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Finnish Nature Day

The Finnish Nature Day will be celebrated for the fourth time as a nationwide event. Haltia and its surroundings will be filled with nature-related activities such as guided mushroom picking tours and free screenings of nature photo presentations. We will be building houses for birds - and you are welcome to join! 

Joining the event is free, but there is an entrance fee to our exhibitions. Some activities have a participation fee as well. 



10 am             Birdhouse Building

Participate in the world's largest birdhouse campaign and take part in helping the declined bird populations of Europe. The aim is to build 1 million birdhouses in Finland by May 2017. The Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE.

At Haltia we will be building 100 homes for two bird species in Nuuksio: Common Redstart and Common Starling.

All ages welcome. We will be building nestboxes until we run out of supplies, latest at 3 pm.

Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife will supply timber and tools. 

10 am             Pop-up restaurants & barbeque

All Day           Taiga – Outdoor Nature Art Exhibition


10.30am, 12pm & 1.30pm  Walking and Birding around Haltia

Bird specialists from Tringa, The Birding Society of the Helsinki Area take you for a walk in the surroundings of Haltia. We are expecting to see both resident migratory birds.

Please note that the guiding is in Finnish, yet the guides do speak English, too.

All ages welcome. Bring your own binacular, if possible. Duration 60 min. Please sign up in advance at the information point outside Haltia. Maximum of 25 participation. Free-of-charge. Organized by: Tringa ry

12pm  & 2pm              Rowing Boat Trip on Lake Nuuksion Pitkäjärvi (€)

We will be singing Finnish songs and rowing a large wooden boat on Nuuksion Pitkäjärvi. Duration 60 min. Please sign-up in advance (max. 14 persons). Participation fee 10 € pp. Organizer: Elämystorppa

12pm-4pm              Visit Nuuksio Reindeer Park (€)

Nuuksio Reindeer Park is open from 12 pm to 4 pm on Finnish Nature Day. Welcome to feed our adorable reindeer: Oscar, Niila, Taika, Lumi and Nella which love to eat lichen from your hand. Enjoy the tranquility of nature at the same time in the atmospheric Lappish hut (tepee) where we serve a black pot of coffee (tea, juice) and stick bun grilling over an open fire. Entrance fee: 10 € children (4-11 yrs.), students and seniors; 20 € / adults; 50 € / family (2+2). Address: Nuuksiontie 83. 1 km from Haltia, right after the pedestrian crossing on the right or along orange marked nature trail in the direction of Haukkalampi. 


9.30am-7pm               Exhibitions are open (€)

Explore Haltia’s exhibitions Finnish Nature and Sixty Chicks and Wild Pics. Entrance fee: 10 €/5€

11.15am & 1pm         Forest Dwellers -performance (€)

Metsän väki (Forest Dwellers) is a cross-art performance that highlights the use of different organic materials both as an inspiration and means of creating artworks. In the performance there are artworks by sculptor and environmental artist Jenni Tieaho. The large overcoats, made out of different organic materials such as pine cones and fireweed, are echoes of the forest guardians of the ancient forest. The overcoat is like our ancient national costume which gives shelter to our naked body. By wearing it, the modern human being goes on a journey into his/her “forester” history. The music for the performance was inspired by the Finnish forest and forest beliefs and it is written by Johanna Pitkänen. There are both acoustic instruments as well as sounding objects used in creating the music. The music also leaves space for improvisation. Come join us on a multisensory journey where you might hear and see strange things…

Duration appr. 30 min. Ticket:  10 €/5 € (included in the entrance fee to Haltia’s exhibition)

Jenni Tieaho - sculptures, performance

Johanna Pitkänen - composition, piano, percussion

Simona Piron - vibraphone, other percussion instruments

Anu Keski-Saari - cello

HALTIA HALL, 1st floor

1.30 pm         Presentation: Sea and Music

Sit back and enjoy Kameraseura’s photo presentation ”Sea and Music”. The presentation is accompanied with classical music. Duration 20 min. Free-of-charge.


11 am             Opening words for Finnish Nature Day

Duration 15 mins.


10am-3pm Canoeing/ kayaking

Solvalla Sport Institute has canoes and kayaks for rent (5 eur).

10am-3pm  Sauna

Solvalla’s saunas are open for everyone between 10am and 3pm. Please bring your own towel. Participation fee: 5€ pp.


11am-4pm    Lunch: Traditional Finnish Food with a modern twist. Price: 16 €/ 8 €

4pm-7pm                      Dinner menu. Please note the kitchen closes at 6.30 pm



10am-4pm  Punarinnan partiopolku

On Punarinnankierros Trail waits a task route. On the checkpoints you can think over and solve the nature and hiking related questions. The checkpoints are not supervised.

1pm-4pm      Sauna in the middle of Nuuksio National Park (€)

Experience the Finnish traditional Sauna in the heart of the Nuuksio National Park!

The sauna is on Saturdays. Men’s shift is at 13:00-14:00 and women’s at 14:00-15:00. At 15:00-16:00 is a mixed shift. The sauna costs 6€ per person. If you’re a scout or a guide, please show us your member card and the price is 5€. Children younger than 7 years are 4€ with an adult.

If you know that you are coming to sauna, please give us a call or send a text message to number +358 40 450 1664. Please take your own towels. If you're willing you can buy refreshing soft drinks from the selection of the Hut


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On Finnish Nature Day, Haltia exhibitions will be open from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.