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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Out in the Nature Quiz – How well do you recognize traces of ice age?

Traces of ice age

Finnish nature is full of traces of the ice age. During the last great glacial period Finland was situated at the centre of the area covered by the Scandinavian ice sheet. This local glaciation is known as Weichselian glaciation and it peaked aroud 22,000 BP. In 13,000 BP the area of Finland started to appear and the final ice sheets dissapeared from the northern parts...

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Hevonlinna ice-age esker and recreation area in Koski Tl

Hevonlinna observation tower view

Hevonlinna is a peaceful little outdoor sports center in Koski Tl municipality in the Southwest Finland. It is located about 60 kilometers from Turku near route 10, which is going from Turku to Hämeenlinna. The nature around the area consists of many hills as this esker was created by the ice age. Hevonlinna is known for its disc golf and skiing tracks, but it is also...

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Vattukuru is a gorgeous ravine at Syöte National Park

Vattukuru

Vattukuru nature trail is one of many summer hiking trails at Syöte National Park. It is only 2,1 kilometers long trail that takes hikers through an old forest and meadows to a magnificent ravine. Vattukuru ravine was formed by the Ice Age meltwaters, which gouged massive channels into the rocks of the Maaselkä area in Syöte. Vattukuru lean-to shelter at the bottom...

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All you need to know about moose hunting in Finland

Moose hunting in Finland

Moose hunting in Finland can be a fun hobby for some, but many people hunt moose because it is an important source of food and to keep the moose population limited in order to minimize the number of car accidents. Even if you are not into hunting, there are few things you should know about the moose in Finland. It is good to know when is the moose hunting season, and...

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Walk amongst oaks in Elisaari island

Nature trail in Elisaari

Elisaari island in Inkoo archipelago is an interesting day trip destination. The summer season is coming to an end, but if you are looking for something special to do this weekend, check out this place before it closes for the winter on Saturday!

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Hietatievat sand dunes in Enontekiö

Hietatievat in Enontekiö

Hietatievat close to Nunnanen in Enontekiö are sand dunes worth visiting. The dunes form long chains and the area has some vegetation such as juniper bushes that cover the sand but not the formation of the dunes. The dune field is approximately 4 kilometers long and 1,5 kilometers wide. It's an impressive sight that makes you wonder how they were formed.

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Cloudberries are the real gold of Lapland

Cloudberry

Cloudberry (rubus chamaemorus) is a native herb in Finland, growing in bogs, meadows and marshes. The berries are famous delicacy in Finland, known as hilla, lakka and suomuurain in Finnish. A beloved child has many names! I haven't always been a fan of cloudberries, especially when I was younger and couldn't stand mosquitos eating me alive at bogs. Cloudberries also have stones, similar to...

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Spring flowers at Vaisakko Nature Reserve in Salo

Vaisakko Nature Reserve

This is the perfect time of the year to head out in the nature to Vaisakko Nature Reserve in Salo municipality. I don't think I have seen so many flowers blooming in April in Finland ever before! I had a business meeting in Salo, and I was thinking about combining some nature travels to my trip. It was sunny and +21C, the warmest day so far this year, so it was a...

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Thinning forest in a traditional way

Thinning forest

We Finns live in and of forests, and forests cover more than 70 % of the land. Finland is in fact the most forested country in Europe, if we compare the proportional share of forest land to the country's total size. 3 millon hectares of the Finnish forests are protected or under restricted use, which represents 13 % of the forest area. The rest is managed commercially,...

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