Nature days 2017 - Four days to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence
When Finns were asked what they would like to celebrate during 2017 when Finland turns 100, nine out of ten replied: Finnish nature. According to surveys carried out with international tourists coming to Finland, over 50 % say that nature was the most important reason. So, let's celebrate together!
Four days to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence
Nature Days 2017 are four days full of events and exploring nature together – for your own enjoyment, and to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Finland's independence. Nature days 2017 is an official programme to celebrate Finland's 100 years of independence. It is run by 50 organisations ranging from nature conservation to health organisations. The joint message is that nature makes you happier.
Of course, Finnish nature can be enjoyed all year round, so don't panic if you cannot come while the four Nature Days are rolling (4 Feb, 20 May, 17 June and 26 August). But the events organized all-over-the-country during these four days give an example of what kind of activities you can ask for or join in while in Finland.
They also reveal the special charasteristics of the Finns. So take a sneak-peak to the special ways Finns celebrate their country, get curious and do visit us.
Saturday 20 May 2017: Go wild in the spring
Spring in Finland is just amazing. Suddenly after the long winter, which drags out up to March, almost summerish spring is there. Everything is lush and green.
And what is best. Even in cities, wild herbs that suddenly come up surprising everyone with their greenery, are clean enough to eat. Hey, after this, 4-5 months ahead no need to buy your lettuce or herbs. Just go out foraging.
Finland has this special thing called Everyman's Rights. People of all nationalities have the right to enjoy the Finnish countryside freely under the traditional Finnish legal concept. You may hike even off-the-beat-track, pick berries and mushrooms, angle, and pick flowers. But together with these wide-ranging rights comes the responsibility to respect nature, other people, and property. Special regulations are in place in national parks and many nature reserves. But basically: there is more space for free enjoyment than restrictions. Check instructions for instance at www.nationalparks.fi/hikinginfinland.
Finland is known for its superfood: wild berries. Mushroom picking is popular in autumn. But a new trend is Wild Herb Foraging. Even in Helsinki, the capital area, it is quite easy to go out in the morning, take your basket and scissors with you, and go out foraging. It is enough to know five very common plants, and you have a gorgeous salad or base ingredients for a wok. Superchef Sami Tallberg (samitallberg.com) can tell you more.
On 20 May, a lot of wild herb outings are organized. During the outings, you can learn to recognize what is edible and what not, and if you are lucky, your organizer will arrange a cooking session for the participants. Or you get a recipe in your hand, while heading to you Airbnb.
If you come outside this date, check with options, for instance with Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, located in the capital region, or any of the Nature Centres adjacent to National Parks.
- Nature Days 2017 (www.luonnonpaivat.fi)