Duckboards show you the way to nature

Torronsuo National Park in Tammela

Duckboards are wooden walkways that help you to walk in bogs or over muddy areas along nature trails. There are about 500 kilometers of duckboards in public nature trails in Finland. Duckboards can be exciting walkways for children, and they are also a great way to develop your balance at any age. Some of them are narrow and consists of only one plank. In some...

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Myllykoski rapids 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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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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Pulju wilderness area and Puljutunturi Fell provide peace and quiet for hikers

Pulju wilderness area

Pulju is a small village in the north of Kittilä municipality, near Enontekiö. Close to the village there is Pulju wilderness area, where the Puljutunturi fell is located. Pulju means ‘ridge’ in local dialect. The Puljutunturi fell has great views to the Pulju wilderness area and it is easy to reach because of the close promiximity of the road. The road 956 from...

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Katariinanlaakso nature reserve in Turku is full of history

Katariinanlaakso

Katariinanlaakso, Catherine's Valley, is a 17 hectare nature reserve consisting of hardwood grove patches. It is located in Turku close to Kaarina border. Special characteristics of Katariinanlaakso include rich oaks and little-leaf lindens, a large number of grove plant species, some boulders, and many curious little squirrels and birds. Katariinanlaakso is an...

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Beach life on Stora Fagerö

Sunset on Stora Fagerö

Sand beaches are rare in the Western Uusimaa region, but one worth a visit is the island of Stora Fagerö. Located in the archipelago some six kilometres south of the town of Inkoo it is not very accessible, but visitors are rewarded with a long and shallow sand beach, tent pitching possibilities, a small boat harbour and a fireplace.

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Visit Aneriojärvi for birds and Stone Age culture

Aneriojärvi view

Aneriojärvi is a small lake in Suomusjärvi in Salo municipality, only 1 kilometer south from Helsinki-Turku motorway. There is a wooden walkway leading to a birdwatching tower and a small river called Varesjoki. A short distance away you may also see a huge 10-meter high boulder called Hermolanvaha. Based on archeological finds this area has been inhabited for at...

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Clear-water Lake Iso-Melkutin is hikers and divers’ treasure

Iso-Melkutin lake

Lake Iso-Melkutin is a popular scuba-diving destination in Southern Finland because of its clear water and underwater ridge. It's also a beautiful hiking and trekking area where I like to go at least once every summer. The trail around the lake is about 7 kilometers long and easy to follow.

The Iso-Melkutin is...

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Lähteelä – seascapes and saunas

The Sunds Tower

The Lähteelä
recreation area in Kirkkonummi offers a great variety of activities in a compact
scale. The area, owned by the City of Helsinki, covers 134 hectares of land and
992 hectares of waters. The small-boat harbour and services supporting it play
a key role in Lähteelä, but it is open for all. It is also very accessible for
disabled visitors.

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Feel the sea at the Kopparnäs-Störsvik recreation area

Cyclist admiring the sunset in Kopparnäs

The Kopparnäs-Störsvik recreation area 50 kilometres West of Helsinki is one of the biggest outdoor destinations in the Western Uusimaa region. In addition to 721 hectares on land, the area consists of islands and large water areas as well. Over 15 kilometres of unbuilt shoreline make it a perfect destination for day trips by the sea.

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