Ridges, ponds and bogs at Komio Nature Reserve

Komio Nature Reserve in Loppi

Komio Nature Reserve in Loppi municipality provides a very versatile nature and beautiful landscape for daytrips for hikers and skiers. Located in Häme Lake Uplands, Komio showcases the signs of ice age with its amazing ridges, esker valleys, suppa ponds, bogs, and boulders.

The 500 hectare area of Komio was...

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Sami sacret site Taatsi seida is a magical place

Taatsin seita above small

Taatsi seida, or Taatsin seita in Finnish, by Taatsi lake is an ancient Sámi culture site where the local Sámi people brought offerings to the gods. It is located in Pokka village between Kittilä and Inari. The seida is about 10 meter high rock structure rising from a lake, and it was believed that a spirit or an elf lived in it. Near seida there is Taatsi church, a...

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Red sand beach Punainenhiekka in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

Punainenhiekka Pallasjärvi

Red sand beach called Punainenhiekka in Pallasjärvi lake used to be a secret known only by locals. It is not so secret anymore as it is a popular day trip and overnight destination for hikers at Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. The sand at this beach is reddish brown in color, unlike all other beaches by the Pallasjärvi lake. Punainenhiekka literally translates as...

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Häme Nature Centre at Ruostejärvi is fun and educative destination for kids

Ruostejärvi Lake in Tammela

Ruostejärvi Recreation Area is located in the municipality of Tammela by Härkätie Road and near main road 2. It consists of approximately 70 hectares including 3 kilometers of shoreline. It has a nice beach with shallow water, nature trails, and Häme Nature Centre (Hämeen Luontokeskus), which introduces the Häme Lake Uplands in detail. Ruostejärvi is...

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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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Kukkolankoski rapids in Tornionjoki river

Kukkolankoski at Tornionjoki river

The Tornionjoki river, also known as the Torne or simply as the Way by locals, is a major stream flowing almost in its natural state on the border of Finland and Sweden. The river is most famous for being the largest free-flowing salmon and whitefish river in Europe.

The Tornionjoki river is 522 kilometers long,...

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Urban kayaking in Espoo and Helsinki

Kayaks in Keilaniemi

If you would like to view the capital region from a completely new angle, go for a trip with a kayak, canoe or on a Stand Up Paddle Board! This can be a good option especially for those travelling to Helsinki/Espoo on a tighter schedule. You can see a lot already in a few hours.

Many destinations from...

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Camping at Liesjärvi National Park

Liesjärvi Kaksvetinen evening sky

Camping at Liesjärvi National Park is gaining popularity because of its close proximity to Helsinki, various camping sites to choose from, and short trails across the national park. Liesjärvi is a good option for crowded Nuuksio National Park, but on summer weekends you won't be camping at Liesjärvi alone either.

There are three camping sites to choose from;...

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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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Midsummer adventure at Marttila wilderness trails

Marttila wilderness trails

Marttila wilderness trails introduce nature in South Western Finland better than several national parks combined. I was particularly impressed by the great variety that the trails in Marttila have, big boulders called Juomakivi and Isokarhunkivi, views at Mopokallio and Rajakallio, and last but not least a narrow gorge called Lotikonkellari. And we only saw a part of...

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