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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Vattuniemi urban park in Helsinki has ruins, islets, and seascapes

Practically at the heart of the Finnish capital, Helsinki, lies an island called Lauttasaari (Ferry island). This suburb is famous for its leisurely pace as well as an abundance of nature. Vattuniemi (Raspberry headland) is a peninsula at the southernmost tip of Lauttasaari island, and a very popular urban recreational area for the locals. There is a...

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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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Myllyoja bridge in Turku, a bridge that leads nowhere

Myllyoja bridge in Turku

Myllyoja bridge in Turku is famous for not leading anywhere. It certainly looks that way, where you are walking towards the bridge from Paimalantie road and the parking lot. The Myllyoja is a narrow steel bridge built in 1980. It seems to be leading to a forest, which in October was showcasing the beautiful colors of autumn. I wasn't the only one who parked the car by...

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Old and charming Kaukolanharju observation tower

View from Kaukolanharju observation tower in Saari Folk Park

Kaukolanharju observation tower at Saari Folk Park welcomes visitors during summer months, and for a small fee you will have access to beautiful views at Häme Lake Uplands region. This summer over 2000 people visited the Kaukolanharju observation tower, but in case you missed it, make sure to visit it next year. The Kaukolanharju ridge is located between Pyhäjärvi...

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Tulliniemi – a wonderful nature walk at the southernmost tip of Finland

Tulliniemi is a multifunctional area with plenty to see: a nature reserve, the southernmost tip of Finland, a pilot station for ships, a coastguard station, and a beach fit for swimming. It also has a historical women's penal colony offering even more intrigue and mystery to the area.

Pebble beach and...

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Haralanharju observation tower with 360° view

Haralanharju

Haralanharju observation tower in Kangasala has amazing views to Finnish landscape in Pirkanmaa region. Vesijärvi lake was gleaming in the sun as the temperatures hit 25 degrees Celcius on late August day. I could feel a light breeze on my face when I was admiring the views at the observation tower. I stood there silently for quite some time, thinking how beautiful...

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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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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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Pulju wilderness area and Puljutunturi Fell provide peace and quiet for hikers

Pulju wilderness area

Pulju is a small village in the north of Kittilä municipality, near Enontekiö. Close to the village there is Pulju wilderness area, where the Puljutunturi fell is located. Pulju means ‘ridge’ in local dialect. The Puljutunturi fell has great views to the Pulju wilderness area and it is easy to reach because of the close promiximity of the road. The road 956 from...

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