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Nature Saturday in October - Hiking Close By 6.10.2018

Where to go, what to do, how to do? If you are wondering about going outdoors or are in need for close by locations, come to Haltia the first Saturday in October.
Specialists in various grounds gather to give out their best hints and to encourage everyone to go to nature close by.
In lectures and workshops you learn the knowledge and skills needed to start hiking or deepen your understanding about the possibilities provided by the nature close to you.
Everyone will start their hiking close by :)
Event´s program inside and outside: hiking gear flea market, showcases of nature and hiking webpages, presentations on hiking habits and destinations, facts and skills for beginner hikers, possibilities for trying outside activities and a beginners hike. Event´s presentations will also be streamed at: www.retkipaikka.fi/live
More information on event from Haltia´s web-page: www.haltia.com/en/visit-haltia/haltia-now/
Program will be partly in Finnish and partly in English.
Organizers: The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia, Metsähallitus, Retkipaikka.fi, Länsi-Uudenmaan pelastuslaitos, Partioaitta, Fjällräven, Restaurant Haltia, Suomen latu, Raija Hentman, Pääkaupunkiseudun Kierrätyskeskus Oy, Uudenmaan virkistysalueyhdistys, Villa Elfvik, Minna Jakosuo, Suomen erätaito ry, Kari Rantanen, Finnish Red Cross, Solvalla Sports Institute, Espoo City, NiceHearts, Biking.fi.

National Park Bringing New Feeling of Optimism to Hossa

by Fran Weaver, August 2017

Lenny Daly of the local firm Hossan Lumo feels that the new Hossa National Park provides ideal settings for the trendy outdoor activity of SUP-boarding. The Daly family's dog Vicky is also on board. Photo: Maija Daly, Hossan Lumo

The opening in June 2017 of Finland's 40th national park at Hossa, to mark the centenary of the Finland's independence, has been a great boost for local entrepreneurs offering services related to nature tourism and outdoor recreation. New jobs and income are very welcome in this part of Finland's north-eastern borderlands, between the towns of Kuusamo and Suomussalmi.

The clear waters and sandy shores of Hossa National Park are particularly popular among paddlers. Visitors can rent kayaks from local firms or join guided paddling tours to discover the park's highlights. Photo: Hannu Huttu / Metsähallitus

Local firms are already providing a wider range of services for increasing numbers of visitors with different interests. The small family firm Hossan Lumo, run by locally born Maija Daly and her Irish husband Lenny Daly, rents out equipment including fat tyre mountain bikes, kayaks and SUP-boards, while also offering cosy cabin accommodation and lovely lakeside locations for tents and caravans.

Lenny Daly feels that Hossa provides ideal settings for many popular outdoor pursuits. "Hossa's clear blue lakes are great for paddling, and Finland is now also catching on to the international boom in SUP-boarding," he says. "The trails along Hossa's sandy ridges are likewise ideal for mountain biking or hiking." 

Hossa Reindeer Park gives visitors to the nearby national park a chance to get up close to reindeer. Raili Karvonen brings tasty snacks out to some of the park's residents. Photo: Sini Salmirinne

Maija Daly believes that especially for foreign visitors, Hossa's new status as a national park makes it much more attractive than its previous designation as a hiking area. 

"There's a new feeling of optimism as interest in Hossa increases, and people are getting keen to branch out and start new businesses and activities."  

Joga instructor, wilderness guide Saija Taivalmäki is one of the new entrepeuneurs working in Hossa National Park. Photo: Raili Takolander

National parks, national hiking areas and other protected areas provide the visitors with unforgettable moments, best sceneries and hiking and skiing facilities. Read more about the self-guided tours.

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