Korpudden – a hideaway with a view

The steep cliffs overlooking lake Lohjanjärvi and southern Finland, the lush hazel groves, and forbidding pine trees offer a fantastic place for exploration and adventure... and all handily next to the old ironworks hamlet and castle at Mustio. Korpudden is a hidden gem close to the capital.

I visited the Korpudden...

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Koli – the most famous national park of Finland

Koli national park

Dark green pine forests, shining blue lakes, magnificent high fjells, and the open sky as far as the eye can see. That is what you have at Koli, which is probably the most famous of all Finnish landscapes. I have visited Koli several times and every single time when I climb those last few steps to the top of the hill and stop, I am silenced by the majesty of the...

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Rhododendron park is a hidden haven in Helsinki

Rhododendron flowers at Haaga park in Helsinki

Even if summer makes you wait for it, a certain sign of summer is the explosion of colours at the Haaga rhododendron park in Helsinki. The splendour only lasts for a few weeks in June, and this destination is definitely worth visiting even if your knowledge of flowers is limited only to "Oh, look how pretty they are!".

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Cherry blossom celebration in Roihuvuori

You might not expect to see a Japanese-style cherry tree park in Finland. However, this curiosity does exist in the middle of an otherwise non-descript suburb in East Helsinki called Roihuvuori, and every May the glorious pink foliage magically appears after months of snow. It vanishes almost as quickly as it has appeared so you have to be prepared.

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Högberget erosion cave takes you the Mother of Earth

In a time of impending climate disasters and rising temperatures, many may experience a deep-seated need to crawl back to your mother's lap. In the unique erosion cave at Högberget, you can do exactly that.

I had tried to find this cave once before but without success. This time my mother and I were determined to...

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Uutela – urban nature trails

Uutela trails in Vuosaari Helsinki

Uutela is an urban outdoors area in the eastern part of Helsinki easily accessible to everyone. Whether you look for more challenge on your trail running or hiking, if you want to go bird-watching, or whether you just want to barbecue some goodies for yourself on an open barbecue area, Uutela is the place to go.

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Aulanko nature reserve has something for all

Aulanko was created as a forest park which was later turned into the first national urban park of Finland. This vast yet accessible greenery in Hämeenlinna (about 1h from Helsinki) offers a possibility for enjoying the lake waters, hiking in the forests, skiing down the slopes of steep cliffs, and following in the footsteps of adventurers (and even bears) to see...

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Northern Lights, the elusive wonders of nature

Northern Lights aurora borealis Finland Suomi

Northern Lights, aurora borealis, are a wonder of nature that only few people get to see. We want to help everyone enjoy these stunningly beautiful apparitions so here are some tips on when, where, and how to see Northern Lights.

Northern Lights are created when the high-energy particles created by...

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Vantaankoski rapids take you back in time

Vantaankoski rapids Vantaa winter talvi

The river Vantaa (Vantaanjoki) runs for 99 kilometres (62 mi) through the capital area, providing excellent fishing, hiking, and general adventure for all ages. One the best places to enjoy the river is by the Vantaankoski rapids where nature meets old Finnish industry.

Rapids rarely freeze even in the...

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Finland’s bolt bunker Salpa line and fortifications at Luumäki

Salpalinja Salpa Line Luumäki Finland

I have driven past a sign pointing to Salpa-asema dozens of times on my way but only a few years ago I stopped to explore this area in southeastern Finland for the first time. You don't immediately understand the significance of the area because the area is very humble and unassuming but it is a nature area where one of the most important Finnish defences...

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