The mystery of the highland lakes

01/09/2020
Over time, many have wondered about the origin of the tiny lakes that are all over the Lapland mountains. How can there be water running out and numerous red-stomached arctic char swimming around without a source of water? Is there something else in the water too?

The arctic char is a stunning fish and an appreciated delicacy, a specialty from Lapland. This species likes to live in very special places at the highlands. The fell area is filled with small lakes, even though the main lake district is located in the Southern Finland. Lapland has areas that are some of the most lake-covered in the country that has lakes up to six figures. 

"Most of the lakes are deep"

Most of the lakes in Lapland are deep, and that's usually where the arctic char likes to swim in. Shallow waters will be frozen down to the bottom during winter. The lakes in Northern Lapland are frozen most of the yearThere are other special features too, compared to other lakes in the country. On the fells, there will be more sunshine than anywhere, the waters are more pure because of the different type of soil and there are often only salmonids living in these cold northern waters.

"you just can't find the source of water"

Sometimes you just can't find the source of water. There might be a raging stream flowing from the lake on the high grounds, but absolutely no rivers coming in. Where do the fish and water come from, above or down below? And how long have the fish been there? Many of the ponds have no flowing water coming or going. Most of them don't have any life in them. But they just don't drain over either. Nature is good at making pools.

How I see it, many of the lakes have a water spring somewhere, where most of the water comes from, on top of the rain running in them as unnoticeable streams. I do believe that the fish population is limited and they are often planted in specific lakes, or found their way there a long time ago. There might have been other rivers before or not, but the fish are surprisingly good at swimming upstream, even against small waterfalls.

"a hideaway place for something truly out of this world"

What is the best about it all, there are always beliefs. The springs on the bottom of lakes have an effect; the drown leaves don't fall all the way to the bottom because of the lifting water flow. That creates a fake lake bottom, which is a great hideaway place for the sensitive fish or maybe something truly out of this world. Somewhere under the fake bottoms is a way to the paradise and this is an old belief. Praise the northern folk and hope that this is real, because I find it super magical.

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