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Autumn Colours Galore

Autumn Colours Galore | Finland | Scoop.it

Autumn leaf colour, or “ruska” to locals, is a spectacular natural phenomenon that paints northern landscapes in deep and soft tones. Covered in forests and wildernesses, Finland is a prime destination for some serious leaf peeping.

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Gallery: Best weather pictures of 2012

Gallery: Best weather pictures of 2012 | Finland | Scoop.it
With four distinct seasons, Finland moves from dark to light, icy blizzards to midnight sun. Check out our photo gallery for 100 weather snapshots of 2012.
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Parks Beyond Borders: High-Tech Visitor Center Will Earn Finland’s National Parks International Exposure

Parks Beyond Borders: High-Tech Visitor Center Will Earn Finland’s National Parks International Exposure | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland has twenty-five visitor centers to interpret a system of thirty-seven national parks from island archipelagos in the Baltic Sea to windswept alpine peaks above the Arctic Circle—but the country’s parks have never had a national gateway.
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Under construction right now not far from Helsinki, on the doorstep of Nuuksio National Park, the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia will be an entry point to Finland’s entire park system—and the full spectrum of the nation’s natural treasures. It’ll also showcase Finland’s high-tech take on environmental education and environmentally sustainable design.

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Eye on the Arctic - Finland's Saimaa seal population recovers slowly

Eye on the Arctic - Finland's Saimaa seal population recovers slowly | Finland | Scoop.it
 Finland's fragile population of Saimaa ringed seals has crept up above 300, according to the state forest management agency Metsähallitus. However, this year's pups are worryingly underweight.
The species, which is only found in the lake district of Eastern Finland, is among the world's most endangered mammals. Despite its protected status, seal pups continue to die in fishing nets, making its long-term survival doubtful.
Recent cold, snowy winters have been conducive to seal reproduction, though. Metsähallitus says that the seal stock has edged up over the past three years to a current estimate of 310 individuals. Officials at the state enterprise believe there are around 85 seal cows of reproductive age. They gave birth to some 60 cubs last spring.
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Timeless Environments: Helsinki Trip and the Urban Woodlands

Timeless Environments: Helsinki Trip and the Urban Woodlands | Finland | Scoop.it
Helsinki Finland, Forest Nature Walks, fallen logs, biodiversity, moss, mushrooms, lichens.
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Outdoors.fi - Snowshoe through history at Koli National Park

Outdoors.fi - Snowshoe through history at Koli National Park | Finland | Scoop.it
Snowshoe through history at #Koli National Park http://t.co/D3DsgTa0...
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Ospreys in Action, Finland, by Peter Cairns

Ospreys in Action, Finland, by Peter Cairns | Finland | Scoop.it
Wild Wonders has become like an old comfortable shoe – you only miss it when it’s gone. And for me - at least in photographic terms - it’s just about gone.

As the final ‘dream team’ images have piled in over the summer, I embark on my final mission, to capture probably one of the continent’s most celebrated conservation successes: the osprey. Ospreys are fish hunters so it seems sensible to go where there are lots of fish. And so to Kangasala in southern Finland. Not to a remote wilderness lake but a working fish farm!

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Forest Splendor|Sunday Travel|chinadaily.com.cn

Forest Splendor|Sunday Travel|chinadaily.com.cn | Finland | Scoop.it

The Nuuksio national park in Finland attracts visitors with crystal-clear ponds, pristine forests and exuberant natural beauty.
Lured by scenic woodlands and waterways, Charles Lee finds it's easy to get lost in the natural beauty of Finland.
Scenic reflections in a tranquil Finnish lake capture the eyes in the phantom canopy and forest, a glittering image that lures even hikers already relishing the forest itself.

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No-snow winter puts Finnish 'snow-how' on ice - AsiaOne

No-snow winter puts Finnish 'snow-how' on ice - AsiaOne | Finland | Scoop.it

Helsinki's streets are festive with vibrant Christmas decorations and bright advertisements tout the season's must-have gifts as shoppers bustle through packed stores, yet something is amiss: there's no snow.

The absence of white stuff has not only left Christmas revellers gloomy, it has affected businesses ranging from ski resorts to retailers and of course, snow removal companies.

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Power cuts plague up to 180,000

Power cuts plague up to 180,000 | Finland | Scoop.it

A record number of households had to spend the night without electricity in the aftermath of Monday's powerful storm. Up to 180,000 thousand people were suffering power cuts on Tuesday afternoon, as new storm winds caused more damage.

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Polar bear cub born in Lapland zoo

Polar bear cub born in Lapland zoo | Finland | Scoop.it

Ranua Wildlife Park in Lapland has announced the birth of a new polar bear cub. The cub, born to parents Venus and Manasse on 18 November, has now survived the most critical period for newborn polar bears.

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Twitter / hellolapland: Climbing the Heaven's stairs ...

Twitter / hellolapland: Climbing the Heaven's stairs ... | Finland | Scoop.it
Climbing the Heaven's stairs at Saana fell in Kilpisjärvi #Lapland #Finland http://t.co/9IGEuOSPX6
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Eye on the Arctic - Photo Gallery: Winter Sun in Finland

Eye on the Arctic - Photo Gallery: Winter Sun in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

Is spring around the corner already?

 

The daylight hours are slowly getting longer as the sun reappears across the Arctic.

Yle News, Finland's public broadcaster, has posted some of their most striking photos from across Finland in a gallery "Brilliant Winter Sun".

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The sun sets over an island in the Helsinki archipelago on January 5, 2009. AFP PHOTO / OLIVIER MORIN

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Taking the Finnish rest cure - Boston Globe

Taking the Finnish rest cure - Boston Globe | Finland | Scoop.it
 Summer in Finland is a brief, perfect moment made of a soothing sun that shines well into the night, scudding white and purple clouds, and birches and evergreens tossing in a lilting breeze. From the moment the sun begins its ascent into the sky in May, Finns escape to their cottages, retreats handed down through generations.

During our several visits to Finland, many of them artist residencies, we often ecountered friends and acquaintances on a Friday afternoon outside the market, where, pausing to stock up on essentials, they murmured something about hurrying off to the mökki, rustic cottages outfitted with wood-burning saunas. In early spring we had sailed through the iced archipelago between Helsinki and Stockholm, admiring the red and brown wood cottages dotting the myriad islands. But even more lay just a few hours away to the north, in the wonders of the lake region in a country lousy with lakes — 187,000 to be exact.

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International greetings | Facebook

International greetings | Facebook | Finland | Scoop.it

Lovely Mother's day to you all!!! Right now Anemone nemorosa is blooming in Finland. It is a Finnish Mother's day tradition to pick these and give a beautiful bouquet to your mother.

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HelsinkiIn: Nature in the city

HelsinkiIn: Nature in the city | Finland | Scoop.it
HelsinkiIn: Nature in the city http://t.co/5mygoiSB...

 

One of the amazing things about Helsinki is that you can be surrounded by nature without even leaving the city. The southern part of Lauttasaari for example is a wonderful place for a walk through the woods along the coast. Some people even have their summer cottage (mökki) here. Especially in summer it’s beautiful there but already at this time of the year it’s worth a visit.

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Great fireball spotted over southern Finland

Great fireball spotted over southern Finland | Finland | Scoop.it

A large fireball was seen over southern Finland on Tuesday evening, reports a magazine published by the Ursa Astronomical Association. The ball, shining brighter than the moon, was visible for about ten seconds.

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Lack of snow keeping bears awake

Lack of snow keeping bears awake | Finland | Scoop.it

The mild and snowless winter in most parts of the country has disturbed the hibernation of wild bears. For example, a bear awakened from its winter slumber was seen near Lappeenranta on Boxing Day, likely on route to an alternative den.

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Wolf sighted in a national park

Wolf sighted in a national park | Finland | Scoop.it

The popular Isosuo National Park near Turku had an unusual visitor on Sunday
evening, when a wolf was sighted there. Police recommended the public to avoid wandering around the park for the next couple of days.

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WELLBEING: Shades of winter Finland from twilight to dark

WELLBEING: Shades of winter Finland from twilight to dark | Finland | Scoop.it

A native of Southern Finland who now lives in Lapland, and a Sámi who has moved to Helsinki explain what the different sort of winter darkness feels like

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