Myllykoski at Nurmijärvi

Myllykoski in Nurmijärvi

Myllykoski rapids and Koskikara nature trail in the Nurmijärvi municipality are the perfect day trip destination near Finland's capital area especially if you are into birdwatching. The Myllykoski rapids in Vantaajoki river are impressive even in the middle of the winter. And koskikara, white-throated dipper in English, is such a common bird in this area that even the...

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Vattuniemi urban park in Helsinki has ruins, islets, and seascapes

Practically at the heart of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, lies an island called Lauttasaari (Ferry island). This suburb is famous for its leisurely pace as well as an abundance of nature. Vattuniemi (Raspberry headland) is a peninsula at the southernmost tip of Lauttasaari island, and a very popular urban recreational area for the locals. There is a...

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Ospreys and marshlands at Valkmusa National Park

All I knew about Valkmusa National Park before parking my car at the start of a circular route on a late autumn afternoon was that it was in southeastern Finland. That's it. By chance, I noticed that my route elsewhere would take me past Valkmusa so it was the perfect excuse for me to get out and stretch my legs. As soon as I got out of my car, I noticed how quiet it...

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Out in the Nature Challenge 2020

Out in the Nature Challenge

Happy New Year! We would like to invite you to take part in Out in the Nature Challenge 2020! We want to encourage everyone to spend more time in the nature. Why? Because being out in the nature reduces stress, makes you feel better, and contributes to your physical well-being. Finnish nature has a lot to offer so we thought to offer a helping hand to...

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Sipoonkorpi National Park – ancient forests near Helsinki

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The Sipoonkorpi National Park in Helsinki, Vantaa and Sipoo municipalities is a protected forest area only about 25 kilometers from the centre of Helsinki. We visited the Sipoonkorpi on a cloudy and misty day in December, but we could see that these forests would be excellent terrain for picking mushrooms and berries in summer months. We had both been extremely busy at...

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Escape city’s hustle and bustle to Kaitalampi in Espoo

Kaitalampi in Espoo

Kaitalampi in Espoo is the perfect forest area to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital area in Finland. Only about 35 minutes from Helsinki, Kaitalampi lake in Luukki recreation area provides nice trails and cooking shelters for spending a day outdoors. Instead of just marked trails of Luukki, I wanted to explore and walk around Kaitalampi lake.

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Malonsaari island trail at Imatra

If you have already checked out the largest and most impressive rapids at Imatrankoski, another great nature place to visit at Imatra is Malonsaari island. Popular among the locals, the peaceful and small 1km-long Malonsaari is one of the many islands located just outside of Imatra. I visited it on a Sunday afternoon, and I gave myself a lot of time to enjoy the...

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Porkkala is a mixture of adventure and history

Porkkalanniemi sea view

Visiting Porkkala is the perfect way to get to know a lot about Finnish nature as well as Finnish history. The recently improved hiking areas now have even more accessibility for more people to enjoy a place where beautiful seaside cliffs and pine forests meet the glistening sea.

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Geocaching in Finland

Geocaching in Finland

I got into geocaching last year when I signed me and my nephew up to a geocaching course. My nephew loves treasure hunting, so I figured what could be better than treasure hunting out in the nature. I had a rough idea of what geocaching is, but during that course we learned a lot. While there are many geocaches in cities, I'm more into geocaching on nature trails. I'm...

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Myllyoja bridge in Turku, a bridge that leads nowhere

Myllyoja bridge in Turku

Myllyoja bridge in Turku is famous for not leading anywhere. It certainly looks that way, where you are walking towards the bridge from Paimalantie road and the parking lot. The Myllyoja is a narrow steel bridge built in 1980. It seems to be leading to a forest, which in October was showcasing the beautiful colors of autumn. I wasn't the only one who parked the car by...

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