Kultalähde natural spring – A treasure or burial site?

Kultalähde natural spring

Kultalähde is a natural spring located in protected Hyyppäränharju ridge area in Kiikala village in Salo municipality. It is a small spring with crystal clear water. I have been meaning to visit Kultalähde for a long time, but somehow I thought it isn't easy to reach. Turns out it is, if you don't mind descending a steep hill about 500 meters from the parking lot....

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Child-friendly Uusimaa nature

Child in the nature

As we are writing this blog post, the world is struggling with a pandemic caused by COVID-19. The currently worst affected place in Finland is the Uusimaa region in the south: it is probable that Uusimaa will be cut off at least for a while and travel to/from restricted. So, what to do when kids are out of kindergarten or school, you are stuck with bored teens, and you...

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Hanikka glacial erratic

The humongous Hanikka glacial erratic stands, as it has for the past 12 000 years, firmly in place among some pine trees. As we approached, a young couple stood next to the gray boulder, one third of the height of the hardened giant. They looked determined.

This massive rapakivi-granite boulder is one of the largest...

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Mustikkamaa – a recreational park at the heart of Helsinki

Mustikkamaa Rantaraitti beach route

Mustikkamaa, the land of blueberries. One of the most popular recreational areas in the Finnish capital area is right at the heart of Helsinki. Jogging and skiing tracks with lights, beaches and playgrounds, seascapes and heath forests - they are all at Mustikkamaa for your leisure. There are even tennis courts free of charge for those who enjoy the...

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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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Vattuniemi urban park in Helsinki has ruins, islets, and seascapes

Practically at the heart of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, lies an island called Lauttasaari (Ferry island). This suburb is famous for its leisurely pace as well as an abundance of nature. Vattuniemi (Raspberry headland) is a peninsula at the southernmost tip of Lauttasaari island, and a very popular urban recreational area for the locals. There is a...

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Sipoonkorpi National Park – ancient forests near Helsinki

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The Sipoonkorpi National Park in Helsinki, Vantaa and Sipoo municipalities is a protected forest area only about 25 kilometers from the centre of Helsinki. We visited the Sipoonkorpi on a cloudy and misty day in December, but we could see that these forests would be excellent terrain for picking mushrooms and berries in summer months. We had both been extremely busy at...

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Escape city’s hustle and bustle to Kaitalampi in Espoo

Kaitalampi in Espoo

Kaitalampi in Espoo is the perfect forest area to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital area in Finland. Only about 35 minutes from Helsinki, Kaitalampi lake in Luukki recreation area provides nice trails and cooking shelters for spending a day outdoors. Instead of just marked trails of Luukki, I wanted to explore and walk around Kaitalampi lake.

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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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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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