Travels in Finland and abroad

June 2, 2020

A rolling stone gathers no moss / Una piedra que rueda no acumula musgo / Pierre qui roule n’amasse pas mousse / Uma pedra que rola não junta musgo

In English:

A rolling stone gathers no moss

Reaching those places where the main amount of my photos is taken in spring 2020, you should take train from Helsinki Central Railway Station to Leppävaara, Espoo. Trains marked with A , E, L, U and are those you should select. Travel times vary from 16 to 20 minutes.

Trains stop at Sello shopping mall at Leppävaara. In Sello, there are 170 shops, concert hall and library. Walking time to Villa Elfvik takes 32 min and distance 2.5 km / 1.55mi. In practice it takes more time, because shooting photos requires time.

I give walking instructions for those who really wants to visit Villa Elfvik from Sello from Sello shopping mall:
Continue west from Leppävaarankatu to Numersinkatu 180m / 197yd. Turn left: Huvilinnanpolku 16m / 17.5yd. Walk through the pedestrian tunnel 120 m / 131yd. Turn left: Huvilinnanmäki 53 m / 58yd. Continue: Villa Castle Square 210m / 230yd. Turn left: Säterinkatu 100m / 109yd. At the 1st roundabout, exit onto Linnoitustie 500m / 547. Turn left 300m / 328yd. Turn left at Lopotinreitti 400m / 437yd. Continue on Elfvikintie 600m / 656yd.

Nature trail trails are part of Laajalahti Nature Reserve. When we walked there, we saw many trees felled by storms. Oldest fallen tree, which we saw, was from 1860. After two map photos, two next photos are not this area. Also, last two photos are taken elsewhere in Espoo woods. Third last photo shows a polypore on the trunk of a tree. Villa Elfvik coordinates 60°12.10′N, 024°49.34′E. Enjoy or visit there someday!

En español:

Una piedra que rueda no acumula musgo

Al llegar a los lugares donde se han tomado la mayor parte de mis fotos en la primavera de 2020, tiene que tomar el tren desde la estación central de trenes de Helsinki hasta Leppävaara, Espoo.Los trenes marcados con A, E, L y U son los que debe seleccionar. Los tiempos de viaje varían de 16 a 20 minutos.

Los trenes paran en el centro comercial Sello en Leppävaara. En Sello, hay 170 tiendas, sala de conciertos y biblioteca. El tiempo de marcha hasta Villa Elfvik, toma 32 minutos y la distancia es de 2.5 km. En la práctica, lleva más tiempo, porque para tomar fotos requiere tiempo.

Daré instrucciones para caminar para aquellos, que realmente quieren visitar a Villa Elfvik desde Sello centro comercial: Continúe hacia el oeste desde Leppävaarankatu hasta Numersinkatu 180m / 197yd. Gire a la izquierda: Huvilinnanpolku 16m / 17.5yd. Camina por el túnel peatonal 120m / 131yd. Gire a la izquierda: Huvilinnanmäki 53m / 58yd. Continúe: Villa Castle Square 210m / 230yd. Gire a la izquierda: Säterinkatu 100m / 109yd. En la primera rotonda, salga en Linnoitustie 500m / 547yd. Gire a la izquierda 300m / 328yd. Gire a la izquierda en Lopotinreitti 400m / 437yd. Continúe en Elfvikintie 600m / 656yd.

Los senderos naturales forman parte de la Reserva Natural de Laajalahti. Cuando caminamos allí, vimos muchos árboles derribados por las tormentas. El árbol caído más antiguo, que vimos, era de 1860. Después de dos fotos del mapa, las dos fotos siguientes no son desde este área. Además, las dos últimas fotos se tomaron en otros lugares del bosque de Espoo. La última tercera foto muestra un polypore en el tronco de un árbol. Las coordenadas de Villa El Fvik son 60 ° 12.10′N, 024 ° 49.34′E. ¡Disfrute o visite allí algún día!

En francais:

Pierre qui roule n’amasse pas mousse

Pour atteindre les endroits où la plupart de mes photos sont prises au printemps 2020, vous devez prendre le train de la gare centrale d’Helsinki à Leppävaara, Espoo. Les trains marqués avec A, E, L et U sont ceux que vous devez sélectionner. Les temps de trajet varient de 16 à 20 minutes.

Les trains s’arrêtent au centre commercial Sello à Leppävaara. A Sello, il y a 170 magasins, salle de concert et bibliothèque. Le temps de marche jusqu’à Villa Elfvik dure 32 min et la distance est 2,5 km / 1,55 mi seulement. En pratique, cela prend plus de temps, car prendre des photos demande du temps avec des arrêts.

Je donnerai des instructions de marche pour ceux qui veulent vraiment á visiter la Villa Elfvik du centre commercial Sello:Continuez vers l’ouest de Leppävaarankatu à Numersinkatu 180m / 197yd. Tournez à gauche: Huvilinnanpolku 16m / 17.5yd. Traversez le tunnel piétonnier 120m / 131yd. Tournez à gauche: Huvilinnanmäki 53 m / 58yd. Continuez: Villa Castle Square 210m / 230yd. Tournez à gauche: Säterinkatu 100m / 109yd. Au 1er rond-point, sortez sur Linnoitustie 500m / 547yd. Tournez à gauche 300m / 328yd. Tournez à gauche à Lopotinreitti 400m / 437yd. Continuez sur Elfvikintie 600m / 656yd.

Les sentiers de nature font partie de la réserve naturelle de Laajalahti. Lorsque nous y sommes allés à pied, nous avons vu de nombreux arbres abattus par les tempêtes. Le plus vieil arbre tombé, que nous avons vu, date de 1860. Après deux photos de la carte, les deux photos suivantes ne sont pas dans cette zone. De plus, les deux dernières photos ont été prises ailleurs dans les bois d’Espoo. La dernier tiers photo montre un polypore sur le tronc d’un arbre. Les coordonnées de Villa Elfvik sont 60 ° 12.10′N, 024 ° 49.34′E. Profitez-en ou visitez là un jour!

Em português:

Uma pedra que rola não junta musgo

Chegando aos lugares onde a maioria das minhas fotos são tiradas na primavera de 2020, você deve ir de trem da Estação Ferroviária Central de Helsinque para Leppävaara, Espoo. Os trens marcados com A, E, L e U são aqueles que você deve selecionar. Os tempos de viagem variam de 16 a 20 minutos.

Os trens param no centro comercial de Sello em Leppävaara. No Sello, existem 170 lojas, sala de concertos e biblioteca. O tempo de caminhada até Villa Elfvik leva 32 min e distância é 2,5 km / 1,55mi. Na prática, leva mais tempo, porque tirar fotos requer tempo com paradas.

Eu darei instruções a pé para quem realmente deseja visitar a Villa Elfvik do centro comercial de Sello: Continuai a oeste de Leppävaarankatu para Numersinkatu 180m / 197yd. Vire à esquerda: Huvilinnanpolku 16m / 17.5yd. Caminhapelo túnel de pedestres 120m / 131yd. Virai à esquerda: Huvilinnanmäki 53m / 58yd. Continuai: Villa Castle Square 210m / 230yd. Virai à esquerda: Säterinkatu 100m / 109yd. Na 1ª rotatória, saí para Linnoitustie 500m / 547yd. Virai à esquerda 300m / 328yd. Virai à esquerda na Lopotinreitti 400m / 437yd. Continuai na rua de Elfvikintie 600m / 656yd.

As trilhas naturais fazem parte da Reserva Natural de Laajalahti. Quando caminhamos por lá, vimos muitas árvores derrubadas por tempestades. A árvore caída mais antiga, que vimos, era de 1860. Depois de duas fotos do mapa, as duas próximas fotos não são desta área. Além disso, as duas últimas fotos são tiradas em outros lugares nos bosques de Espoo. A terceira última foto mostra um Poliporo no tronco de uma árvore. As coordenadas de Villa Elfvik são 60 ° 12.10′N, 024 ° 49.34′E. Aproveitá-lo ou visitá lá um dia!

Map – how to reach Villa Elfvik Nature trails Espoo

Map – how to reach Villa Elfvik

Map – how to reach Villa Elfvik Nature trails Espoo

Map – how to reach Villa Elfvik

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Nature trails Espoo

Links / Enlaces / Liens / Ligações:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Elfvik
https://www.espoo.fi/en-US/Housing_and_environment/Environment_and_nature/Nature_House_Villa_Elfvik
https://www.visitespoo.fi/en/service/the-laajalahti-nature-reserve/
https://www.espoo.fi/en-US/Housing_and_environment/Environment_and_nature/Nature_House_Villa_Elfvik/Nature_Trails

44 Comments »

  1. Hello.!
    It’s amazing that there is such a wonderful forest near Helsinki. It is like an ancient forest. Is this forest carefully protected? Have a good day!

    Comment by wakasahs15th — June 2, 2020 @ 07:15 | Reply

    • Hello wakasahs15th.

      Yes, this area is nature reserve area! Although it was spring, it offered very much to see. The only noise was the song of birds! Thank you leaving your kind comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 2, 2020 @ 07:24 | Reply

      • Thank you for more information.
        I think your country is a wonderful country that protects nature. Have a good day!

        Comment by wakasahs15th — June 2, 2020 @ 07:35 | Reply

  2. Beautiful to walk through here with you. I can hear the birdsong! Thank you. Have a great day!

    Comment by utesmile — June 2, 2020 @ 08:33 | Reply

    • Hello Ute.

      How nice it was to read that you enjoyed the walk with us thru my photos. My wife is a good guide and therefore there was no possibility to get lost. 🙂 Thank you commenting.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 2, 2020 @ 08:36 | Reply

  3. Lovely photos of what looks to be a lovely walk. You’re lucky to have that on your doorstep (or at least a short train ride away).

    Comment by Stella — June 2, 2020 @ 08:37 | Reply

    • Hello Stella.

      Thank you loving my post and its photos. Yes, we have it very near indeed – very enjoyable.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 2, 2020 @ 08:43 | Reply

  4. É mesmo uma floresta muito bonita Matti, tenha um bom dia!!!

    Comment by almeidadepaulo — June 2, 2020 @ 13:20 | Reply

    • Oi Paulo.

      Obrigado para o seu gentil comentário. Fico feliz que tenha gostado as minhas fotos.

      Tenha um bom dia também!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 3, 2020 @ 06:33 | Reply

  5. Qué fotos tan magníficas de este paseo entre árboles centenarios y rocas. Gracias por los detalles y por compartir un paseo tan hermoso.
    Un gran abrazo, Matti.

    Comment by Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós — June 2, 2020 @ 13:29 | Reply

    • Hola Isabel.

      Me alegra que nos hayas seguido a través de mis fotos en este parque natural. Muchas gracias por tu comentario.

      Un fuerte abrazo.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 3, 2020 @ 06:37 | Reply

  6. The boardwalks leading through the tall reeds are amazing. The first picture shows what looks like a WW2 bunker. Is that right? Just wondering …

    Comment by Peter Klopp — June 2, 2020 @ 15:33 | Reply

    • Hello Peter.

      I am glad that you let your comment. Thank you. Well, I am not sure if it is WW2 bunker, because there are nearby an area, where are WW1 trenches. Great observation! There will be a post later this summer.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 3, 2020 @ 07:02 | Reply

  7. It looks good course to walk.
    I felt like walk with you.

    Comment by 洋子 — June 2, 2020 @ 18:14 | Reply

    • こんにちは 洋子.

      コメントありがとうございます。

      すばらしい日を過してください!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 3, 2020 @ 09:32 | Reply

  8. That nature trail in Espoo is calling me! Hope you are doing well and thanks for sharing those wonderful mushroom and moss photos.

    Comment by Bespoke Traveler — June 2, 2020 @ 22:48 | Reply

    • Hello Atreyee.

      It seems that you really loved my post! Thank you for your kind words and welcome to Espoo! Later this summer there will at least one post showing how to pass easily by walking to Helsinki from Espoo side. 🙂

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 3, 2020 @ 09:42 | Reply

  9. Hello Matti,
    I agree – I feel that I too can walk alongside and join you on this trip to the beautiful nature reserve. I am very happy you can access this wonderful place quite easily. Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by T Ibara Photo — June 3, 2020 @ 01:10 | Reply

    • Hello Takami.

      Thank you praising my post! It was a great pleasure to read your comment.

      すばらしい日を過してください!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 3, 2020 @ 09:48 | Reply

  10. These nature trails look beautiful. What a shame to lose trees of such an advanced age.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — June 3, 2020 @ 02:17 | Reply

    • Hello Carol.

      How nice to read that you loved my pictures! Thank you. Nature is merciless, but it treats everyone equally.

      One example is what happed on my late father’s cemetery:

      Cemetery after storm

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 3, 2020 @ 10:02 | Reply

  11. This forest looks similar to our forest on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, especially all the types of moss and other ground growth. Our trees are mostly white and black spruce, birches, and aspen. What are yours? I like your hiking path!

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — June 3, 2020 @ 21:09 | Reply

    • Hello Marilyn.

      Thank you. We have mainly birches, spruces, mountain ashes and aspens. Also, alders are found here and there. I am glad that you left your kind comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 5, 2020 @ 07:00 | Reply

  12. I smiled to see your wife in her heavy coat, hat, and gloves. Here, we are already in our summer clothes, and it is very hot. Even in your cooler weather, your nature walk was enjoyable to share. You’re right — there was a lot to see, and you are lucky to have such a place close to you!

    Comment by shoreacres — June 4, 2020 @ 03:14 | Reply

    • Ah! And I just caught the humor in your title. Your big, moss-covered stone hasn’t been rolling much, has it?

      Comment by shoreacres — June 4, 2020 @ 03:15 | Reply

      • Hello Linda again.

        I am glad that you noticed this. Yes, I used humor indeed and you noticed it – great. Most probably this stone has been rolling during the ice age. The edge of the ice has pushed it forward until it stopped. In Finland there are many places where traces of the ice age are visible. One place was nearby our home where we lived nearly 20 years. I have made a post where I present these traces. Here:

        Ice age ended here

        Have a good day!

        Comment by Sartenada — June 5, 2020 @ 07:42 | Reply

    • Hello LInda.

      About clothing. These photos were taken in April 24, 2020. It has been cold with Arctic winds coming from the north. The cold winds lasted about one month. In Finland we need different clothes for summer, autumn, winter and spring. Spring clothes must be warm and wind stopping. In this special day warmer spring clothes, because the wind was heavy. Normally, my wife uses red light spring jacket. She has two of them and they have lasted “decades”. One day my wife said, that she should buy a new one, because people might think that she has not money to by a new one! Lol.

      Nowadays we have had warm, meaning the temperature of 25°C / 77.0°F. Highest temperature ever has been 37.2°C / 98.96°F.

      Thank you leaving your praising comment!

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 5, 2020 @ 07:22 | Reply

  13. What a lovely walk and great photos. We love walking in nature too, and have been able to do more of that since our lockdown. Be well,

    Comment by viviennemackie — June 5, 2020 @ 03:27 | Reply

    • Hello Vivienne.

      How nice that you left your kind comment! Nature walks are best walks. This are was new to us and finally it was worth for a walk Thank you very much leaving your kind comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 5, 2020 @ 07:45 | Reply

  14. Glad the bottom stone has t rolled for awhile as it is lovely with the moss on it. A wonderful nature walk,and it was great that the old tree was dated,That tree withstood a lot of weather.

    Comment by Deb — June 7, 2020 @ 13:14 | Reply

    • Hello Deb.

      Those round stones are always wonders of nature telling that they wore round when the edge of ice rotated them. Thank you for your kind comment.

      Happy new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 8, 2020 @ 06:29 | Reply

  15. What a beautiful spot. Thank you for sharing it.

    Comment by mayfaringtoo — June 10, 2020 @ 07:07 | Reply

    • Hello.

      Thank you leaving your kind comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 10, 2020 @ 08:27 | Reply

    • Hello. Mayfaring.

      Thank you praising my post. I am glad that you loved it.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 11, 2020 @ 06:28 | Reply

  16. quelle belle forêt! suis contente de savoir qu’elle est protégée 🙂
    bien sûr, les tempêtes font tomber des arbres mais je pense que leur heure était venue et ils continuent d’enrichir la terre en se décomposant….
    belle journée, Matti et à bientôt

    Comment by malyloup — June 10, 2020 @ 12:24 | Reply

    • Bonjour Maly.

      Tes visites sur votre blog sont toujours un plaisir pour les yeux. Vous comprenez très bien la nature et vos paroles aimables allé directement à mon cœur. Merci beaucoup.

      Bises et bonne journée.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 11, 2020 @ 06:41 | Reply

  17. Thank you for the enjoyable walk/hike. It’s wonderful to see the forest via your beautiful photos.

    Comment by Amy — June 10, 2020 @ 14:12 | Reply

    • Hello Amy.

      I am glad that you enjoyed our walk. This was the first time when we visited this area and it was worth for a visit. Thank you leaving your praising comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 11, 2020 @ 06:32 | Reply

  18. These look like wonderful trails! I’m an avid power walker and enjoy leisure walks as well. Getting out for some exercise in nature is good for the soul. Love your photos!

    Comment by radicallyretired — June 23, 2020 @ 13:44 | Reply

    • Terry,

      During the Covid-19, it was natural that walking in nearby areas / forests was the only possibility to avoid contacts with other people. We love nature walks and make them daily when possible. They keep soul and body in good conditions. 🙂

      Thank you

      Comment by Sartenada — June 24, 2020 @ 06:41 | Reply

  19. One day I want to visit Finland! It seems an interesting place to visit.

    Comment by marcia yoshikawa z — June 27, 2020 @ 12:44 | Reply

    • Marcia, you are welcome! Think which season. Summer and winter offer different experiences. For example, in mid-summer sun never sets in the north – meaning unique experience, cruising on some of or lakes onboard of an old steam ship. In winter you can make reindeer rides, meet Santa and visit to the world’s biggest snow castle. Possibilities are huge numbers. Maybe reading my about-page, opens your eyes what Finland offers.

      Stay healthy.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 28, 2020 @ 08:29 | Reply


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