Child-friendly Uusimaa nature

Child in the nature

As we are writing this blog post, the world is struggling with a pandemic caused by COVID-19. The currently worst affected place in Finland is the Uusimaa region in the south: it is probable that Uusimaa will be cut off at least for a while and travel to/from restricted. So, what to do when kids are out of kindergarten or school, you are stuck with bored teens, and you...

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Hanikka glacial erratic

The humongous Hanikka glacial erratic stands, as it has for the past 12 000 years, firmly in place among some pine trees. As we approached, a young couple stood next to the gray boulder, one third of the height of the hardened giant. They looked determined.

This massive rapakivi-granite boulder is one of the largest...

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Myllykoski rapids at Nurmijärvi

Myllykoski in Nurmijärvi

Myllykoski rapids and Koskikara nature trail in the Nurmijärvi municipality are the perfect day trip destination near Finland's capital area especially if you are into birdwatching. The Myllykoski rapids in Vantaajoki river are impressive even in the middle of the winter. And koskikara, white-throated dipper in English, is such a common bird in this area that even the...

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Sipoonkorpi National Park – ancient forests near Helsinki

Sipoonkorpi_ice

The Sipoonkorpi National Park in Helsinki, Vantaa and Sipoo municipalities is a protected forest area only about 25 kilometers from the centre of Helsinki. We visited the Sipoonkorpi on a cloudy and misty day in December, but we could see that these forests would be excellent terrain for picking mushrooms and berries in summer months. We had both been extremely busy at...

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Porkkala is a mixture of adventure and history

Porkkalanniemi sea view

Visiting Porkkala is the perfect way to get to know a lot about Finnish nature as well as Finnish history. The recently improved hiking areas now have even more accessibility for more people to enjoy a place where beautiful seaside cliffs and pine forests meet the glistening sea.

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Castle gardens at Mustio

Well-kept castle gardens, a folly and a love bridge, a river with a floating bridge, and picturesque statues dotting the landscape. The private (yet free) gardens at the Mustio castle offer lovely vistas for those who just want to meander around aimlessly, gazing at the beautiful surroundings, but the garden also has plenty to explore for those looking for more...

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Talvia giant’s kettles in Lohja

Talvia giants kettles in Lohja

Talvia giant's kettles in Lohja are easy to reach by car as these glacier potholes are located approximately 400 meters from the parking lot. These are not the biggest or finest giant's kettles in Finland, but definitely worth seeing if you happen to be in Lohja.

We have previously written about the giant's kettles...

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Korpudden – a hideaway with a view

The steep cliffs overlooking lake Lohjanjärvi and southern Finland, the lush hazel groves, and forbidding pine trees offer a fantastic place for exploration and adventure... and all handily next to the old ironworks hamlet and castle at Mustio. Korpudden is a hidden gem close to the capital.

I visited the Korpudden...

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Urban kayaking in Espoo and Helsinki

Kayaks in Keilaniemi

If you would like to view the capital region from a completely new angle, go for a trip with a kayak, canoe or on a Stand Up Paddle Board! This can be a good option especially for those travelling to Helsinki/Espoo on a tighter schedule. You can see a lot already in a few hours.

Many destinations from...

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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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