The Finnish Word for Lake is ‘Järvi’

3 Feb

Finland is known as ‘the land of the thousand lakes’ because of the vast number of lakes that make up 10% of the country. There are around 180,000 lakes of varying size and they provide Finns with sport, food and a more moderate climate than the other northern countries. Water sports, fishing and swimming in the summer are replaced by ice-hole fishing and skiing in the winter.


There are two lakes within walking distance of Oulu University and both are great places to watch for Northern Lights. The above lake is named Kuivasjarvi and if the weather’s right take advantage of it and go for a walk or bike ride.



Most lakes in Finland freeze over in the winter and it’s normal for them to be turned into skiing paths or ice roads. Make sure you’re careful before you venture out, wait and see if a local goes out before trying it yourself! It’s incredibly dangerous to walk on a lake if it’s not fully frozen and you shouldn’t do it if you’re not sure.


This article on the Lonely Planet website gives some tips and routes to make the most of the Finnish lakes, something which I’d like to try myself before I go. I’d highly recommend a walk on a frozen lake, brush away the snow to see the clear glassy surface beneath!

Check out my other post for more pictures from this morning’s trip out.



5 Responses to “The Finnish Word for Lake is ‘Järvi’”

  1. belladonic haze February 3, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Nice! I’ve got lots of Finland on my blog…check it out! 🙂

    • saramay91 February 3, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

      Thanks for the heads up, I checked them out and they’re great! Can’t wait to see Finland in the spring/summer =)

      • belladonic haze February 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

        It’s very different. On a sunny day, everyone will be outside. 😉

  2. Wandering Justin February 8, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    That’s one of the few Finnish words I can remember … along with salo (island) of all things. If you ram the two together, you would get Jarvisalo – which would make a perfect name for a housing development in the cooler regions of the U.S. That follows our tradition of naming neighborhoods after 1) things we bulldoze to make neighborhoods or 2) cool-sounding but-not-necessarily-accurate combinations of foreign words. We laugh about all the faux-Spanish names of neighborhoods here in Arizona.

    • saramay91 February 12, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      Those are random words to remember =P
      I guess it’s true that naming something with a foreign name makes it sounds more exotic/appealing

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