|EKENÄS ARCHIPELAGO National Park
Visitor centre: Tammisaari nature visitor centre, Rantapuistikko, 10600 Tammisaari (Raasepori)
|Distance from Helsinki: 93 km
Phone: +358 206 39 4613
Enjoy an unforgettable summer outing to this lovely part of Finland’s coastal archipelago with its larger wooded islands, small rocky islets and open seascapes. Watch majestic white-tailed eagles soaring overhead. Take a boat excursion from Ekenäs to one of the main islands, or head off to explore smaller islands and bays in your own sailboat or kayak.
- Nature trails
|KARKALI Strict Nature Reserve||Distance from Helsinki: 79km
Karkali Strict Nature Reserve is one of the finest herb-rich forest areas in Finland. Its landscape has its very own character, as well in the spring as in the summer and in the autumn. The glory of anemones in the spring, and the riot of colour on the autumn leaves are beyond compare.
The area of the nature reserve is protected primarily to completely conserve the natural features, and for scientific research but, unlike strict nature reserves in general, it is also open for visitors. However, when visiting the nature reserve and its sights, you are allowed to walk only on the marked trails, because of the vulnerable natural features of the area which would otherwise be damaged.
- Nature trails
- Getting to know Finnish nature
|NUUKSIO National Park
Visitor centre: Haltia, Nuuksiontie 84, FI-02820 Espoo
|Distance from Helsinki: 40km
Phone: +358 40 163 6200
Within easy reach of the Finnish capital Helsinki, visitors can escape into wild natural settings and enjoy typically Finnish scenery, with lovely lakes, green forests and rugged crags. The nearby Finnish Nature Centre Haltia spotlights the best of Finland’s natural treasures from across the country.
The park has two nature trails where you can learn about habitat restoration techniques and the area’s woodland and wetland ecosystems. Nahkiaispolku Nature Trail (2 km) runs in challenging terrain, while Kaarniaispolku Nature Trail (2.7 km) is suitable for beginners and even children.
Nature Information Hut:
Haukkalampi Nature Information Hut has a fascinating exhibition on flying squirrels.
Visit the Nature Centre Haltia
Finnish Nature Centre Haltia showcases some of the jewels of Finnish nature and hosts exhibitions about the flora and fauna of Nuuksio and the capital region. Its exhibitions bring visitors within touching distance of the natural world, and the glorious scenery of Nuuksio National Park and Lake Pitkäjärvi are just around the corner.
Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is the first public building in Finland built entirely of wood; it is a combination of stunning architectural design and ultramodern ecological solutions. The building’s heating and cooling systems are powered by solar panels and geothermal pumps.