Local tourism It is worth taking a nature trip to these places in the Helsinki region

If Nuuksio has been knocked out, the bird towers of Viikki have been knocked out and Seurasaari has been seen, here are alternative outdoor places for a day trip in autumn.

Car hose crawls into a national park and doesn’t want to find a parking space. Does it sound familiar?

When Finland is on holiday, you have to get to the forest. Nuuksio, Kuusijärvi, Oittaa, Sipoonkorpi and other popular outdoor areas are filled with visitors. There is congestion.

But fortunately, the nature experiences of the metropolitan area do not remain among the most famous destinations. HS gathered various nature treasures worth the trip from the Helsinki metropolitan area.


Finland’s largest and oldest hiidenkirnu is in Pihlajamäki, Helsinki.

Helsinki the nearby nature hides numerous ice age attractions. The oldest Hiidenkirnu are in the Pihlajamäki suburb along Rapakiventie.

Adjacent butterflies are known to have formed before the last ice age, more than 100,000 years ago, when the meltwater of the glaciers spun boulders. They were revealed during the construction of the underpass tunnel in the early 1990s.

One of nature’s own sculptures is one of the largest in Finland. It is almost 8.5 meters deep and almost 7 meters in diameter. The depth of the smaller Kirnu is more than 3 and the diameter is about 1.5 meters.

On the same excursion, it is worth exploring the buildings in the area. Pihlajamäki is one of Finland’s first suburbs in the 1960s and is valued for its architecture: it is included in the National Board of Antiquities’ list of nationally significant built cultural environments.

Prior to the discoveries in Pihlajamäki, Käpylä’s Louhenpuisto butterfly, which is about 1.5 meters in diameter, was considered to be the largest hiiden kirnu in the metropolitan area. The rock next to Karhusaari Marina has clusters of as many as seven Kirnu.

Kirnuja can also be found in Kiviko, Laajasalo, Lauttasaari, Seurasaari and Vartiosaari, among others.

An oasis

The nature trail leads to Slåttmossen oasis swamp in the nature reserve on the border of Helsinki and Vantaa.

Swamp belongs to nature experiences that everyone should experience at least once in their life, said national park experts at HS in summer.

According to the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation, natural bogs are rare throughout Uusimaa. However, there are. Where in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area is it worth experiencing a swamp experience?

There are four protected bogs in Helsinki, the largest of which is Slåttmossen’s oasis. In it, the middle part of the bog is higher than the edges. The area grows curd moss, heather, crowberry, stunted pines and wool.

The landscape could be from a distant nature park, but the bog is under pressure from residential areas on the border of Helsinki and Vantaa: a 7.5-hectare protected area in Jakomäki, the rest in Vaarala. The bog can be marveled at along 700-meter-long elongated trees.

Another lesser-known bog oasis is Espoo’s Tremanskärr, which is located near the popular Luukki and Kaitalampi outdoor area north of Vihdintie.

In Tremanskärri, there is a guided trail around a natural bog, mostly in a nature reserve. The trail is also transported by boardwalks. The place is one of the most diverse bogs in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

There is a gruesome story associated with the name of Tremanskärri, according to which during the Great Wrath in the 18th century, three Russian men crossed a swamp and stayed in its way.

The length of the shorter route is about two kilometers. The route through Kurkijärvi is a little over three kilometers. There are rest stops along the way.

If you want to hurt high without having to dodge butt trainers bouncing on the fitness ladder, here’s an option.

Hiking spots

From Kasavuori to Espoo’s Souka you can see far to the Gulf of Finland.

Vantaa ejected by outdoor enthusiasts From the Kulokukkula filling hill called “Korson Ylläs” in summer, but no worries: there are plenty of other hiking spots in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

If you want to hurt high without having to dodge butt trainers bouncing on the fitness ladder, here is an option that is difficult to compare: Espoo’s Soukan Kasavuori. It belongs to the nationally valuable rock areas and rises to a height of 44 meters near the seashore.

From the top, next to the wind-bent pines, there are views of the fragmented archipelago of the Gulf of Finland. It is also said to be a great place to follow the migratory trees of birds.

The ceiling can be reached either from the wooded extension of the Soukansalments or from the eastern end of the Kasavuorenrinne.

Located in Kuninkaala, Vantaa Limestone reaches even higher, almost 65 meters. Far away on the horizon, the skyline of Helsinki looms.

In the rocky nature reserve you can see rocky boulders, cave-like cavities and rock pines over a hundred years old. The place gets its name from the limestone found in the area.

You can find the lookout point on a nature trail, on which you can jump, for example, from the walkway next to Ring Road III, from the end of Tuomirinte or between Kalkkivuorentie 41 and 43.


Peetu Piiroinen fly fish in Pitkäkoski in summer 2017.

Oak forests have almost completely disappeared from Finland, but the Tammisto nature reserve in Vantaa has managed to preserve a piece of it. There is access to the nature trail from Tilkuntie 12 or Tammistontie 1 and 15.

From there you can continue through the Haltiala treasure areas and field landscapes in the Pitkäkoski nature reserve to Vantaa Ylästö, where the journey on foot takes an hour. The nature trail meanders here in a completely different landscape near the Vantaanjoki River. The world of sound can range from a quiet rumble to a roaring noise.

There are more than 40 designated rapids in the Vantaa River, the second longest of which, more than a kilometer long, is Pitkäkoski. Thirty nesting bird species live in the grove bordering it and the tallest trees roar at 30 meters.

Here you can also see a glimpse of an otter, which was on the verge of extinction in Finland. They are attracted to the area by Vantaanjoki fish, frogs and molluscs. Of the mollusks in the river, for example, there is an endangered mussel mussel that grows to about ten cents during its 30-year life.

The nature trail can be reached at the end of Jokitie or next to the Pitkäkoski bridge.

Here, the shores of the Yold Sea, which preceded the Baltic Sea, and Lake Ancylus, which followed it, have hit the shore.

Ancient beach

Ritva Selenius sat on the more than 10,000-year-old ancient shore of Jakomäki in 2012.

Slightly a different beach destination is in Jakomäki: an ancient beach born about 10,000 years ago. Here, the shores of the Yold Sea, which preceded the Baltic Sea, and Lake Ancylus, which followed it, have hit the shore. Jakomäki was an island at that time.

There are other so-called rocky damn fields in the Helsinki metropolitan area. However, the round rocks of Jakomäki are considered to be the most important ancient shore site telling about the stages of the Baltic Sea.

The one-hectare conservation area is located on Jakomäenkallio, which also has the third highest natural point in Helsinki. The peak is over 60 meters above sea level. The current seafront is less than ten miles away.


The nesting birds of Matalajärvi in ​​Espoo include dozens of species.

If wants to spot the birds, you should head to Matalajärvi in ​​Espoo. Its nesting birds include dozens of species, including the woodpecker and the little dart. Especially during migration times, the lake is noisy. In the autumn you can see, for example, swimmers.

The lives of waders and waterfowl can be followed from the tower made for that purpose, which can be reached along the road through the Market Park and the farming area.

Matalajärvi is on the side of the more familiar Lake Bodominjärvi.

Wood expressions

The Aila storm felled the more than 200-year-old oak park of Tullisaari Manor Park in the autumn of 2020.

Helsinki Laajasalo has a number of wooden attractions. The most significant of these is the old, almost 200-year-old oak of Tullisaari Manor Park. It sprouted already in the early 19th century, when Finland was still part of the Russian Empire.

The much-seen wooden old man has now fallen. The City of Helsinki announced the grief news on September 25, 2020. The cause of the fall was suspected to be Storm Aila, which had probably been damaged by gusts of oak. However, the city decided that the tree trunk should remain in the park.

“As a friendly invitation, we welcome amphibians and other organisms that want rotting trees at home to the tree trunk,” the Helsinki urban environment said in a Facebook update.

Within walking distance, along Henrik Borgström’s road, opposite the manor’s fork, stands another wooden open: a bifurcated forest linden. The tree, about 25 meters high and 4.5 meters in circumference, was pacified as a natural monument in 1956.

There is another protected, oblique forest cow in the adjacent grove.

The next natural monument is a five minute walk. In the forest at the end of the road called Kumianpää, there is a rare moss pine along the outdoor road. It is a stubborn variant of ordinary pine with a truncated trunk, branches and roots.

Tuberous pines do not usually grow ten meters higher, but this calmed individual is about twice as high as usual.

If you start the tour with a pine tree, at the end of the trip you can enjoy lunch in the autumn-colored Tullisaari Manor Park.

Jussi Helimäki, who has edited the books, has been interviewed for the story Enchanting Helsinki – 200 nature experiences and From the home corner to the cliffs – Espoo Nature Spots.


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