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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Ospreys and marshlands at Valkmusa National Park

All I knew about Valkmusa National Park before parking my car at the start of a circular route on a late autumn afternoon was that it was in southeastern Finland. That's it. By chance, I noticed that my route elsewhere would take me past Valkmusa so it was the perfect excuse for me to get out and stretch my legs. As soon as I got out of my car, I noticed how quiet it...

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Out in the Nature Challenge 2020

Out in the Nature Challenge

Happy New Year! We would like to invite you to take part in Out in the Nature Challenge 2020! We want to encourage everyone to spend more time in the nature. Why? Because being out in the nature reduces stress, makes you feel better, and contributes to your physical well-being. Finnish nature has a lot to offer so we thought to offer a helping hand to...

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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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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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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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Snowshoeing in the Meiko wilderness

Snowshoeing tracks

As our winters have become more unpredictable especially in Southern Finland, one has to make use of every opportunity for winter sports. This winter the ‘real’ winter with snow and subzero temperatures started around Christmas and skiing tracks as well as ice skating rinks have been crowded ever since. I have also enjoyed the wilderness with snow shoes, which...

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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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Ice-fishing in Finland

Ice fishing in Finland

Ice-fishing in Finland is a popular hobby, especially in spring when the sun is shining and temperatures are getting warmer. Ice-fishing season begins when there's enough ice on lake or sea. Check the current ice conditions from the Finnish Meteorological Institute. You can also check the thickness of the ice with an ice drill. If you unsure about your safety, do not go on ice. Ice-fishing...

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