Urban Nature

Helsinki is one of the greenest metropolises in the world: over one third of the city consists of parks and other green areas, and it is surrounded on three sides by the sea. There are also 42 nature reserves in the city. The surrounding sea creates a special atmosphere and offers a wide range of recreational opportunities, from fishing and swimming to skating and sledding in wintertime.

Garden paradise just a stone’s throw away from the city centre premium
Are you searching for a perfect day trip to urban nature of Helsinki? If yes, you must visit the Herttoniemi Manor and gardens, which you can reach in just half an hour by bike or by public transport. Herttoniemi Manor is one of those places, which you fall in love with the first sight. The beautiful […]
March 7, 2016
Two oases in the middle of Helsinki premium
The warmth and humidity of the tropics, the buzz of crickets and scents from far off lands. Have you ever thought that this could be found in the middle of a bustling city? The Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden and the Winter Garden in Helsinki offer just that. They are two oases in the middle of the […]
Sauna and winter swimming at Kuusijärvi premium
At Cafe Kuusijärvi, one can see a great view over the lake Kuusijärvi, surrounded by thick forest and peaceful nature. This atmosphere provides an ideal way for relaxation with several different kinds of saunas. Kuusijärvi is the only location inside the Helsinki Metropolitan area to get a public smoke sauna experience which is a must-do […]
January 27, 2016
Guest Blogger Interview: Andy Kruse premium
Tell us something about yourself: what do you do, what do you like, what kind of hobbies do you have? I am a family man working as an elementary school teacher and a journalist. Being an American I’m a sucker for pizza, french fries, and Coca-Cola. I feel my best after a good skatepark session […]
Off the beaten track – Christmas magic in Vuosaari premium
I’ve lost my heart in Eastern Helsinki. Just 20 minutes metro ride from the city centre you have it all: sea and sandy beaches, forest and beautiful landscapes, all the services one can need, hotel and five-star camping site. Vuosaari people want to share their secrets with fellow citizens and visitors alike and have started a […]
December 14, 2015
Enchanting Uunisaari island premium
It is stormy around me. The sea waves are rising up on the beach and smashing a boat against the dock. The pontoon bridge is bobbing and a cold wind is rattling the surrounding buildings. I, however, am warm and cozy sitting in the middle of the storm in an outside Jacuzzi on Uunisaari island. […]
October 13, 2015
A day trip from Helsinki to the village of slow life premium
On a worldly scale, Helsinki is not an extremely busy metropolis, but still every now and then I feel like I need a break from the hectic urban life. Luckily we do have plenty of beautiful and peaceful places to visit in the Helsinki region. Recently, however, I decided to take one step further out […]
September 28, 2015
Checklist for mushroom picking premium
When the days get shorter and the weather cools many already long for next summer. This time of year, however, is the perfect time for something else: mushroom picking. The season lasts from mid-August to the end of October depending on the weather, and due to the long season everyone can pick these delicious friends […]
September 25, 2015
3 day trips from Helsinki in South Coast Finland premium
Every autumn asks for at least one food themed day trip! There’s so much to do in Helsinki, but it’s also a great base to explore the rest of Finland. I was recently invited by Visit South Coast Finland to visit the area’s food scene, lead by Slow Food Helsinki. Only one hour away from […]
September 17, 2015
A Sunday walk in the woods, an excursion to Uutela recreational area premium
Uutela recreational area in Vuosaari, Eastern Helsinki, is an excellent target for a sunny Sunday (suits fine for a cloudy day too).  We put our sneakers on and went with the whole family to enjoy some fresh air and the beautiful scenery.   Uutela is situated in the corner of the Aurinkolahti beach and Uutela […]
August 31, 2015
Boat Trip to a Nature Reserve Area premium
Arabia district is just a tram ride away from the city centre. Here you can rent a boat for five euros – just because locals think that’s a nice way to spend a day. Keijo Lehikoinen and Matti Kosola are clearly happy with the boat Viola. They wanted to rent it out already last summer […]
August 10, 2015
Kruunuvuori – a visit to Helsinki’s Ghost Town premium
Do you want to go on a short trip within Helsinki? See some Finnish nature? And visit a site that’s probably got going to exist like this anymore, not too far from now? Something exciting and spooky? Well, I have the ultimate idea for you. Kruunuvuori is an area about 40mins East of the city […]
August 4, 2015
3 reasons to try the new Ring Rail Line premium
The Ring Rail Line The Ring Rail Line (in Finnish: Kehärata) opened on July 1st, 2015. With this line there’s now a connection between downtown Helsinki, Helsinki Airport and the rest of the country. The I and P trains stop on all the stations along the Ring Rail Line and run every 10 minutes in the […]
August 3, 2015
Kayaking in Helsinki premium
Exploring the nature around Helsinki is one of my favourite things to do – and a couple of years ago I discovered that kayaking is an amazing way to do that! There are two great things about it: you don’t need a lot of skills AND you also don’t need to go far at all […]