Mielikinmetsä

Municipality: Orimattila
Protection year: 2010
Area protected: 10 ha

When you turn off from the forest road and step into the Mielikinmetsä Forest in Niinikoski, you feel that you enter a different world. The southern part of the forest is so closed and shadowed that you could expect to meet some mythical characters there; after all, the forest was named after a figure in The Kalevala, the national epic of Finland. This mysteriousness is increased by the creaking noise from the trees leaning against each other and the wind sighing high. Because the forest is so thick, it feels like it is larger than the eleven hectares, which it covers. There are fallen trees lying all over the forest, but there are paths between them leading to the northern part of the forest, which is called Kennankallio.

Climbing up along the slope, the spruce-dominated forest becomes lighter with the type of the tree stand becoming completely different as you reach the top: there are numerous shield-barked pines reaching towards the sky there. Some of them look interesting with their twined branches with some of them standing dead and many of them having hollows in their trunks. Several hectares of the ground is covered with bilberry growth, which offered plenty of sweet bilberries in the summer of 2010.

Näin löydät Mielikinmetsään

Orimattilan kirkolta liikutaan itään Niinikosken keskustaan, mistä kääntyy tie etelään. Tätä ajetaan noin kilometri, minkä jälkeen käännytään vasemmalle. Ohitetaan UKK-arkiston rakennukset tien vasemmalla puolella. Noin kolmen kilometrin päässä kääntyy metsäautotie oikealle – tämä on viides pikkutien haarautuma oikealle risteyksestä lukien. Metsätietä kuljetaan noin kaksi kilometriä siten, että ensimmäisessä varsinaisessa risteyksessä valitaan vasen haara ja seuraavassa oikea haara. Viimeisen haarautuman jälkeen on vain joitakin satoja metrejä Mielikinmetsän laitaan. Metsä jää tien koillispuolelle ulottuen Kennankallion laelle asti.

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