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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Paattinen nature trail in Turku is a peaceful place

Paattinen nature trail in Lieto

Paattinen nature trail in Turku is a 1,8 km long circle trail with a beautiful lean-to shelter in a peaceful location. I was surprised to find myself alone in this trail on a beautiful autumn day in October. No other people in sight, what a bliss! The trail takes you from Vähäjoki river by a new walking bridge up to the lean-to shelter, which is overlooking a deer...

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Vattukuru is a gorgeous ravine at Syöte National Park

Vattukuru

Vattukuru nature trail is one of many summer hiking trails at Syöte National Park. It is only 2,1 kilometers long trail that takes hikers through an old forest and meadows to a magnificent ravine. Vattukuru ravine was formed by the Ice Age meltwaters, which gouged massive channels into the rocks of the Maaselkä area in Syöte. Vattukuru lean-to shelter at the bottom...

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Castle gardens at Mustio

Well-kept castle gardens, a folly and a love bridge, a river with a floating bridge, and picturesque statues dotting the landscape. The private (yet free) gardens at the Mustio castle offer lovely vistas for those who just want to meander around aimlessly, gazing at the beautiful surroundings, but the garden also has plenty to explore for those looking for more...

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All you need to know about moose hunting in Finland

Moose hunting in Finland

Moose hunting in Finland can be a fun hobby for some, but many people hunt moose because it is an important source of food and to keep the moose population limited in order to minimize the number of car accidents. Even if you are not into hunting, there are few things you should know about the moose in Finland. It is good to know when is the moose hunting season, and...

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Intriguing Ruoppaköngäs rapids hidden in plain sight

Ruoppaköngäs

Ruoppaköngäs area consists of a small Pahikkojärvi lake, rocks surrounding the lake, and a small Kulkujoki river with Ruoppaköngäs rapids, which are somewhat hidden in the forest. Ruoppaköngäs is located close to Muonio-Levi road in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. Ruoppaköngäs is only about 200 meters from the parking lot, but the terrain is not suitable...

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Old and charming Kaukolanharju observation tower

View from Kaukolanharju observation tower in Saari Folk Park

Kaukolanharju observation tower at Saari Folk Park welcomes visitors during summer months, and for a small fee you will have access to beautiful views at Häme Lake Uplands region. This summer over 2000 people visited the Kaukolanharju observation tower, but in case you missed it, make sure to visit it next year. The Kaukolanharju ridge is located between Pyhäjärvi...

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