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- A truly charming forest to visit for walks and camping. Fresh air, loads of space and paths to follow.
Do remember: dogs are to kept in leash in national parks.Written 6 November 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Espoo Museum of Modern Art (EMMA) is competing with Kiasma Art Museum in Helsinki. Espoo Museum is located in a grey dull building which is the former Weilin&Göös printing house from 1974. What it takes to buildings, Kiasma is located in a more striking building with more interesting architecture.
What it takes to exhibitions, it is hard to say which one is better. On this Espoo visit, there was a stunning exhibition "Chiharu Shiota: Tracing Boundaries". It is an immersive installation consisting of tautly crisscrossing threads. Visitors are entering the maze of yarn, which encloses a sequence of old doors that open alternative routes through the work.
Another impressive work was "Daniel Buren: Going for a Walk in a Zigzag". Buren created this enormous work consisting of countless folding screens, inviting visitors to take a walk through the zigzagging maze.
Daniel Buren is famous for his practice of using 8.7 cm-wide vertical stripes as a visual tool to reveal hidden aspects of familiar spaces. In May, you can find 105 striped flags filling Espoo’s Tapionaukio square. Museum’s personnel have also striped vests.Written 24 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I visited Halita nature centre during the off season, after completing a short hike in the surrounding forest before it opened for the morning. The building is quite open and airy, being completely sustainable. On arrival there are hiking leaflets showing routes and trails together with other information leaflets about accommodation, transport and general wildlife safety for the local area.
The floor is completely wooden so you are encouraged to take off your hiking boots and put on light sandals as you walk around the centre so to not cause damage to the floor. There are small shoe/boot lockers for you to do this (free to use) and doing so actually means you can experience the exhibition hall a little better.
The exhibition hall itself has a high vaulted ceiling, and the floor is made up of different material and fabrics – all designed to mimic the natural environment. For example, leaves and wood, taking off your shoes will actually help this effect. Surround sound and projections onto the wall and ceiling of different scenery (streams, hillsides, forests, lakes etc) during different seasons all compliment these senses. It’s quite beautiful and relaxing. To the sides there are small areas for the children to experience what it is like for different animals. There is a small dark ‘den’ that children can crawl into complete with small bear to simulate hibernation. I spent about 25 minutes in the hall, but there isn’t a huge amount besides this area to see inside the building itself.
There is a small basement area with toilets and examples of different insects together with a research room and staff area, and on the upper floor a large café/restaurant area. I didn’t use this so can’t comment on food and costs. Toilets were kept clean, however. I did visit the shop in the centre and the products were presented nicely and all wilderness related, with a clear majority all being local and sustainable. Prices were a little expensive however.
The outside area of the centre comprises of some tipi’s which can be hired out to groups (I’m assuming for events?) and had a picture exhibition taken by a wildlife photographer all about wolves. I found this quite interesting, although is quite small.
Staff were knowledgeable and helpful. The lady who welcomed me in also pointed out a good viewing point that I could visit that was only about a 25 minute walk away. I took her advice and wasn’t disappointed in the view when I got there. Had she not mentioned this I would have missed out. One of the benefits of visiting in the low season in the morning is that there are few other people around.
I was able to get the 245 bus back to Espoo which is about a 30-minute journey with the same timeframe of frequency. There are also 2 small parking areas near the centre. I can imagine the area teaming with tourists in the height of summer so would definitely recommend visiting during the shoulder or low season to make the most of the experience.Written 1 February 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This exhibition centre is also called EMMA and is situated in Tapiola very near the metro station, only 1 kilometer from there. There are always many exhibitions at the same time. Last time we saw MIchael Jackson exhibition which was wort seeingWritten 6 November 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Prison break -room was a very nice experience! Great puzzles ranging from simple to challenging, and multiple stages of play. We went as a couple (some experience in escape rooms) with our teenage daughter (no experience) and the difficulty was exactly as advertised. It was challenging but doable. With did solve it, but with couple hints. With some more experience, we would have likely made it without hints. Very well designed escape room!Written 22 May 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Dog sledding with Tapio was definitely the highlight of our trip! The huskies are super cute and gentle. Tapio is the nicest guide we met and he taught us how to tie and command the dogs. The woods are beautiful as well and having a barbecue within is definitely a unique experience for people from the city like us. We will surely recommend this activity for anyone (couples, families) who enjoys the nature and company by animals.Written 18 May 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Perfect place to spend 3 h with friends and kids. The easiest routes are suitable from abt 6 yrs, whereas the black more demanding routes were challenging for a sporty 11 year old.
What should I wear ? Jogging shoes, andnfitting clothes. In the summer shorts and t-shirt probably a good choice.
Do I have to be fit and agile to enjoy this ? Not really, just open minded and not afraid of hights. The routes’ heights vary from 1 1/2 meter up to 18 m. A little bit scary for some, but you feel safe all the time.
Friendly staff. Expect to pay 100 euros for 2 adults & 2 kids.Written 19 July 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.