14.06.2017

Destination of the Month: Svartå Manor in Raseborg - one visit will capture your heart

We made a visit in one of the most beautiful manor houses in Finland, Svartå Manor, at the beginning of May 2017. The Svartå Manor is located in Raseborg, in the Western part of Southern Finland, 'South Coast Finland'. It takes one hour by car from Helsinki to get Svartå village, where we visited Svartå Manor for the first time.

The Svartå Manor environment is an old ironworks area. On the other side of the river there is the oldest mill in Finland that is still in function.

We were really surprised about the extent of the area - and above all - the beauty of the place. The wooden castle is surrounded by a wide variety of buildings and a lovely park area with its romantic bridges, statues and the unique water lily path.


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When we came to Svartå, we felt that we would be somewhere else than in Finland - even in a different era. Summer flowering was just beginning.

The yellow wooden castle, built in 1792, is one of Finland's most precious manor houses. The manor house, designed by well-known architects Christian Schröder and Erik Palmsted, is Finland's largest non-ecclesiastic (non-churchy) wooden building. Other special features of the Manor are the first hand-blown double windows in Finland, and parquet floors made of four different types of wood.

It was interesting to hear that the manor house has been owned by the same family for over 200 years, with the exception of a 45-year period in 1900s. Luckily, in 1985 Magnus Linder bought the Svastå Manor back to the family. Since then, the area has been actively developed, and the family company manages the restaurant and accommodation in the area.


The staff of Restaurant Linnankrouvi. Photo: LikeFinland.com

The most remarkable lords of the Svartå Manor were Magnus Linder II who built the manor, and Magnus Linder who later bought the manor back for the family. Hjalmar Linder, Finland’s richest man lived there at the beginning of the 20th century. He was great culinarist - the food and drinks were ordered from all over the world.

The current host of Svartå Manor is Magnus's son Filip Linder and his wife, Christine Linder, who is managing director of the restaurant and hotel operations. The Svartå Manor property is funded and protected by the National Board of Antiquities in Finland.


Svartå Manor Museum and guided tours

The big yellow manor house serves today as a museum. You can only enter the museum with a guide. The guided tours are open from 6th of June until 12th of August (2017). The tours are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. (www)

The tours are available in Finnish and Swedish and on request in English, German, French and Russian.


Photo: Svartå Manor

Gorgeous countryside hotel

In Svartå Manor you can stay at the countryside hotel consisting of five historical buildings built in the 19th century. Hotel offers rooms from single rooms to cottages that are suitable for families. The buildings are located in an idyllic park, where the scenic Mustionjoki River flows. A two floor suite 'Merlin’s Tower' is romantically situated right at the riverside.

Learn more about different accommodation options


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Packages

Bon Vivant Summer Day -package, 119 € / person

A 4-course dinner at the Linnankrouvi restaurant, one night in a charming double room (Extra cost for single room +30 €), breakfast buffet in the restaurant.

The package is available 1.5 - 30.8.2017. More information and reservations: phone +358 (0)19 36 231 or info@mustionlinna.fi

 

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Is the destination suitable for families with children?

n the yard of Svartå Manor there is no traditional playground with slides, swings and trampolines, but nearby, a few hundred meters away, there is a new public playground right next to the local beach, by the Mustionjoki River.

The environment and buildings, which most of the children have seen only in story books and thrilling stories of the castles' ghosts, will surely stay children's minds until adulthood. The guided summer tours of the museum are suitable also for children with an adult.

For the kids, there is also an orienteering map with tricky questions about the park.

Bicycles and a rowing boat with life jackets are available for the guests, as well as yard games like a Finnish lawn game 'Mölkky' and badminton.

Svartå Manor is great place to stay at least for a couple of days. At the same time, you can visit other great destinations nearby, such as Fiskars and Billnäs Ironworks villages, Tytyri Mine Experience in Lohja, and Raseborg Castle Ruins as well.

 



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Extensive park area 

The park surrounding the buildings of Svartå Manor is one of the largest private historical parks in Finland. We made a one kilometer walk at the park area, which feels like retreat for the soul with its water lily path over the water, romantic bridges and statues. The park is a great spot for picnic.

In the English-style park, you can admire its flowers and plants and exotic species of trees that Fridolf Linder planted in the park at the end of the 19th century.

 


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Renewed restaurant Linnankrouvi

At the end of our visit, we enjoyed lunch in restaurant Linnankrouvi, a Neo-Gothic restaurant building built in the mid-1800's.

There was a large extension project for the restaurant building in the spring. A new bright pavilion was built to replace the terrace, which more than doubled the number of restaurant places, being now around 200.

Linnankrouvi invests in genuine flavors and uses near produced food products. 'Today's lunch' included asparagus salad, smoked salmon and creamy panna cotta with fruits. It was a very delicious meal and nice ending for our Svartå Manor visit!

 


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Contact information

Svartå Manor (www)
Hållsnäsintie 89, 10360 Mustio (Raasepori)

tel. +358 19 36 231


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Text: Sari Särkijärvi, Henri Elo

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05.06.2017

LikeFinland explored: Unique and historical sea voyage around Suomenlinna fortress

LikeFinland team participated in a historical sailing tour on the Cannon sloop Diana sailing ship in Suomenlinna's coastal waters around Helsinki last summer. 

The sailing tour offers a unique sea voyage in a special way with the crew of the 18th century: Shipbuilder of Viapori, Admiral Fredrik Henrik af Chapman and Captain Carl Fredrik Arnkhil with their crew.

The passangers participating the sailing tour this summer 2017 will be board from Suomenlinna.

"Suomenlinna, The sea fortress, founded in 1748, is a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Finland. Suomenlinna is accessible only by water. A ferry service runs from the Market Square to Suomenlinna throughout the year. The trip to Suomenlinna takes 15–20 minutes and offers magnificent views of Helsinki and the surroundings from the sea."


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A 20-meter long and 4.5-meter-wide wooden Diana was built in Suomenlinna shipyard by a shipbuilding master Mikael Holmström in 2010-2014. Diana has been constructed with traditional building materials and methods by using drawings of the original ship architect Fredrik Henrik af Chapman and old documents from the Swedish fleet's drawing office.

A surprising detail is that Diana is the first electrified-engine passenger ship in the Finnish sea area!

Cannon sloops were specially designed for maritime cruises in coastal waters. Low-speed cannon sloops, with two masts and 15 pairs of oars, could also be rowed. 


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The sailing started from the nearby Market Square in Helsinki. We all were excited because we had never been in such a sailing trip before.

The ship was sailed partly with the electric engine and partly with the sails. We tried some rowing too (!) - with help and tips of the crew naturally.

There was alltogether a dozen participants: adults who were interested in old sailing ships and families with children, keen on history, drama and action. We got them all!


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And there was really drama on this voyage! Admiral Chapman and Captain Arnkhil had a lively discussion about preparing the crew for the 18th century marine battle.

A backup crew was needed as well: Everyone had a chance to take part in rowing or in raising and lowering the sails. The rowing was successful when two people held one of the heavy oars that wasn’t allowed to fall into the sea. Eventually we landed on Vallisaari shore by ship's electric motor in a controlled manner by the back-up crew of two people.



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The sailing tour was a great and different, adventurous experience. The best part was, when both children and adults were allowed to participate in the Diana crew. Also the performance was entertaining and exciting with a fair dose of humour.

Mr Chapman and Mr Arnkhil performed well in their roles. 


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Please note

Diana is an open boat, so dressing according to weather conditions is important. Due to the wind, it may be chilly at sea even on a warm day. It is good to have a warm and relaxed casual outfit, as well as flat shoes, with you. In case of rain, it is good to bring a raincoat. It is also worth taking a bottle of water with you. Children can participate only with an adult.

Public sailing 2017

Between 28.6. - 5.8. and 12.8. / 19.8. / 26.8.

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 15.30

The play is mainly in Finnish but the crew is happy to help also foreign guests in English.


Children's maritime adventure 2017 (in Finnish)

Between 28.6. - 5.8. and 12.8. / 19.8. / 26.8.

Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 12.30


Prices


Adults 25 €
Children (3-15 years) 12 €
Prices include VAT 10%.

Duration and point of departure

The duration of the sailing or rowing tour is approximately 2 hours. Sailings depart from Suomenlinna’s Tykistölahti Pier. You can reach Suomenlinna on JT-Line’s water bus or HSL’s ferry from the Market Square (the boat trip is not included in the ticket price).


Public sailings’ ticket sales, bookings and enquiries

Tel. +358 (0)9 6841850, guidebooking@suomenlinnatours.com

More information

 

OTHER THINGS TO DO AT SUOMENLINNA

Café Piper (www)

After the sea voyage, Café Piper, the oldest cafe in Suomenlinna, is worth a visit. The café has served its guests at Suomenlinna since 1928. The beautiful wooden summerhouse is inspired by Roman temples. 

Guided tours (www)

The Ehrensvärd Society organizes guided walking tours from 1st of June until the end of August in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian, and in the wintertime in English and Russian. Guided tours are also available by reservation in 16 different languages. 

Museums

Ehrensvärd Museum (www)
Suomenlinna Museum (www)

 

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Text: Sari Särkijärvi, Henri Elo

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29.05.2017

LikeFinland explored: New destinations and impressive street art of Vantaa

LikeFinland team explored the fourth biggest city of Finland, Vantaa, in this spring 2017. We visited i.a. family destinations such as Heureka and new Pikseli Arcade as well as "Myyr York" street art region in Myyrmäki. Vantaa is located in the Helsinki capital area. 

Vantaa's romantic manors with its beautiful natural surroundings, free museums, stunning street art and impressive new destinations make Vantaa an attractive city for travelers. Especially a wide selection of family attractions and outlets are a good reason to visit Vantaa.

 

IMPRESSIVE STREET ART

One of the destinations we visited was Myyrmäki in the Western side of Vantaa.

There has been given room for street art in Myyrmäki, which makes Vantaa even more interesting. Huge street art works, both in the station building and in its surroundings, have remained surprisingly tidy. In Vantaa, there are plans to spread the idea more widely.


Works of MRDheo (left) and Salla Ikonen at Myyrmäki Station, Vantaa. Photo: LikeFinland.com


Explore the street art of Myyrmäki with a mobile application (www)

Myyrmäki's New York -style history of street art extends to the 1970s, when the high 14-storey blocks of flats were built to this area. They almost seemed like skyscrapers in the youth's eye. The neighborhood with its train bridges was like in New York. That is when the name "Myyr York" was born.

WIDE SELECTION OF RESTAURANTS

The selection of Myyrmäki’s restaurants is surprisingly wide. At the area of Myyrmäki station and Myyrmanni shopping center there are restaurants that offers American style and vegetarian food and also Nepalese, Thai and Vietnamese flavors as well.


Restaurant Wanda's cheerful staff in Myyrmäki. Photo: LikeFinland.com


INTERESTING MUSEUMS WITH FREE ENTRANCE

Vantaa Art Museum Artsi, Myyrmäki

Artsi is a museum that specialises in graffiti, street art and performance. It celebrates the forthcoming centenary of Finland with an exhibition that will endure the whole year. The exhibition Vallaton – Rascal consists of four independent settings - by more than one hundred Artist guests - that change according to the seasons.



Painting of Katja Tukiainen in Artsi is one of Saara Lintunen's favorites. Photo: LikeFinland.com

 
Vantaa City Museum, Tikkurila

New exhibition Room for Love - Speedway of Emotion was opened on Valentine's Day 2017.

The love exhibition is based on a 2-year project, in which the museum has collected love stories by interviews and online surveys from more than 100 people from Vantaa. The stories are mainly in Finnish or Swedish, but you can ask for information also in English, or book a guided tour.

It was interesting to read the love stories that had begun from the places we knew, as well as stories in which a single spice or cake recipe has brought two people together. The exhibition has a fascinating and positive surprise material, for example realistic and outspoken diaries of the 1990's.

It was fun to see what kind of objects people have saved from their past love stories. There was also a wall that was full of wedding pictures from different decades. 

Vantaa City Museum (www)
Hertaksentie 1, Vantaa


Wedding pictures from different decades at Vantaa City Museum. Photo: Likefinland.com 

ROMANTIC MANORS OF VANTAA

A visit to the Vantaa City Museum's love exhibition can be conveniently combine with staying and dining in a romantic manor.

Hämeenkylä Manor

Hämeenkylä Manor with its beautiful pink and yellow manor houses is definitely worth a visit. The history of a cultural history extends to the 16th century.

The hotel and restaurant, as it is today, was opened to the public in 2013.

Hämeenkylä Manor is an ideal place for couples who want to spend a romantic weekend in a magnificent manor by relaxing and enjoying good food in a nice atmosphere.

Hämeenkylä Manor (www)
Juustenintie 1, Vantaa

Photo: Hämeenkylä Manor

King's Estate & The Old File Factory

Nearly 6 km from the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, along Kehä III highway (Ring 3) or along beautiful bike paths east to Vantaanjoki, you arrive at the Kuninkaan Kartano Manor (King's Estate). The rooms of Manor have been used by the Swedish-speaking elementary school for about 80 years until the end of the 1970s, and later as the training facilities of the City of Vantaa.


King's Estate. Photo: Kuninkaan Lohet

Vanha Viilatehdas, The Old File Factory, located near the Manor house, was in operation until 1903.

Both restaurants are open to visitors during the opening hours and events.

There are open guided canoe tours at the Vantaa River. The excursion is perfect for everyone, and no previous experience of kayaking is needed. Good swimming skills is required.

Kuninkaan Lohet: King's Estate and The Old File Factory (www)
Voudintie 1, Vantaa 

Old File Factory, Viilatehdas. Photo: Kuninkaan Lohet

 

NEW AND RENEWED DESTINATIONS OF VANTAA


Within a short time, Vantaa has gained many new interesting destinations, exhibitions and reforms.


Pikseli Arcade

LikeFinland team explored a new virtual reality park, called Pikseli Arcade, at Flamingo leisure world in Vantaa, near Helsinki. Pikseli,  opened in January 2017, is not only the first VR (virtual reality) park in Finland but in the whole Scandinavia to this extent!

There are 14 game rooms in Pikseli, which is located on the second floor at Flamingo. Pikseli lets you not only watch a movie or play a game, but to live inside it. The experience is unique.

We were positively surprised that Pikseli, with its kindly staff and wide selection of different games and VR experiences, is suitable also for those who are not so familiar with video gaming. Pikseli is also a unique holiday destination for those who are travelling in Helsinki area, located near Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. 

Pikseli Arcade (www)
Flamingo leisure world
Tasetie 8, Vantaa

Read our article about Pikseli Arcade

Pikseli Arcade. Photo: LikeFinland.com

Fazer Visitor Center

Another newcomer in Vantaa is Fazer Visitor Center in Eastern Vantaa, Vaarala, opened in autumn 2016. Fazer, a classic school class trip destination, has now opened its doors also to individual visitors. The exhibition introduces a visitor to Fazer's history and products. In addition to the exhibition, Fazer Visitor Center has its own cafeteria and shop where you can buy delicacies.

Fazer Experience Visitor Center (www)
Fazerintie 6, Vantaa

Photo: Visit Vantaa

Finnish Science Centre Heureka

We explored in this spring also a renewed Finnish Science Centre Heureka in Vantaa.

The Finnish Science Centre Heureka, located in Helsinki metropolitan area, in the heart of Vantaa city, Tikkurila, is one of Finland’s most popular leisure time destinations for all ages. In Heureka, visitors can experience the joy of discovery through spectacular exhibitions, planetarium films and events.

The expanded and renewed Science Centre Heureka reopened doors to the public on 28 January, 2017.

Renewed Finnish Science Centre Heureka. Photo: LikeFinland.com

At first sight Heureka looks more spacious. And no wonder, after all, there is now approximately 2 000 square meters more space than before. With small changes, Heureka has succeeded in creating quite a stylish package being a traditional class trip destination. It is definitely worth a visit with foreign guests - or for you, who are planning a trip to Finland!

There are so many things to see and experience in Heureka. One day is not enough, if you want to see and experience all that Heureka has to provide you.

It was great to notice that Heureka had built an area where children can design and create different things by themselves or together with an adult. And also that Heureka appears now as a Science Centre for people of all ages.

Heureka Science Centre (www)
Kuninkaalantie 7 (parking: Kuninkaalantie 5), Vantaa

Read our article about the renewed Heureka


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OUR OTHER STAR DESTINATIONS IN VANTAA:

Flamingo Spa & Waterpark (www)
Indoor adventure park Naurusaari (www)
Prison Island adventure (www)
Megazone laser tag (www)

More fun things to do in Vantaa

SuperPark indoor activity park (www)
Finnish Aviation Museum (www)
Kuusijärvi outdoor recreational center (www)
Sipoonkorpi National Park (www)

Fun things to do for families (City of Vantaa)
Fun thing to do in Vantaa (LikeFinland.com) 

USEFUL LINKS

Visit Vantaa (www)

Hotels in Vantaa (www)
Restaurants in Vantaa (www)
Shopping destinations in Vantaa (www)


Kuusijärvi, Vantaa. Photo: LikeFinland.com


The City of Vantaa and other Star Destinations, mentioned and linked in the article, are media customers of LikeFinland.com media. 

Text: Sari Särkijärvi, Henri Elo

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Our main website in Finnish is www.KivaaTekemista.fi.

17.05.2017

Scandinavia's first virtual reality park Pikseli Arcade was opened in Vantaa!

LikeFinland team explored a new virtual reality park, named Pikseli Arcade, at Flamingo leisure world in Vantaa, near Helsinki. Pikseli, opened in Jan 2017, is not only the first VR (virtual reality) park in Finland but in the whole Scandinavia to this extent!

Pikseli is suitable for almost all ages. For children under school age, the virtual reality game glasses may be too heavy to use for a long time.

Everyone is welcome to play without booking, but reservation in advance is recommended especially on Saturdays.

Elina is briefing Daniel.

Before gaming, players watch a guided video and the staff gives instructions how to play games or how to experience the virtual world. In VR games, the player is able to look at any direction by turning his/her head. The views change just like (s)he would be there for real.

Pikseli lets you not only watch a movie or play a game, but to live inside it. The experience is unique. 

There are 14 game rooms in Pikseli, which is located on the second floor at Flamingo. There can be only one player playing the game in a game room at the same time, but two more can follow and encourage the player! They watch the screen how the game is going on. 

Wide range of games

Pikseli has a surprisingly wide game selection. There are kids' games, action games, mountaineering, scuba diving and short films, even a mini opera! The game selection is constantly being reformed.

Pikseli Arcade gives nice experiences both for children' celebrities and also for working place kick-offs, not forgetting families. There is also a party room for groups, where you can sit down and enjoy drinks and snacks.


The staff is able to limit the range of games in each game rooms, as the selection also includes games that are not allowed for players under 18 years. You can stop the game at any time, if you don’t want to play it anymore, and choose a new game to play. The staff is happy to help you with little tips and tricks concerning the  games and equipment. The atmosphere was really good. 

It is possible to get familiar with Pikseli's games in advance through the Pikseli Arcade web-pages, and it is recommended to book at least one hour to play. The game is nice and inexpensive to experience with a friend in the same game room, where you can easily take turns.

Very popular games for teenagers are for example Raw Data and Elven Assassin. On the other, the mountain climbing game Everest is liked by all the age groups and it is suitable also for the beginners. Google Earth is a great way to explore a holiday destination from the air before the trip - or afterwards.

Our LikeFinland team was positively surprised that Pikseli, with its kindly personnel and wide selection of different games and VR experiences, is suitable also for those who are not so familiar with video gaming. Pikseli is also a unique holiday destination for those who are travelling in Helsinki area, located near Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.

 

Visiting hours

Mon - Tue 14:00-21:00
Wed - Thu 12:00-21:00
Friday 12:00-22:00
Saturday 11:00-22:00
Sunday 11:00-19:00
Other times are negotiable.

Pricing

30 min / 20€
60 min / 36€ 
Price / one room. Max. 3 persons can enter one room at a time.


Kindly Pikseli employees Ada, Mirka and Artur.

Contact information

Pikseli Arcade (www)
Flamingo leisure world
Tasetie 8, Vantaa

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Text: Henri Elo, Sari Särkijärvi
Photos: LikeFinland.com

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21.04.2017

Destination of the Month: The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia - Memorable trip to the Finnish nature and culture

LikeFinland team visited the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia on a sunny spring day in March. Haltia is located by a beautiful Nuuksion Pitkäjärvi Lake in Espoo, to the west of Helsinki. You can just take a bus from Espoo Centre 'Espoon keskus'.

A wooden building with large windows, designed by architect Rainer Mahlamäki, was opened to the public in May 2013. Haltia has a fantastic location in the metropolitan area, but it is still near the nature and away from Espoo and Helsinki cities.

Haltia is funded by cities of Espoo and Helsinki, as well as the nearby municipalities and cities (Vantaa, Kauniainen, Kirkkonummi, Vihti), Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland and Solvalla Nedre Ab.

The Nature Centre's purpose is to familiarize people to the nature and give them a sparkle to go outside - and explore the nature of the whole Finland!


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In Haltia you can get familiar with a Finnish environmentally-aware architecture, art and eco-technologies. Haltia is the first public building in Finland built entirely of massive wood elements. Large windows bring in lots of natural light. Nature seems to be close to you, even if you are inside.

The environment has been taken into account in Haltia’s facilities and activities through skillful design and the latest ecological solutions. Among other features, the building is heated and cooled with energy derived from the sun and the earth cover. 

Haltia is a gate to Finland’s beautiful nature destinations. You are able to experience all the seasons at the same time and dive into the magnificent scenery of Finland’s national parks. Haltia is an excellent place to visit for those, who don’t have the opportunity or time to go to nature.

Haltia works as a customer service point for visitors of Nuuksio National Park, but also for those who are planning a trip to Sipoonkorpi National Park, east of Helsinki, or to the fortress island of Vallisaari in the coast of Helsinki. Vallisaari was opened to the public last summer. In the main exhibition area of Haltia it is possible to make a virtual tour in Vallisaari.


Map of Vallisaari. Photo: LikeFinland.com

The Nature Centre consists of three exhibition areas: The main exhibition, Green Belt exhibition, and the special exhibition. In addition to these, there is an exhibition area outside of the building. New outdoor exhibition, "The man and the wolves" by a world-renowned wolf-photographer Jim Brandenburg, will be opened in May.


HALTIA SHOP & LIBRARY

From Haltia Shop you can buy for example maps for hiking trips as well as books, jewellery, CDs, souvenirs and other gift items related to nature and hiking. 

The shop is situated in Haltia’s main lobby. Near the shop, there is also a library and reading corner, where you can find information about national parks, hiking and nature. The library’s selection includes outdoor activity maps, online maps, brochures, hiking magazines, and books.


Photo: LikeFinland.com


NEW EXHIBITION: COMEDY WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - THE WORLD'S FUNNIEST WILDLIFE PHOTOS AT HALTIA

The new special exhibition at Finnish Nature Center Haltia is an humorous photo composition of wild animals in funny real life situations. The exhibition is based on the competition - The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. The physical exhibition had it's World premiere on 4th of March, and it will be ongoing until fall of 2017. 

The aim of the competition is to raise awareness and advance the conservation of nature and animals through joy and positive feelings. The competition is open for all. It is only allowed to photograph wild animals in their natural environments. Funny picture should be taken without disturbing the wildlife.

All of the photos at the exhibition are for sale and the profit will be donated to the Born Free Foundation, which is a wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild.

There were 56 fun and captivating photographic works. The funny photos of animals, their expressions and attitudes are interesting for people of all ages.


Photo: LikeFinland.com


MAIN EXHIBITON

We noticed some changes at the Main exhibition area compared to our previous visit in Haltia a few years ago. It was great to see that Haltia tends to be renewed over time, which makes it even more attractive destination.

The Snowy Canyon, leading to the main exhibition space, describes life on the snow, in it and under it.

After the Canyon you can see a large wooden Duck Egg and a wide panorama screen, where you can watch changing presentations and stunning sceneries of Finland's national parks. Photos are taken by well-known nature photographers and are updated from time to time.

One of our favorites was Touch the Nature touchscreens, where you can explore all the 39 Finnish National Parks!

We tried a new voice guidance in Haltia; a visitor gets a headset and a simple remote control. Voice guidance is available in Finnish, Swedish and English.

Guidance in Russian, Chinese, Japanese, German, French and Italian is also possible, but should be booked in advance.


The Snowy Canyon of Haltia. Photo: LikeFinland.com


FUN THINGS TO DO FOR KIDS

The Visitor Center organizes plenty of events for families. In the first Saturday of every month, there is a Kids Nature Saturday in Haltia.

Alina from Haltia told us that, the kids like especially the animal nests of the main exhibition as well as the Snowy Canyon. For children there are also tasks related to the main show. 



You can go to the bear's nest! :) Photo: LikeFinland.com


GREEN BELT EXHIBITION

The Helsinki Metropolitan Area differs from the other capitals of the world with its exceptionally wide green territory.

The protected and recreational areas of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area form a so-called Green Belt - from Sipoonkorpi National Park in Sipoo in east side of Helsinki to the west coast, Porkkalanniemi in Kirkkonummi. The Green Belt includes the archipelago, the coast, forests, lakes, rivers, bogs and cultural landscapes.

The Green Belt exhibition introduces visitors to the natural environment of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area, providing information on the destinations’ natural values, history, program and guide activities as well as equipment rental and recreational services. Some of them may be unknown to even the residents of this area.

At the Green Belt Exhibition you can sit back and look at the panoramic images that change according to the four seasons, spring, summer, autumn, winter. The exhibition will be redeveloped during the spring.



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NUUKSIO NATIONAL PARK

Nuuksio National Park is one of the most popular nature destinations among the citizens of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. The National Park turns 23 this year. It has an area of ​​55 square kilometers, extending to Espoo, Kirkkonummi and Vihti municipalities.

Nature center is located right next to Nuuksio National Park. The marked hiking trails starts from right next to the Haltia parking lots. A connection trail to National Park's main entrance Haukkalampi is 4,6 km.

The National Park can be reached in many different routes. Parking is available at different parts of the national park and its edges. Bus number 245 from Espoo Centre drives to Nuuksio all year round.

The Nuuksio National Park covers the westernmost part of the Nuuksio lake uplands, which is the largest and, as regards natural values, most important continuous wilderness area in the Uusimaa Region. Nuuksio boasts beautiful glens, steep gullies, rocks, groves, lakes, ponds and bogs. 

Dozens of endangered and rare animal, plant and fungi species have been found there.

Nuuksio National Park has a total of approx. 33 kilometers of marked hiking trails. Cooking shelters and camping areas make the park an excellent hiking destination.

Nearly 350 000 hikers visited Nuuksio last year. Finnish Nature Centre Haltia had allmost 180 000 visitors. The Visitor Center is open from Tuesday to Sunday throughout the year, in summer time (from May) also on Mondays.



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MOODS AFTER THE DAY

Haltia is a surprisingly large entity and it may easily take several hours to make the most of it.

Haltia was memorable because of its versatility. Many do not realize that Haltia provides not only nature experiences but also cultural experiences. There is an art exhibition and also the building itself is a kind of a work of art - Finnish architecture and ultra-modern ecological solutions are worth introducing for foreign guests.

When you sit down to watch the video presentation at the main exhibition, you can easily imagine yourself sitting on a rock admiring a beautiful lake scenery and feel the peace and presence of the nature. If you like nature, Haltia visit is the excellent way just to enjoy and relax, as we did in our visit. :)

Right after the visit I started to think and make some plans, of which nature destinations I would like to see and visit next in Finland.

In connection with the Nature Centre, there is a restaurant Haltia on the second-floor. It is definitely worth to visit because of its generous lunch buffet. Pure and near produced Finnish food with genuine taste makes the experience even better. In warm weather, food can be enjoyed in the restaurant's outdoor terrace, which offers stunning views over the Nuuksion Pitkäjärvi Lake and the forests. More information

** “Nature on the plate” lunch 18 € / adult, 9 € / 4-12 years, children under 4 years eat for free with an adult **



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ACCESSIBLE HALTIA

Haltia is easy to access. Haltia was designed to enable wheelchair users to get almost to all parts of the building except for example the Pohjannaula tower.

At Haltia, you can also go out to enjoy nature in a wheelchair or with children’s pushchairs at nearby Maahisenkierros nature trail. The trail is 1.8 kilometres long.  Due to the varying terrain in the area, the trail is classified as a demanding wheelchair trail, and persons in wheelchairs need to bring an assistant with them.

Haltia’s lighting has also been designed to enable the visually impaired to get around in the building.
More information


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CONTACT INFORMATION

Finnish Nature Centre Haltia
(www)
Nuuksiontie 84, 02820 ESPOO

Tel. +358 (0)40 163 6200


OPENING HOURS 

Winter, October 1 - April 30
9:30 AM – 5 PM, TUE-SAT (Closed on Mondays)

Summer, May 1 - September 30
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, DAILY


TICKET PRICES

Adults 12  € (including all exhibitions and audio guide)
Children 5 € (7 - 17 years old) + 2€ if audio guide is included
Children under 7 years of age no entrance fee
Family ticket 25  € (including 1–2 adults and 1–4 children + audio guides) 

Annual ticket 16 € (personal)

Ticket prices include VAT 10%
Guided tours 95 € / h for max. 25 persons / group (incl. VAT 24%). 

 

USEFUL LINKS

Virtual tour

Guided tours

Getting there

Rental Equipment

Accomodation in Nuuksio

Hiking in Finnish nature

NuuksioResort - nature activities and services in Nuuksio area

 

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Text: Sari Särkijärvi, Henri Elo

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