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!".

One way to get to the park is by train to Huopalahti train station from where you can walk to...

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Rumavaara and devil’s field in Pudasjärvi

Rumavaara devils field in Pudasjärvi

Rumavaara is a hill that overlooks Korentojärvi lake in Pudasjärvi municipality in the province of Oulu. Pudasjärvi is famous for its nature, and it is home to Syöte, the southernmost fell area in Finland. In order to reach Rumavaara, you have to cross the devil's field first!

Rumavaara literally means ugly hill, and earlier it used to be called dick hill. Perhaps people thought, that the devil's field makes...

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Rissla waterfall and forest trail at Fiskars village

Rissla waterfall

Rissla forest trail is located at Fiskars village in Raseborg municipality, approximately one-hour drive west of Helsinki. Fiskars is a thriving, 600-strong community of artists and craftspeople in a beautiful setting by a river Fiskarså. The Rissla forest trail departs from the village and leads you to an old Rissla dam and beautiful waterfall in Risslaån river.

Fiskars village is historically significant as it was developed around ironworks of Fiskars...

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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.

As weather in Finland varies anywhere from snow and sleet to...

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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 find it, no excuses. We knew roughly where it was but we had no idea how to get there. When we got to...

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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 solar winds crash together with the atoms in Earth's upper atmosphere. These high-energy particles,...

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Exploring Isojärvi National Park

Isojärvi National Park - Heretty

Isojärvi national park is located in Kuhmoinen municipality in Central Finland. The main attractions in this area are hills and valleys surrounding the lakes, former lumberjacks' cabins, and beavers. Large boulders are also common in this area, and the most famous one of them is called King of the hill. The park has over 30 km of marked trails and several campfire sites. 

I was on my way to Jyväskylä when I...

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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 were build during World War II.

At first, it...

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Magic of the giant’s kettles in Askola

Giant's Bath Tub or the Jättiläisen kuhnepytty giant's cauldron in Askola, Finland.

A lot of people will know the story about Jack and the Beanstalk. When the seeds grow into a stalk, Jack climbs up and ends up in the house of the giant. In some versions, Jack is hidden in the giant's kettle but the giant smells him in his house. This story really comes...

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Find your own lucky stone at Lampivaara Amethyst Mine

Lampivaara Amethyst Mine

As children, we have all found treasure in the most bizarre places. Sometimes it probably was an amazing stick, a slimy toad, or even a shiny rock. However, most of us forget about our dreams of finding jewels and precious stones when we grow up. We advocate finding your inner child every now and then, so we decided to go and dig for treasure at Lampivaara in Lapland. (more…)

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