The nature destinations of the Helsinki metropolitan area can be visited this year on a total of 130 nature tours. Information on these tours is compiled in the 2019 metropolitan Nature Calendar, which lists tours in the area from April through October–November. The tours start with migratory bird watching, and they will end by observing brown trout laying eggs at the Longinoja brook and by camping in Espoo as the days become shorter and shorter.
The Helsinki metropolitan cities of Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa have organized free-of-charge, guided tours to nature for their citizens for more than 30 years.
The Helsinki metropolitan nature is unbelievably versatile and amazing. The metropolitan area has splendid cultural and natural landscape with rich flora and fauna. The landscape hides many exciting stories.
Physical activity in nature is good for the mind and the body. Nature tours are also occasions to meet other nature-minded people. Tours experienced together with others can be remembered fondly, and they provide a great deal of information to be used later on when going out to nature on one’s own. Nature tours and park walks help new residents of the metropolitan area to familiarize themselves with their new home region.
Summer’s buzzing insects, new
public islands and recreational communal work
Many of the summer 2019 nature tours acquaint participants to buzzing and running insects. The tour guide will be equipped with an insect catcher.
A new and excellent tool for the planning of do-it-yourself island tours will be provided by the Journey Planner of Helsinki Region Transport (HSL), which will include the timetables of ferries to the 26 islands with regular water transport services in the summer season. The islands’ departure piers will also be marked on Journey Planner. Please keep in mind that Harakka Island celebrates its 30th anniversary as an island open to visitors!
The Nature Calendar also lists a large number of nature care communal projects. Participants are offered recreation, physical activity and good feeling.
Calendars available from city libraries and customer service counters
Close to 30,000 copies of the print calendar are available from the city libraries of Espoo, Helsinki, Kauniainen and Vantaa as well as from nature centres. The calendar is also available online (PDF). The most central place to obtain your copy in the Helsinki city centre is Helsinki Central Library Oodi.
The guided tours are mainly in Finnish. Some tours are organized in Swedish, and one tour is in English. The tours are free of charge, but fees are charged for ferry rides. Some special tours require registration, but all others can be joined without registration. Anyone can join any tour regardless of their home city. Some tours are accessible. Participation requires no special fitness; normal physical condition is sufficient.
Park walks in Helsinki in Finnish, Swedish and English can be found at https://vihreatsylit.fi/en/