Evo Hiking Area – Little Nature Trail

I found on a map that there is a very small circular hiking trail in the Evo Hiking Area. It basically follows a little stream for a few hundred meters and then after crossing a bridge it returns back to the parking. As I had time and was curious I stopped at the parking along road 53 just north of Evokeskus and prepared myself for the short round. The first hundred meters were pretty wet ground and I had to find good steps not to have water in the shoes, but then I could enjoy the beautiful dense forest. The trail features that little stream that we follow. As far as I could see on a sign the stream was prepared with obstacles to reduce the speed of the water. If someone knows details, let me know. Anyhow I loved the nature as it was clear to see that the flora adapted to this pretty wet environment giving the feeling as walking in a rain forest.

Luontopolku means nature trail, so we know where to go…

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Hard to see but after entering the more dense forest the ground was pretty wet. Anyhow no issues with wet feet.

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After a short while we already arrive at the first bridge that we need to cross. From here on we are following the stream.

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As you see it is not very big and hardly flowing. I am sure with the melting of the snow in spring the situation is much different.

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The sign from which I interprete the adjustments in the stream…

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…and how it looks in real.

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Whatever it means I enjoyed the nature. It is very calm out here.

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Some more picture of the second bridge and the view from it over the stream.

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While standing on the bridge this fern was lightend by the sun while most of the rest was in shadow. It is a pitty that reality always looks better than picture. But I hope you get the point.

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Hope you liked this little tour.

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Teijo National Park – Hiking the Matildanjärvenkierros

Teijo National Park is very close to Turku and therefore a very good starting point or end point for a trip through Finland if you enter or leave the country via the Turku ferry. The national park offers easy access and a very pretty nature. You can find several hiking options of which I chose the circular hike around Matildanjärvi. In case you saw an older post of Teijo NP, you might notice that the very first meters are leading the same trail, but this time I continue to follow the shoreline of Lake Matilda counter clockwise. If you see the map below you can see the broken line around the lake in the center. In the west of the lake you can see that you will need to walk some kilometer along the road, but there is hardly any traffic and it is speed limited as it is inside the village. But now everything in the right order…

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We start our hike at the main parking area of Matildanjärvi, which is located at the camping ground and the visitor center. In case you need some additional information or you want to have a cup of coffea you should stop at the visitor center. To continue you follow the trail leading around the right side of it down to the lake. From here it is about 5 km to walk. I have to say that in the area of the village I lost the trail and basically returned to the parking directly making me not really sure how long my hike actually was. But looking at the map it comes pretty close to the 5 km.

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The trail along the lake is in a very good condition and easy to follow. What I really like here is the very varying terrain.

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Following the trail at some point we come to a crossing. At this place the former hike that I did here in Teijo NP left the lake for a clockwise hike, but we keep following the shore.

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Already here in Teijo NP on my first day in Finland this summer (2017) I noticed fast that this year seemed different regarding nature. I could not remember that the heather was blooming so intense. My friends told me later that spring had a very slow start delaying nature by some weeks. I could not complain with these nice flowers and it also had a positive effect on moskitos and particular mooseflies of which I only caught three during the entire trip of three weeks. That is normally the rate of mooseflies that land on me in some places within one minute when only looking at some information board.

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Along the lake there are plenty of beautiful spots formed by water.

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It is nice when the views open up to the lake and you can admire the large water surface. You notice maybe that there were some clouds. They became pretty dark and I was not sure if thunder and lightning might start, so a little worried I continued my trip. But it stayed ok until the end.

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Quite at the far end of the lake you will need to cross this bridge.

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After forest, bridges, rocks we also have to crosse a remarkable piece of swamp. I loved the view that I took the photo of as it really looks like the trail would vanish.

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More rocks and some ascent for us, but there is not much difference in altitude along the entire trail.

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Looking backwards we can see the rocky nature along the lake. Also here as in entire Finland (and generally Scandinavia) the nature was strongly changed during the ice age when the enormous masses of glacier ice reformed the nature making the surface of the rocks pretty smooth with long scarves by scratching stones.

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At some part we directly follow the lake. Beatiful views!

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After we have passed the village we need to cross the forest to reach back on the shore. To do so you will need to keep going along the road and then following the dirt road that you drove to the parking. At some point the trail will leave the dirt road to the left into the forest back to the shore.

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Here roughly 500 meters before the parking we pass a bbq and resting place. I had no idea that this hut would become the place for my ‘goodby’ bbq before heading to the ferry. But it became so handy to stop here in Teijo NP on my way to the ferry that I could not resist.

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As always for the Finnish National Parks I recommend warmest the official page of Teijo National Park. You can get there by clicking their emblem below. It will bring you to the main page of Teijo NP. Have a look at their downloadable pdf there, which gives a good summary. Enjoy your stay at Teijo NP!

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Nahkiaispolku in Nuuksio National Park

A little different nature compared to the other hikes of Nuuksio National Park you find along the 2 km long circular trail Nahkiaispolku. The forest here is quite wet and everything is very green.

The trail partly goes up steep slopes. Some have stairs, some not. But in general it is a very nice hike!

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-> The official page of Nuuksio National Park

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Haukankierros in Nuuksio National Park

In Nuuksio National Park just outside of Espoo there are very fine hiking options. Four different hikes of moderate length are featured by signs. During my visit to the park I managed to make all of them and here I want to show yout one of them, the Haukankierros (Hawk’s Trail) with its 4 km in length. As you can see on the sign, it has some ups and downs giving you the chance to have views over the surrounding forest. I really like the park as it combines so many different features of the parks around southern Finland, but still has its own characteristics.

If you are in Helsinki or Espoo for only a short time, you should take the chance to come here and do some hiking, check out the Hawk’s Trail…

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-> The official page of Nuuksio National Park

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Bronze Age Burial Site Viitakruunu

Quite often when I drive around and see a sign refering to a point of interest, I take the chance to see what is there to discover. Sometimes I fail with it because I simply do not find it or it is nothing really worth to mention. Other times I find really nice things. One of these moments I had when driving a road south of Salo, Finland. I saw a sign pointing into the deep forest saying Viitankruunu. There was a small parking and I had time, so I parked my car and followed the path. It turned out that there were two bronze age grave hills hidden in the forest. Some people might see only simple stones, but for me it is always impressive and there are the moments I think of the individuals that were buried here and those who worked here to build the grave. Wondering what kind of people they might have been… kind or cruel and would they be a friend or someone I should take care of. But before I bring you into such deep thoughts, please follow me on the short walk to the graves…

This is the magic symbol for all the sightseeing enthusiasts… we follow it.

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Instead of driving I got a nice hike in the forest 🙂

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For those capable of knowing the Finnish language the sign gives some information about the site. For everyone else there is a map and some sketches.

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I love the northern forests.

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Trying to find the bronze age burial site I learned that moskitos are not stupid. They know how to hide…

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And then suddenly the huge pile of stones showed up. It is impressive.

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Those buried here got a very nice place with a view. I am pretty sure that the choice was by purpose. Not only to place them on a hill, but also to overlook the area around.

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In fact there are at least two large burial hills here, if you look at the google maps linked below, you will see them on the satellite view.

Mushroomtime 🙂

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-> Information in Finnish from Museovirasto (use google translate!)

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Struve Geodetic Arc at Oravivuori

I think not many people have heard of the Struve Geodectic Arc before, even though it is one of the few Finnish World Heritage sites. Also myself, when arriving to Finland during my expat time, I had no idea that it exists and of course not that it would become a destination of trips and hikes in the months and years to come. My first visit to it was on a trip to Lofoten Islands in Norway. I was checking the internet where to stop on my way north from Oulu. There was a mountain along my road called Aavasaksa and I heard that there is a great view and a special point to visit. But this arc stretches over a huge distance.  Well what is it then? The Struve Geodectic Arc is a kind of measurement device from the first half of the 19th century. At that time an exact shape of the Earth was not known. It was not clear if the globe had an exact ball shape or somehow different. So Struve (a German Baltic Scientist) together with the Russian Officer Tenner [Wikipedia] started to place virtual triangles by placing points in visible distance from the Black Sea to the Arctic Sea. Collecting data of these points they could calculate the shape of the Earth and it is known that they were really close to the actual shape. Nowadays these measurement points are an international cross boundary World Heritage listed by the UNESCO. Several of the points can be visited throughout Finland and the other countries. You will come across more of the points on this blog with the time coming 🙂

Well now let us have a look at the Struve Point at Oravivuori. Knowing that from the points Struve wanted to see the other points implies that the points often are placed on a hill, which means we will have a nice view 🙂 But first we have to get to the top…

The very first part is not really spectacular but curiousity did not let me keep calm …

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But I was then stopped by this little guy walking over the path. He had to accept a photo session before I continued my hike.

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Vegetation got more like in a nature reserve when suddenly…

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…these stairs showed up.

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They were a great help to get to the top of the hill.

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On the hill you find a lookout tower and several information boards.

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After Struve had made his measurements several other measurements were carried out here. That is why you will find several measurement points nowadays.

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Information boards explain why it is a World Heritage and you can learn about how it works.

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I really recommend to climb the tower. As I hoped, the views from the top are spectacular. Unfortunately it was cloudy, but I stayed here quite a while.

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For some information about the Struve Geodetic Arc please check

-> Wikipedia

-> UNESCO about Struve Geodetic Arc

To reach the point you will see signs once you approach. Click on the Google Maps button below to find Oravivuori.

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