All posts tagged: nature

Midsummer in Finland

This weekend marked the ancient celebrations of midsummer in Finland. That means that almost everyone goes to the countryside and to their summer cabins. We also did that because I’m from this idyllic village in southeast Finland, a totally rural area, about 300 people living their. It’s the perfect place to go and have a mindfulness retreat. You wake up to the sounds of bird singing and wind blowing. You can take a long walk in the forests or amaze how the fields grow. Listen to the sounds of buzzing bumble bees that are totally excited about the massive amounts of flowers in the garden. Then make food with fire and have a sauna with Finnish vihta (bath whisk) made of birch. I love it! Advertisements

Rhododendron explosion

Prepare yourself for this colour therapy post: because something strange has happened here in Helsinki, Finland! The spring was so cold and came late and it seems like the whole nature is now rushing to start the growing and blooming season. And so has happened in Helsinki’s Rhododendron Garden where rhododendrons and azaleas are NOW blooming at the same time! That is so rare! Normally the azaleas bloom earlier and then in the first weeks of June starts rhododendrons. As a birthday present for myself we made a biking trip to this amazing park to see these beauties. We were so amazed by how colourful and vast the whole place was. It was like a magical jungle of flowers! And the fragrance of those flowers was so unique! If you want to see this go there now (Laajasuontie in Etelä-Haaga; Huopalahti station if you go by train)! I think the plants will bloom just a few days more.

Racing Extinction

Do you know what happens when you put seashells in vinegar? Have you thought about what would it be like to see all the carbon dioxide we produce every day? Do you know how to make fire explosions in North where there’s normally a permafrost? Have you heard the song of the last Kauai O’o bird? Have you tasted shark fin soup? Did you know that there’s a fast-speed extinction going on right now? And do you know that our oceans are already like vinegar? It’s always a good idea for every one of us to think about what kind of species we human beings are. Because so many of us – too many of us – do not think about the planet we live on. We care about ourselves at this moment, we do not care about our climate and other species or the future. And while your living in your sweet and comfy bubble I certainly recommend to step out of the comfort zone for once in a while. Just watch Racing Extinction. …

Blue fields of Spring

Bright colours of spring are the best remedy after long, grey and dark winter. Although I don’t normally like bright yellow in flowers, in the spring time it’s a must have. And the sea of bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta)! I liked our neighbourhood in the winter, I love it in the spring, so I cannot wait the summer here.

Maui: From lush to dust

The last place for our journey in Hawaii was the island of Maui. For us this was the place for relaxation and old school chilling at the hotel pool but also some very nice nature trips. Again I have two awesome routes/places for you to visit. Both of these trips will take you one day each. And yet again I’m totally recommending to rent a car on the island. There’s no public transportation to reach these locations. And the Shaka Guide app that I mentioned in my previous post was our tour guide for these tours also. Worked amazing! ROAD TO HANA  You’ve heard from this one! I know you have! This route will give you a perfect glimpse of Maui’s greenest rainforest areas, beaches and waterfalls. If you are a plant/forest/green junkie like I am, you will love this! It will take you the whole day so start early. The thing is that the road to Hana is a narrow road, crawling inside forests, again very serpentine-like and sometimes very slow. The road will …

Kauai: Canyons and ancient forests

Welcome to Kauai, the Garden Island of Hawaii! This island will blow your mind as it did for us. There’s everything for nature lovers. You can hike, trek or just lay on the beaches if you wish so. I’m going to share a few places for you to see and hike. THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF KAUAI The island is pretty small, and almost every single corner is easy to reach with a car. We rented a car for two day from the airport. And we also got this amazing app called Shaka Guide to give us the perfect tour in Kauai’s top locations. It was awesome and worked perfectly! You just choose a tour you want and the GPS tells the app where you’re driving at the moment. You have your own personal tour guide informing you the best spots to pull over to catch a nice view or the trails that you can take, and then shares interesting stories about the places and Hawaiian culture. Totally recommending that! We started our car tour on the …

O’ahu: Rainforest trails and city life

  O’ahu. That’s where we flew. That’s where Honolulu is. That where the action happens. O’ahu actually ended up being our favourite island of all we visited. That’s because it’s the perfect mix of city life and nature. We loved the cool restaurants of Honolulu, we did some snorkeling and beach life in Hanauma Bay and we saw the rainforest just outside the city of Honolulu at a few trails. Loved it! The different trails were the best thing for me in Hawaii. That was where we got the chance to see the amazing nature up and close. I get so excited when I enter any forest and seeing the rainforests was a lifetime dream of mine. I was mesmerized. In the following posts about Hawaii I will focus on the different nature trails in different islands. Just because I think those are the best reason to visit Hawaii and its various island.   1. MANOA FALLS TRAIL This nature trail is so easy to achieve from Honolulu. A bus goes there from the Waikiki beach …

Hello Hawaii!

I’m going to start this year of Folk Jee with an epic start! I guess this blog needs that because of the long silence. So much has changed, again. We are living in a new city but I think that subject will need its own post. So I’ll return to that a bit later. So, how to start big and bold… HAWAIIIII!!!! Yes, I did it! It was all planned silently for a half a year with my dear friend. We both needed a holiday so bad. And on January we flew almost two days from Finland to Hawaii. We visited three of the islands: Oahu, Kauai and Maui. And boy oh boy, I have planned an amazing visual trip for you guys! Because we did a lot of trails and I want to share all my special tips about those trails. There’s going to be lots of rainforest, so much green that you will get sick of it, plants and more plants, red mud, terrifying (at least for me) views and maybe you’ll catch …

Planet Earth II

This is what the world is talking about at the moment (or if not yet then definitely everyone should be talking about this): Planet Earth II. When in 2006 the first documentary came out, I remember crying when I saw the episode about rainforests. Yes, I cried. It was so beautifully made but at the same time it felt very sad. We  humans are a cruel species towards everything and that we destroy our forests has always hit somewhere deep inside my heart. BBC’s part two series of the popular Planet Earth documentary is truly amazing! I’ve now seen the first two episodes, titled “Islands” and “Mountains”. And after 31 years of watching nature documentaries once a week from national television, there’s still so much that I don’t know about different animals and how they live in this planet. And Planet Earth II reveals so much new! It’s filmed with the latest technology, aerial drones and 4K and you can definitely see that while watching the episodes. I also love the Planet Earth II Diaries …

Foraging, listening and wondering

Countryside never leaves from you if you are born in the middle of the fields and forest, river and sea. That’s why I always feel very much energized when I go back to my childhood places. The misty mornings, flowers in the garden, magical forest, powerful rapids. I’m made of those.