Are you interested in hiking and day excursions in Finnish nature? Join my hiking course for beginners in Helsinki and Vantaa, and learn outdoor skills!
On this course you will learn the basics of outdoor skills. We also go through the outdoor etiquette – how to respect nature and follow good hiking manners on your own excursions in Finnish nature.
I will teach you how to choose a hiking destination, what to pack, how to choose and plan the route and what to eat outdoors. Part of the course is learning how to use map and compass to navigate in nature. We will also learn about everyman’s rights (jokamiehenoikeudet) and what to do in a case of emergency.
Hiking course themes & material
- tips for easy hiking destinations close to Helsinki
- a gear list for day hikes
- tips for what to eat outdoors + how to use an outdoor stove
- info about everyman’s rights and rules for hiking in Finland
- what to do in an emergency situation
- how to read map and compass, and how to get maps for your own excursions
- printed map for our hiking excursion in Sipoonkorpi
Theory evening: Thursday 24.9. 17:30 – 19:30 in Maunulan maja, Metsäläntie 9 (Helsinki Central Park)
Hiking practice in Sipoonkorpi: Sunday 27.9. 11:30 – 17:00, meeting point Café Kuusijärvi, Kuusijärventie 3, Vantaa.
Both locations are reachable by public transport.
How to prepare for the hiking course?
Note that both meetings will happen outdoors, so dress according to the weather and wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on forest paths. You’ll get more info about what to wear and pack before the event.
For a hike in Sipoonkorpi you’ll also need a water bottle and snacks. Also, take a compass if you have one.
Price & terms
The price for the course is 79 euros. The minimum number of participants is 4 and maximum 8 people.
You need to be in a a regular physical condition and be able to walk on forest paths, climb minor hills etc. Hiking is a very safe activity in general, but we recommend you have your own accident/health insurance. We will follow general corona guidelines in this event.
If you have any questions about the course or the payment, please contact me by email virva (at) kuntovirkku.fi.
About your guide
I’m Virva; outdoor enthusiast & entrepreneur. My mission is to make you spend more time in nature – in easy, enjoyable, safe and respectful manner.
I have a 15 years of experience of day trips and hiking in nature – by walking, biking, paddling and showshoeing. I have guided hikes and day excursions in Helsinki area as well as in Nothern Finland. One of my favourite hobbies is to explore nearby nature spots in Helsinki area, either by foot, bike or public transport.