The Finnish Nature Center Haltia is a modern exhibition and event centre bringing all Finland’s nature jewels under one roof. Nature from all over Finland, from southern archipelago up till snowy hills of Lapland and all Finland's 40 National Parks can be experienced here, right at the greater Helsinki area.
Despite of its' small size, there are several individual both traditional and multimedia exhibitions at Haltia, all around the year. Both kids and adults enjoy here: Have you ever heard bear sleeping? Or even pet it? How about listening strong wind of the hills at Lapland? Or seen the viper? Even enjoyed the atmosphere of the wilderness hut? At Haltia you can enjoy the nature in many ways. Outside the building there's "kota" (tiipii), where you can set a fire. Or enjoy delicious meals at the Restaurant Haltia, with its' highly acclaimed local and as much organic as possible "Nature Plate" meal. And don't forget a visit at Haltia Shop - there are various things from useful equipment for hiking till soft toys and interior design.
The Haltia building itself was designed by the architect Rainer Mahlamäki, who was inspired by the tales of Kalevala, the Finnish national epic. Can you see the connection with the goldeneye? The design enables man and nature come together peacefully and harmoniously. Haltia features a new era in wood building, actually it was the first public building in Finland built entirely of CLT wood elements.
The environment has been taken into account at Haltia's facilities and activities through outstanding design and the latest ecological solutions. Among other advanced eco features, the building is heated and cooled with energy derived from the Sun and the Earth. As a result of these Haltia received" Special commendation for Sustainability" by "European Museum of the Year Award" (2015) and we have had many companies, architects and students as visitors getting to know this unique building.
Haltia is surrounded by the spectacular views of Nuuksio and Lake Pitkäjärvi, excellent hiking paths and even Nuuksio National park . We welcome you to come and visit us and spend the day by Finland's diverse and loved nature!
Metsähallitus Parks & Wildlife Finland are in charge of Haltia’s operations.
In the spring 2015, at the annual European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) ceremony, Haltia received Special commendation for sustainability.