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  • frequentflyersuffolk
    Sudbury, UK295 contributions
    Easy to reach forest park from Espoo. Lovely walking trails, plenty to see and do. Beautiful lake with grills which we took advantage of. Beautifully maintained and very clean. Lots of room so we didn't felt as it was crowded. Would be amazing with the snow in the winter season.
    Written 19 September 2021
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  • OutInTheNature
    Finland136 contributions
    Kaitalampi in Espoo is the perfect forest area and lake to escape the hustle and bustle of the capital area in Finland. Only about 35 minutes from Helsinki, Kaitalampi lake in Luukki recreation area provides nice trails and several cooking shelters for spending a day outdoors.
    Written 24 April 2020
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland5,373 contributions
    Leppävaara is a major traffic hub by the local railwayline from Helsinki connecting vastly scattered Espoo suburbs with busses. There is a steady flow of customers as all the shops in the area including several supermarkets are concentrated here. The older building with large escalators has a cozy atmosphere with lots of cafeterias and restaurants.
    Written 1 February 2021
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  • Mikael F
    Helsinki, Finland23,765 contributions
    Espoo Cathedral is a medieval stone church from the 1480s.

    The interior is exceptionally beautiful. The vaults and walls of the older parts are decorated with striking murals.
    Written 21 January 2020
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  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland5,373 contributions
    Big Apple is the equivalent of eastern Itis for people living around the Espoo shores. During the past year some outlets have changed retailers but the general impression is business as usual ensured by two big supermarkets downstairs. The metro soon to be extended to Kivenlahti brings many customers now as they have to change to the local bus here. The location by the thoroughfare Länsiväylä was originally chosen to be easily reached by private car. The three cities Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa form the Capital District yet people living in the wealthiest part of Espoo seldom need to visit Helsinki for their shopping.
    Written 26 January 2021
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  • Mohito
    Helsinki, Finland21 contributions
    I were Camping there with my friend and our kids. We didnt stay at camping area, we were staying In the forest next by the lake.
    There is many places to stay In the forest, i recommend to find your own cool place to stay, instead of boring camping area.

    There is free toilets and drinking water 24/7 at the beach,kids big playground, restaurant, outdoor gym and other sports, and lots of stuff to do.

    Nature is beautiful, and it was easy place to go with small children.
    Written 9 December 2019
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  • JariJK
    Kouvola, Finland5,003 contributions
    I took a metro train (a subway) from Helsinki city center to Aalto University and walked from there to the southern point of Laajalahti Nature Reserve in Otaniemi. It took less than five minutes to walk there.

    There are walking and biking routes, duckboards (biking not allowed), some picnic tables, three bird watching towers and cows in the pasture within the precincts of Laajalahti Nature Reserve. About 100 nesting bird species have been seen there.

    Villa Elfvik is the visitor center of Laajalahti Nature Reserve. This Art Nouveau villa was built in 1904. You also find Cafe Elfvik (read separate Tripadvisor reviews) in the villa. The distance from the southern point of the nature reserve to the villa is about 2.7 kilometers. There are short nature trails around the villa. Some of them are accessible. You can borrow a pair of binoculars from the information desk.

    Villa Elfvik is situated near the ring road named Ring 1. There are parking places and a city bike station near the villa. So this northern part of the nature reserve is also a good starting point. Remember to visit the upstairs of the villa, too. You find a butterfly collection and a small playground there.

    There is also an archaeological site next to the villa. A brick factory was located there in the 18th century. A faience factory was established in the old brick factory at the turn of the 19th century.

    I wasn't sure if I should give the rating of three or four stars. Laajalahti Nature Reserve deserves four stars as a nature area in the metropolitan area. However, this isn't a very good nature area if you think the whole country. There are countless nature areas which are much better elsewhere in Finland.
    Written 25 May 2022
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  • Simon
    8 contributions
    We bought a premium branded sofa from Vepsalainen which ended up being extremely poor quality despite us following the care instructions to the letter - pilling on the covers and collapsed cushions, etc which led to the sofa being grossly uncomfortable causing back pain as a result.

    The aftersales service with slow, unhelpful and challenging in their response. The end result being they offered to reduce the cost of new covers. This would of course not have alleviated the greater problem.

    Given the high prices charged one would expect both better quality products and a higher level of service. We are now seeking to buy another sofa from another company entirely.

    Avoid Vepsalainen at all costs,
    Written 6 July 2021
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