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Autumn in Helsinki

Golden maple


Autumn this year has been extraordinary colorful in Helsinki. The “ruska”, has been great. I gathered a few pictures of my day trips across Helsinki region.

A view  from Kaivopuisto to the sea

A view from Kaivopuisto to the sea.

Kayaking in October

Warm enough to go kayaking on the sea.

Migrating birds

Migrating birds, going south.

Lauttasaari shoreline

Lots of birders on the shoreline, looking at the other high season of the migration.

Dusk in Lauttasaari

Dusk in Lauttasaari.

Kulosaari mansion

Kulosaari mansion.

Biking in October

Great biking in autumn weather.

Autumn colors


September colors in Pirttimäki

Pirttimäki outdoor recreational area is an great outdoors area in Espoo. It has 20 kilometers of marked trails plus numerous smaller paths zigzagging the area. On September weekend there were quite many people, others hiking or cycling, others strolling with their baskets and rubber boots, hunting for mushrooms.

The main paths are quite wide and well marked.

Highway in Pirttimäki

For those planning to visit Sulalampi, this is all there is left of the hut unfortunately.

Sulalampi fire site

No wonder the Hynkänlampi fire site is quite popular.

Almost like in wilderness

It’s Kupilka and cocoa time!

Kupilka time


The trail post to potholes.

Hiidenkirnu - potholes

A pothole near Sorlampi.

Hiidenkirnu - pothole

A path on cliffy side near Bredmalmen.

Path on Bredmalmen cliff terrain

The best trails are the small ones.

Lots of trails in the area

September colors

The protected part of the Pirttimäki area.

Pirttimäki protected area

Do no pass this cafe! A nice place to relax after your hiking day. The cafe is open every day.

Pirttimäki cafe

July neighbors

A lively brimstone caught my eye one early afternoon by the lake. This quick flier took me some time to get a decent picture of it. Encouraged by this I went for a walk to see some other neighbors of the summer cottage. I did not have to go far, just 50 meters along the cottage road where I found a lot of them. Because of the sunny day the busy coexistence of the neighborhood showed at its best.

Brimstone – sitruunaperhonen in Finnish

Brimstone - sitruunaperhonen

Northern Wall Brown – metsäpapurikko

Northern Wall Brown - Metsäpapurikko

Scarce Copper – loistokultasiipi

Scarce Copper - Loistokultasiipi

Northern Blue – ketosinisiipi, a tiny, all blue from the top.

Northern Blue - Ketosinisiipi

Some insects I do not recognize, in action.


I guess these were Common Bluet dragonflies – Okatytönkorennot. One of 59 species in Finland.

Common Bluets - Okatytönkorennot

Fine color of Melancholy Thistle – huopaohdake.

Melancholy Thistle - Huopaohdake

My top 10 outdoor photos of 2012

I list here my top 10 most viewed outdoor photos of year 2012 on flickr. All are published and taken in 2012. Seven of those pictures are taken in winter, four of the pictures are taken by the seashore in Helsinki. Thanks for all viewers and readers!

1. Trees along the ski track in Pirttimäki, Espoo, February

Pirttimäki, Espoo

2. Snowshoeing in Ylläs, Lapland, March 2012

Snowshoeing in Ylläs

3. Trees at dusk near seashore in Helsinki, March 2012

Lauttasaari, Helsinki

4. Midwinter colors in Ylläs, Lapland at Christmas 2012

Lapland in December

5. Icebreak whitewater kayaking event, Helsinki, April 2012

Icebreak 2012

6. Skiing at dusk on ice on Helsinki shore, February 2012

Skiing on ice in Helsinki

7. Helsinki seashore at 10 p.m, May 2012

Helsinki at 10 pm

8. Kellostapuli fell in Ylläs, Lapland, March 2012

Kellostapuli fell in Ylläs - Lapland

9. Saimaa ringed seal on lake Saimaa, August 2012

Saimaa ringed seal / Norppa

10. Waiting for the perfect light – photographers on the seashore in Helsinki, January 2012

Waiting for the perfect light

My top blog posts of 2012

Thanks for all readers/viewers of my blogs in 2012. Here are my the 10 most viewed blog posts published in 2012. Of these posts 4 are of kayaking trips of some sort, 4 are of winter activities like skiing, skating or walks. 5 of the posts are situated in southern Finland.

These posts include my highlights of outdoor year 2012.

1. Ice skating in Helsinki, Feb. 2012

A separate route circles the ice rink

A post of ice skating on one of the open air ice rinks in Helsinki.

2. Kayaking on lake Saimaa, July 2012


A post of kayaking trip to lake Saimaa. One of the most memorable moments of the year.

3. Seita trail in Ylläs, Oct.2012

The trail in the gorge

A day walk in October on the fells of Ylläs. An after-season visit to Lapland was nice because of relatively peaceful season in Lapland. The best colors of the fall had passed but still some left. Snow arrived pretty soon after the visit.

4. Skiing in Pirttimäki, Espoo, Jan. 2012


A post of cross country skiing in one of the skiing area of southern Finland.

5. Nuuksio national park in March, March 2012

Pine trees

A post of a day walk and skiing trip to the most popular national park of southern Finland.

6. Helsinki shoreline in June, June 2012


A post of a walk along the shoreline in Helsinki in the morning after a light rainshower. Familiar route that changes every day.

7. Kayaking and fauna in Linnansaari national park, Aug. 2012

Saimaa ringed seal tracker

Encounters with lake Saimaa fauna while kayaking in July and August. Another highlight of the summer, staying by lake Saimaa for holidays, lots of kayaking around great waters of Linnansaari national park.

8. Kayaking with a dog, July 2012

“Just checking the shore’s at the back”

A post of teaching a small dog to go kayaking.

9. January visit to Åland, Jan. 2012

Käringsund fish harbour from the other side of the bay

A post of the winter long-weekend trip to Åland island in Finnish archipelago. Unusual but interesting time for a stay.

10. Late evening kayaking in Helsinki, June 2012

Summer evening

A post of June evening kayaking on the waters of Helsinki.

Träskända park in Espoo

Träskända manor park in Espoo is an interesting combination of garden area, old trees, historical buildings and nature reserve area. It is one of the most important manor park areas in Finland.

The area has very interesting history with the long-time owner of Aurora Karamzin and her garden renovations. The best time to visit may not be rainy and grey November but during autumn colors in September or in early summer.

This oak is about 500 years old
Träskända Manor

In the 1820s an outdoorbuilding “Diana Temple” designed by Carl Engel was built. With graffiti spoiling the columns, only the upper parts have remained somewhat intact.

Diana temple – beautiful ceiling
Nature reserve area on the other side of the river
It’s been a long long autumn

In 1863 Russian emperor of Alexander II visited Träskända manor and a few arrangements were made. See fine miniatures of that time made for Espoo Museum.

Restroom for the emperor

November winds in Helsinki

Kiteboarders on Kasinonranta beach in Helsinki

The first part of November has been unusually warm, still quite a while to skiing weather in southern Finland. Water sports fans can enjoy their favourite element in pretty strong November winds.

Kayakers beside Länsiulapanniemi in Lauttasaari island

At the western side of Lauttasaari lies Länsiulapanniemi area filled with small summer huts. The area has paths by the seashore and great views to the sea and nearby islands.

Old tree of Länsiulapanniemi
Cliffs of Länsiulapanniemi with old “kelo” trees – in Helsinki
Summer huts are closed for the winter
“Fun cousins” hut – cheerful colours