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.
The course consists of two evenings: the first one is more about theory and equipment, and on the second one we go to Sipoonkorpi National Park to practice.
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 6.8. 17:30 – 20:30 in Maunulan maja, Metsäläntie 9 (Helsinki Central Park)
Hiking practice in Sipoonkorpi: Sunday 9.8. 13:00 – 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 events 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 some snacks. Also, take a compass if you have one.
Price & terms
NOTE: This is a pilot course for max 8 participants to test the concept. Price for this pilot course is 39 euros and it needs to be paid before the course. You need to be able to participate both events. You need to be in a a regular physical condition and be able to walk on forest paths, climb minor hills etc.
We will follow general corona guidelines in this event.
Register to this event by filling the form below or email me to virva (at) kuntovirkku.fi.
NOTE: This event is full. More courses coming later! If you are interested, please leave your contact details by filling the form below, and I will contact you.
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.