arrive well before sunset to be able to shoot at the right time.
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