Kultalähde natural spring – A treasure or burial site?

Kultalähde natural spring

Kultalähde is a natural spring located in protected Hyyppäränharju ridge area in Kiikala village in Salo municipality. It is a small spring with crystal clear water. I have been meaning to visit Kultalähde for a long time, but somehow I thought it isn't easy to reach. Turns out it is, if you don't mind descending a steep hill about 500 meters from the parking lot....

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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

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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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Escape city’s hustle and bustle to Kaitalampi in Espoo

Kaitalampi in Espoo

Kaitalampi in Espoo is the perfect forest area to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital area in Finland. Only about 35 minutes from Helsinki, Kaitalampi lake in Luukki recreation area provides nice trails and cooking shelters for spending a day outdoors. Instead of just marked trails of Luukki, I wanted to explore and walk around Kaitalampi lake.

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Vattukuru is a gorgeous ravine at Syöte National Park

Vattukuru

Vattukuru nature trail is one of many summer hiking trails at Syöte National Park. It is only 2,1 kilometers long trail that takes hikers through an old forest and meadows to a magnificent ravine. Vattukuru ravine was formed by the Ice Age meltwaters, which gouged massive channels into the rocks of the Maaselkä area in Syöte. Vattukuru lean-to shelter at the bottom...

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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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Ridges, ponds and bogs at Komio Nature Reserve

Komio Nature Reserve in Loppi

Komio Nature Reserve in Loppi municipality provides a very versatile nature and beautiful landscape for daytrips for hikers and skiers. Located in Häme Lake Uplands, Komio showcases the signs of ice age with its amazing ridges, esker valleys, suppa ponds, bogs, and boulders.

The 500 hectare area of Komio was...

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Sami sacret site Taatsi seida is a magical place

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Taatsi seida, or Taatsin seita in Finnish, by Taatsi lake is an ancient Sámi culture site where the local Sámi people brought offerings to the gods. It is located in Pokka village between Kittilä and Inari. The seida is about 10 meter high rock structure rising from a lake, and it was believed that a spirit or an elf lived in it. Near seida there is Taatsi church, a...

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Red sand beach Punainenhiekka in Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

Punainenhiekka Pallasjärvi

Red sand beach called Punainenhiekka in Pallasjärvi lake used to be a secret known only by locals. It is not so secret anymore as it is a popular day trip and overnight destination for hikers at Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. The sand at this beach is reddish brown in color, unlike all other beaches by the Pallasjärvi lake. Punainenhiekka literally translates as...

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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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