Somewhere in the marshy forests before Kajaani runs an invisible border, the watershed. From this line the water no longer flows southwards, but to the northwest in the Gulf of Bothnia. In earlier days the natural waterways developed into trade routes, on which, above all, the wood tar produced in the east was transported to the coast and shipped to all of Europe. The narrowing in Kajaani was overcome with a sluice, just as wide as the slender tar boats. The largest of them were able to load 20-30 tons of cargo.
The Oulujärvi is one of Finland’s largest lakes. The island of Manamansalo divides it into two halves. After it has become quite hot in the course of the day, we can do without the heating and look for a place for the night. But even if the road around the island always leads along the water, you do not have to see the lake. Since the asphalt road has turned into a unpaved gravel road, we are glad when the round is finally over. And lo and behold, lastly we find a great place.
It is the time of the “White Nights”, it is hardly getting dark, and the full moon can almost not be seen. But photography makes it possible!
The “Road of the Tar” leads directly to the coast.
The forest floor is covered with reindeer lichen. We do not see reindeer, but many elk warning signs, so there must be some!
From time to time we catch a glimpse of the river Oulujoki, which, on its 106km long way from the lake to the mouth, crosses 125m of incline. Previously, the dangerous rapids were for the tar boats, now the river is tamed by means of barrages and also provides clean energy this way.