Where no airfields exist

A Saturday trip to Lake Oulujärvi

On Saturday, the 22nd of March, we departed to Lake Oulujärvi with three aircrafts. Lake Oulujärvi is one of the largest lakes in Finland, located approximately 80km east of the city of Oulu.

A large island, Manamansalo, splits the lake in two main pools. The island itself is known of its beaches and pine forests and is a popular place for camping. We landed in front of a small harbour and went for a warm coffee in the local village store.


Martinlahti 1Martinlahti 2
OH-POK (PA-18 Mod), OH-XLS (C152 Mod), OH-U345 (STOL CH-701)


The guys continued further east but I decided to return as sun was melting our runway and as I’m flying on plain skis only, gotta find some snow..
On my way back I had a stop and a few touch-and-go’s at EFVL, which is an old WWII airbase with 800m gravel runway.


EFVL Airport
OH-U345 at EFVL ”apron”


The spring is approaching, thousands of swans had arrived to River Oulujoki (the small white dots)
River Oulujoki - Muhos