Kajaani castle ruins and tar canal locks

Kajaani castle ruins

One great reason to stop for a walkabout in the town of Kajaani is the area of the river: both the ruins of the Kajaani castle as well as the tar canal locks are located next to it. We were on a roadtrip, driving from South of Finland towards Lapland, and had already stopped in Kuopio to admire the views from the famous Puijo tower. We needed another quick break to...

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Beach life on Stora Fagerö

Sunset on Stora Fagerö

Sand beaches are rare in the Western Uusimaa region, but one worth a visit is the island of Stora Fagerö. Located in the archipelago some six kilometres south of the town of Inkoo it is not very accessible, but visitors are rewarded with a long and shallow sand beach, tent pitching possibilities, a small boat harbour and a fireplace.

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Koli – the most famous national park of Finland

Koli national park

Dark green pine forests, shining blue lakes, magnificent high fjells, and the open sky as far as the eye can see. That is what you have at Koli, which is probably the most famous of all Finnish landscapes. I have visited Koli several times and every single time when I climb those last few steps to the top of the hill and stop, I am silenced by the majesty of the...

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Fell Lapland Visitor Centre & nature trails in Hetta

Jyppyrä nature trail in Hetta

Hetta is the main village in Enontekiö municipality, which is known for reindeer husbandry. Located in Lapland, Enontekiö occupies a large and very sparsely populated area near Swedish and Norwegian borders. Hetta hosts the Fell Lapland Visitor Centre, which presents the genuine Nomadic Sámi Culture, the diversity of northern nature and the history of tourism in...

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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!".

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Clear-water Lake Iso-Melkutin is hikers and divers’ treasure

Iso-Melkutin lake

Lake Iso-Melkutin is a popular scuba-diving destination in Southern Finland because of its clear water and underwater ridge. It's also a beautiful hiking and trekking area where I like to go at least once every summer. The trail around the lake is about 7 kilometers long and easy to follow.

The Iso-Melkutin is...

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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.

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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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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...

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Feel the sea at the Kopparnäs-Störsvik recreation area

Cyclist admiring the sunset in Kopparnäs

The Kopparnäs-Störsvik recreation area 50 kilometres West of Helsinki is one of the biggest outdoor destinations in the Western Uusimaa region. In addition to 721 hectares on land, the area consists of islands and large water areas as well. Over 15 kilometres of unbuilt shoreline make it a perfect destination for day trips by the sea.

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