Hiljainen Kansa — Geocache of the Week

Traditional
GC1D4ZP
by woltti22
Difficulty:
1.5
Terrain:
1.5
Location:
Finland
N 65° 05.635 E 028° 54.329

 

One of the wonderful things about geocaching is how it leads you to locations you may have otherwise never heard of. Case in point: GC1D4ZP.

Today’s Geocache of the Week takes us to a remote field in northeastern Finland. As you drive along Highway 5 and look to the east, you will discover an army of over 1000 scarecrows in a field. The peaceful mob is made of wooden crosses, decorated with straw hair and bright clothes, which are refreshed twice a year.

The unusual figures are an art installation titled Hiljainen Kansa (“Quiet People” in Finnish) by dancer, choreographer, and artist Reijo Kela. They appeared just north of the town of Suomussalmi in 1994 after exhibiting in three other locations.

The trail to the cache can be quite muddy at certain times of the year, so pack your boots or prepare to go barefoot. The description says it’s small, but there’s plenty of room for SWAG and trackables if you have any to trade.

Visitors often speak of how walking amongst the figures can be calming and bring about self-reflection. A good thing when thinking about what to write in your log in addition to “TFTC”.

Hiljainen Kansa — Silent People
Hiljainen Kansa — Silent People
View from the road
View from the road
Coming closer
Coming closer
The Quiet People
The Quiet People
Different heights, clothes, and “personalities”
Geocachers can blend right in
Geocachers can blend right in
Pack your wellies!
Pack your wellies!
A birdseye view
A birdseye view
A view from the nearby cafe
A view from the nearby cafe

 

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