Check regional Covid-instructions before your hiking trip or a visit to a nature center.

Liminganlahti Nature Centre is closed 1.1.-4.2.2022. The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is closed 10.1.–1.2.2022. Koli Nature Centre Ukko is closed 1.1.–20.2.2022. Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu is closed 13.1.–31.1.2022.

In other nature centers in Finland, we require the use of a facial mask and keeping the 2 meter distance to other visitors. In addition, there may be requirements to show the Covid pass, and/or the number of visitors can be limited. More information Nature centers. The length of the restrictions depends on the region. More regional information can be found at the Finnish institute for health and welfare website.
A view of the old spruce forest, with a fallen tree in the forefront. Öjen old-growth forest. Photo: Tuija Warén.

Öjen old-growth forest is an exceptionally large area that belongs to old-growth forest conservation programme. The area is also protected by Natura 2000 network. The forest is mostly dominated by spruce and is swampy in places.

There is a marked nature trail in Öjen. Along the trail there are information signs with interesting facts about the nature, medicinal plants and folk tales of the area. Öjen is situated close to the centre of Vaasa and is therefore a good destination for day trips.

In Öjen you can find varying habitats from lush groves to barren pinewoods. The oldest trees are nearly 200 years old and many decades have passed since the last logging. Therefore the amount of decayed trees and polypores growing on them has increased greatly.

This is the web page nationalparks.fi/ojen