Kivinokka nature trail is wonderful. Spotted with points of attractions of different sort of trees, it is always different depending on the weather, time of the day or year. The trail itself is not very widely known, I wonder why. See here more info (in Finnish only).
There has been environmental art exhibition on Kivinokka nature trail since 2003. This year it has been on July and August but there were still some parts of it left in September. Yearly exhibition hopefully attracts new people to this trail and helps to protect Kivinokka area from development pressures.
The main attraction is nature itself, can’t compete with it.
Last weekend I was kayking by the shores of Helsinki and happended to spot a kayak polo tournament by the local kayak club of Merimelojat (Seakayakers). Watching the game outside the pitch from my kayak was fun. Though I did not learn all the detailed rules of the game, I noticed that they have two referees and they give penalties. Later I learned that “A player in possession of the ball can be hand tackled by being pushed over on the shoulder or back”.
Kayak polo game seemed to be a very fast team sport where you need to know how to do eskimo rolls, throw and catch the ball and paddle well.
After Midsummer celebration part of citizens of Helsinki leave their town for summer holidays. While flocks of tourists form cruise ships are circulating around the center of town, there are plenty of room and peaceful shores to go for a nice, slow stroll. Well, there is plenty of room even when natives are around.
After a nice summer rain the shoreline is beautiful, showing enhanced colors of rocks and greenery. These pictures were taken one day in the morning after light rain shower just a couple of kilometers from the center of Helsinki.
Made a quick visit to opening of the kayaking season in Vuosaari Paddling Center, Helsinki last weekend. Lots of kayaks for testing and rescue demos for the audience.
The introduced stand up paddling was funny looking activity, I wonder where in Finland there would be suitable surfs for it. Later there were a kayaking trip organized to collect garbage and clean nearby islands, what a nice idea.