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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Travel back in time at Korteniemi Heritage Farm in Tammela

Korteniemi Heritage Farm

Korteniemi Heritage Farm is an old forest ranger farm, which is brought back to life every summer with some animals and traditional activities. The farm, its buildings and garden have remained unchanged for over 100 years. Visit Korteniemi in Liesjärvi National Park in Tammela during summer to see and experience what life was like in the early 1900s.

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The mysteries of Saari Folk Park in Tammela

Saari Folk Park

The Saari Folk Park is located in Tammela in Häme Lake Uplands region and known for its ridges, lakes and sandy shores. The Folk Park was founded in 1932 as a public recreation and leisure area by Southwest Häme Local Heritage and Museums Association. It is a popular place especially for swimming and picnic, but it has many interesting and historical sights too....

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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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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...

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The Finnish sauna experience

Did you know that sauna is a Finnish innovation? The earliest versions are believed to be from 7000 BC, but one of the first written mentions of what is believed to be the sauna customs of the forefathers of the Finns was written by the Nestor the Chronicler in 1112:

“In the country of Slavs I saw wooden spas, very much warmed up, where people took their clothes off, poured...

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Pakasaivo, the Hell of Lapland

Lake Pakasaivo located in Muonio, Lapland, is also known as the Hell of Lapland. When we saw a little star on the map with a text "Hell of Lapland", we knew we have to go and check it out! The last 10km before reaching the area really challenged us because the tiny dirt road is not necessarily the most comfortable to drive on. But on the positive side: we did see reindeer in...

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Reindeer herders gathering in Vasakaira, Sodankylä

Reindeer gathering in Lapland

Early and misty Sunday morning, the skies were covered in clouds and heavy fog was all you can see.

We jumped into the car and started driving into the woods. As you can expect during Lokakuu, which literally means Mud-moon, which is the Finnish name for October - the road was muddy and it got even worse as we made our way to the heart of the forest.

We finally arrived in Vasakaira, the...

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Tepasto nature trail in Kittilä is a home for gnomes

If you happen to be driving by Tepasto village in north of Kittilä, have a little walk at Perhejärvi nature trail. There is a nice few kilometers walk to Kaakkurilampi (kaakkuri=red-throated diver, lampi=pond) and a nearby fire place. You might also encounter some gnomes in this trail!

I went to Tepasto when it had already been snowing a little, but it was still possible to walk in the...

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Head outdoors for Finnish Nature Day 2018!

Ruostejärvi Lake in Tammela

The Finnish Nature Day is celebrated on Saturday, 25th of August, 2018. What would be a better way to celebrate it than to head outdoors?

There are many events organized around the country on this Saturday to celebrate what we Finns value the most, our nature. You can find out more about the day and its celebrations from the official website of the Finnish Nature Day, maintained by Parks...

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