Aulanko Park is near Hämeenlinna, a short train-ride from Helsinki. The park does not only offer hiking paths, but also sights and culture. Visitors get to unwind and engage with nature.
Further you’ll get to know Lake Hirvijärvi, which is halfway to Hämeenlinna. A beautiful calm lake to spend some time with your travel buddies.
Take the train to Hämeenlinna and unwind in Aulanko. The town has some interesting historical sights as well as a university of applied science. The best part is Aulanko, a nature reserve though.
The park is over 100 years old and besides the natural aspects you find different sights and a great viewing point.
The area is also part of the National Urban Parks in Finland. Significant for that is the closeness to a city, which in this case is Hämeenlinna. In addition Aulanko provides “cultural and natural landscapes”, as well as “historical characteristics”, “recreational and biodiversity values”. And the community has to keep those requirements in tact to keep the title.
What to do in Aulanko
A spot worth visiting on your tour through Aulanko is the view tower. It is approximately 30 metres high. The building is from the 1930s and has interesting murals.
You find the tower easily since it’s signposted.
Get active and try some cross ski in the wintertime, rent a bike or hike through the forest.
There is also the possibility to rent a boat or swim in the summertime.
Make a stop at Hämeenlinna’s castle. Throughout the year there are many events like medieval markets or festivals.
Aulanko has also an English park, which was actually constructed to add cultural value.
How to get There
Take the train to Hämeenlinna and then take the bus (2 or 13 to Aulanko), during spring it’s also possible to rent a bike. It’s only five kilometres.
Other Trips from Helsinki: Visiting Lake Hirvijärvi
The best part about staying at locals is to do what locals do. In Finland that means walking through nature, get to know Finnish food, partying and having a barbecue, even if that means grilling in the snow.
That is one thing I always wanted to do: sitting around the fire, ignoring the cold, listening to the crackling noise of fire while the sparks pop up into the air. Everything else: silence. The snow makes sure that the nature get some rest before it has to blossom in spring.
But the silence gets interrupted by some Finns and Germans. They laugh and cheer and chop wood.
We went to Lake Hirvijärvi, near Riihimäki, which is also not far from Helsinki.
Finland has over two million saunas so it’s not hard to find wood in the supermarkets to have a proper barbecue. With all the utensils, we went to the fire pit.
While the boys, and yes, alas the men made fire, chopped the wood and made the pit ready, we took a walk through the forest to watch the sunset.
Walking through the snow-covered forest ground, along frozen spring, we climbed our way up to a small hill, we watched the sun set behind the lake. Colours changes the atmosphere and made the wooden cabin on the other side suddenly appear like the most peaceful place.
Back at the pit, I got a special spear for grilling. This one is extensible and has two spikes at the top. How handy! And I must say, that in my opinion, everything tastes better if you eat it outside. Something about the air, the get together, the back to basics; something about the short, but amazing moments in life.
Moments with nature, a sunset, nice acquaintances and simple food. It only needs a fire and some grilled veggies.
Nature Days 2017
2017 has a lot to offer in the nordic country. It’s Finland’s centenary and the country will celebrate. Throughout the year you’ll find a lot of events under the theme of “Together”. Keep up to date with the programme and check out if there’s anything in Aulanko.
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