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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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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Kalaja trail at Southern Konnevesi National Park

Southern Konnevesi National Park

First sunny and warm day of spring blessed our trip to the Southern Konnevesi National Park in Rautalampi in the beginning of April. It took less than 1½ hours to drive from Jyväskylä on spring roads. Before the trip we checked beforehand how the Kalaja trail and road conditions will be like. It was still early spring and we thought there might be plenty of snow on...

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National parks in Finland

Pallas in winter

National parks in Finland are attracting millions of visitors every year. There are 40 national parks in Finland, all of them distinct from one another. Which are the most visited national parks in Finland? What are their special characteristics? When was the oldest national park established? Which is the biggest? Read more to find out which national park you should...

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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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The Devil’s Loop and Neitvuori mountain at Anttola, Finland

We were driving around through the scenic wonderland of Lakeland Finland and decided we wanted to see the views from a higher vantage point. We scoured the maps and saw that Neitvuori (means Maid Mountain in Finnish) is one of the highest peaks in the area, a good 184m (600ft) above sea level so it would provide us with great views over Saimaa lakes. We drove from Savonlinna towards Neitvuori...

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Mushroom picking in Finland is fun

Mushroom basket

Mushroom picking in Finland is a popular hobby and even an income for some. It is allowed by everyman's rights, and Finland really is mushroom picker's paradise. There are thousands of types of mushroom and few hundred of those are edible. Most of the edible mushrooms are collected from end of August to October. Mushrooms mainly grow in forests, but they can also be found in parks, fields and...

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Amazing view from Puijo Tower in Kuopio, Finland

A View from Puijo Tower in Kuopio Finland

They say Finland is an expensive country, but I would pay 6€ for this view any day. The view from the Puijo Tower in Kuopio, Eastern Finland, is spectacular!

The Puijo Tower is located only 3km from the Kuopio marketplace. It is accessible by walking but it is recommended to drive there because of the climb to the hill. You can buy tickets to the elevator at the entrance of the tower,...

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