Karkali Strict Nature Reserve
Photo: Katariina Hopponen
The common hazel forms a canopy over the trail. Photo: Jari Kostet
Oak leaves on a moss covered rock. Photo: Laura Eskola
Southern Finland, Uusimaa Region
Municipality of Lohja (www.visitlohja.fi)
Area: 1 sq.km. Established in 1964.
The area is managed by Metsähallitus.
Karkali Strict Nature Reserve is one of the finest herb-rich forest areas in Finland. Its landscape has its very own character, as well in the spring as in the summer and in the autumn. The glory of anemones in the spring, and the riot of colour on the autumn leaves are beyond compare.
The area of the nature reserve is protected primarily to completely conserve the natural features, and for scientific research but, unlike strict nature reserves in general, it is also open for visitors. However, when visiting the nature reserve and its sights, you are allowed to walk only on the marked trails, because of the vulnerable natural features of the area which would otherwise be damaged.
This is the web page www.nationalparks.fi/karkali