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guided hike

Hike in nature's oasis in Helsinki

guided hike

Hike in nature's oasis in Helsinki

Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food
Hosted in
English
guided hike

Hike in nature's oasis in Helsinki

guided hike

Hike in nature's oasis in Helsinki

Duration
3 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Food
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

We will meet at easy-to-reach Arabianranta final stop for trams 6 and 8. From tram stop we hike to most important nature reserve in Helsinki: Viikki-Vanhankaupunginlahti Nature Reserve. The area is build of forests, alder marshes, fields and meadows. Plant and animal is abundant, which makes Viikki-Vanhankaupunginlahti bay a place of great interest nature enthusiasts. It is an oasis in the middle of urban Helsinki. This trip is a perfect add-on if you want to see nature on your otherwise urban travel experience. On a hike around Vanhankaupunginlahti and to Lammassaari and Kuusiluoto we have some group activities and stop for bird watching by bird-hides and towers. In Kuusiluoto you will hear about lives of local fisherman and how they made they living helping smugglers at the times of prohibition. We may also see some urban sheeps living on island. In Kuusiluoto we have a picnic lunch: Finnish style creamy mushroom soup with fresh rye bread, coffee, tea and blueberry pie. We consider your diets and offer also tasty vegan and gluten-free alternatives. After lunch guide walks you back to tram stop. Pouring rain and a slushy snowstorm is a big part of Finnish lifestyle. That's why our hike will be organised in every weather throughout a year. So wear warm waterproof clothes. We follow principals of sustainability

Your host

Learn more about Mia

Mia

I am a professional wilderness and nature guide with an official education. Helsinki is my original home town though I have been living on a countryside last couple of years. I find nature beautiful, wild but safe, calming and inspiring. I know how to stay and hike safely in a Finnish nature. Last two years I have been traveling around Finland and Nordic hiking, ski touring, mountain biking, bike packing and kayaking. I have been going on extreme conditions: sleeping outside in -20 degrees and paddling against the strong wind in a high waves. But what always touches me most is quietness of Finnish forest, archipelago and fells. That I want to share with people - the magic and sound of silence.

What's included

Food
Picnic lunch outside: Nordic type creamy mushroom soup made of Finnish forest mushrooms. Soup is served with fresh rye bread…

Where you'll be

Vanhankaupunginlahti is located near to the very birthplace of Helsinki on a mouth of river Vantaa. Viikki-Vanhankaupunginlahti is a versatile nature reserve with wetlands, alder marshes, meadows and fields. It is rich both birds and plants. There are several hiking trails and duckboards over the wetland. Lammassaari and Kuusiluoto have both a long history as recreational area for labor class but also as home of fisherman families.

Guest safety

Outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 10 and up can attend. You can walk on terrain at least 7 kilometers. You tolerate bad weather like rain and snow.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

More tips

We will go out any weather. So have weather proof cloths and waterproof shoes. The hike is around 7 km long. Terrain is rather easy, but you will enjoy it more if you have a decent physical condition. Our picnic lunch is served after 1,5 hours hike, so you may need a little snack in you pocket.

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Mia
Hike in nature's oasis in Helsinki
New experience
$73/person
New experience
$73/person