It’s that time of the year again… The flowers in the Haaga Rhododendron park are blooming!
Last year when I visited this place it was near mid-summer, but this year due to the early and warm summer start the flowers are already at their peak.
If you are visiting Helsinki, I definitely recommend that you stop by at the park. You can find it at Laajasuontie 40, Helsinki. Here’s more information about the park.
People are saying that this year the blooming isn’t as lush as last year but I don’t know, looks pretty colorful in any case!
For the past couple of weeks we’ve really been pampered in Finland, the temperature has been as high as +28C in the capital area. It feels like the nature decided to skip spring and go straight for summer!
I just love the delicate shades of green in the nature this time of the year. There are so many flowers blooming, even the cherry trees took an early start. If you are in Helsinki you should definitely make your way to the Roihuvuori kirsikkapuisto for the Hanami this Saturday. There are 250 cherry trees blooming! Absolutely beautiful.
The sound of hundreds of birds singing everywhere is wonderful after the long winter. Especially blackbirds and nightingales, their songs are mesmerizing.
It’s truly a blessing to have clean and versatile nature to enjoy… Even a short walk out in the nature will put your mind at ease. Enjoy the early summer!
There’s a hidden gem in Helsinki, that you just must see! A place called Alppiruusupuisto, a park in the middle of forest, full of blooming rhododendron and azalea.
The park was established in 1975, over 3000 rhododendron were planted for research purposes.
For couple of weeks in the beginning of June, thousands of flowers bloom and there’s amazing scent everywhere.
The park is open 24/7 and it’s free. Thanks to the night-less summer nights, you can go for a stroll in the middle of the night if you feel like it.
You can reach the park in half an hour from Helsinki railway station with train or by bus.
Vallisaari is an island 20 min by boat from Helsinki market square. It recently opened to general public, after being almost abandoned for couple of decades. The island was governed by Finnish defence forces, and although it had as many as 300 inhabitants in the 1950’s, the last permanent inhabitants moved away from the island in 1996. The island together with smaller island Lonna have become the attractions of this summer in addition to the traditional Suomenlinna fortress.
The Finnish archipelago is beautiful during summer time. It’s hard to resist a ferry trip with the beautiful scenery, followed with a hike on the island. Today as the sun was shining, we decided to see this hidden treasure.
The island has interesting ruins of the old fortress. There are still areas where you are not allowed to leave the path, partly because of nature preserving reasons, partly for risk of old explosives.
Pathways are well maintained and the surrounding nature is lush.
There are plenty of butterflies (and bees) around, probably due to the various flowers that grow all over the island.
There are swans and other water birds swimming nearby the shore.
The island has a guest harbor where you can arrive by boat, but you need to leave the island by 10 pm when it closes for public. It’s not allowed to stay on the island overnight. The last public ferries leave around 8.30pm. If you wish to continue the summer night at the archipelago, you can go to the nearby Suomenlinna fortress island and catch a later ferry back to Helsinki. With the 7 eur return ticket you can visit Lonna, Vallisaari and Suomenlinna islands. Great value for money if you want to spend a summer day island hopping in the beautiful archipelago.
The Vallisaari island has one cafe that serves home made waffles and drinks, and there are also many places where you can fill your bottle with fresh drinking water at no cost.