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Taiga Times

Helsinki, Finland
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About Taiga Times
We offer exclusive camping and day trips from Helsinki in the Finnish wilderness. Our guided tours are easy to participate and they include professional wilderness guide, transportation and Finnish cuisine. With our authentic nature experiences we will create memories to last you a lifetime! All our trips are also available as private tours and we can customize them as you like.
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Berry picking and wildlife

Escape the city for a day and join us for this authentic nature experience! During this trip, you will walk through a national park and pick your own wild berries.

Finland is one of the best places in the world for foraging wild foods. Whether you are here to experience the Finnish culture of berry picking or simply taste the most natural berries nature provides, you will treasure this intimate experience in Finland's wilderness. Our tours are exclusive since our group size never exceeds 8 persons.

On this tour, we fill our baskets with Finnish superfoods such as blueberries and lingonberries. These are rich with vitamins and nutrients and sweeter than any berry you could buy from the stores!

We take you to Liesjärvi national park which is a hidden gem of Southern Finland. This national park is very quiet so we can collect berries at our own pace. A breathtaking landscape carved by glaciers and shrouded by old-growth forest provides a magical setting to spend the day foraging.
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7 hours
from $175.73

Experience a Finnish Smoke Sauna

When you want to do the most Finnish thing possible - you have to visit a sauna!
Join us and get an authentic sauna experience! Our tours are exclusive since our group size never exceeds 8 persons.

During this guided tour, we will take you to a smoke sauna, which is held in the highest esteem by most Finns. It is a mixed sauna so a bathing suit is required.

As the smoke sauna is heated to around 80-100 degrees Celsius, water is thrown on the rocks (which we have a word for here in Finland: Löyly). This sends a wave of heat throughout the sauna, which in turn helps you to relax, relieve stress, release sweat to flush toxins, help muscle stiffness, and clear your skin.

The sauna is located by the lake so after we have heated up enough there is a change for a refreshing swim!

Highlights:

• Experience an authentic Finnish smoke sauna
• Swim in a freshwater lake
• Ultimate relaxing experience
• Do the most Finnish thing possible
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2 to 3 hours
from $90.90

Full-day tour in a Finnish National Park

Explore Helsinki's best-kept secret: Liesjärvi National Park.

Join this full-day nature tour to experience an off-the-beaten-path destination. No tour busses or large crowds here!

On this tour, you will be using all five senses. The forest's aroma, the contrasts of colours, the silence and the wildlife that breaks it, the feeling of the undisturbed forest floor beneath our feet, and a taste of Finnish food cooked over an open fire.

The benefits of the forest are endless and spending time in nature can have a significant effect on our health. Feel your mind and body elevate as the forest air relieves stress, improves blood pressure, and heightens your focus.

Highlights:
• Learn about Finnish nature with a professional guide
• You will be visiting an off-the-beaten-path destination
• Test your senses and feel the benefits of nature
• Enjoy a Finnish-style dining experience in the forest
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7 hours
from $175.73

Archipelago excursion

Join us to experience a unique side of Finland's nature in one of the world's largest archipelagos! This walk takes us through a nature reserve where we enjoy lunch with a seaside view.

This trip starts from Helsinki and take you to Porkkala: a relatively unknown destination to international visitors. Our tours are exclusive since our group size never exceed 8 persons.

Finland is one of the best outdoor destinations.
A walk into the forest brings us past an ancient burial cairn dated back to the Nordic bronze age. Surrounding this burial cairn lays our trail. An enjoyable walk with several lookout points and resting areas.

Surrounded by natural wonders and incredibly diverse habitats this half-day in the archipelago will leave you wanting to rekindle your love for the outdoors.

Highlights:
• Lookout points of breathtaking archipelago scenery
• Amazing photographing opportunities
• Easy walk designed for all levels of fitness
• Prepared lunch and coffee/tea with seaside view
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4 hours
from $127.26

Beginners snowshoeing excursion

Snowshoeing is a one of a kind experience and easy for everyone to learn. Join us on a magical walk through Liesjärvi national park into your own personal winter wonderland.

During this guided tour we will snowshoe through a breathtaking landscape carved by time and shrouded by old growth forest which remains teeming with life even in the winter. Beneath a thick blanket of snow, the forest is alive and well, you will see the stories of wildlife on the surface of the snow as the fox tracks follow the hares and the willow grouse burrows his way alongside our trail.

Our snowshoe excursion is perfect for those who would like to escape the city and spend their day experiencing winter in the wilderness. You don’t need to have any previous experience since our guide will teach you all you need to know about snowshoeing. The small group size offers an intimate experience in nature and allows your guide to attend to individual questions and needs.
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7 hours
from $175.73

Mushroom hunting

During this guided tour you might find one of Finland's most delicious and prized edible mushrooms, the chanterelle. This day trip starts from Helsinki and we will take you to Liesjärvi national park. From the end of summer until late autumn, Liesjärvi National Park is a foragers paradise. Our guide will take you to the best mushroom hunting spots in the national park, hunting for mushrooms as a peaceful and unique pastime.

However, as the name suggests, it is a hunt! We cannot always find what we are looking for, and although most of the mushrooms are harmless, there are many poisonous ones too. But not to worry, for your guide will accurately advise and direct you to edible mushrooms and will always be available to explain about the ones you have found.

Highlights:

• Fresh flavourful mushrooms handpicked by you
• Learn about wild edible foods from the forest
• Look and taste foraged food
• Finnish-style lunch and coffee by the campfire
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7 hours
from $175.73

Winter wonderland hike in a national park

This day trip starts from Helsinki and takes you to one of Finland’s oldest national parks, Liesjärvi. Our trips are exclusive since they never exceed 8 persons.

Highlights:

• Experience genuine silence only found in a winter forest
• Very few visitors during the winter season
• Traditional Finnish-style lunch inside Winter Kota (traditional Finnish hut)
• Feel the calming effect of the forest in the winter

Winter allows us to witness the forest in its mystic grandeur. Snow gently falls and blankets the entire forest, embracing the trees and creating a peaceful silence throughout the woods. It would seem as though the forest is asleep during these frigid months, but with care, you are able to see tracks of the animals such as the red fox, mountain hare, and moose.

Our winter wonderland hike is perfect for those who want to escape the city. We will take you for an adventure into the forests of Finland, providing a high-quality guided experience.
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7 hours
from $175.73

Autumn day in the wilderness

Join us for this guided tour and see the forest transition! During this trip, you will walk through a national park and enjoy Finnish-style lunch over the campfire.

Experience the magic of autumn and the colours which now cover the forest; earthly hues of yellows, oranges, and reds. The forest becomes a familiar painting that you have seen but cannot remember from where. After the summer and its endless nights, twilight sets in and lights up the forest creating a magnificent playground for the photographer.

This tour starts from Helsinki and gives you an authentic nature experience in one of Finland's oldest national parks: Liesjärvi. A guide will lead you through the colorful forest and tell you about the nature and wildlife around you. Our tours are exclusive since our group size never exceeds 8 persons.

Highlights:
• Experience the forests colourful transition
• Amazing photographing opportunities
• Calm and cool autumn air
• Finnish-style lunch and coffee by the campfire
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7 hours
from $175.73

Winter archipelago excursion

Join us and experience the quiet and magical winter forest and freezing waters of the sea in the archipelago. A walk in the winter archipelago highlights why Finland is one of the best outdoor destinations year-round. This half-day excursion starts from Helsinki and takes you to Porkkala peninsula.

A walk into the forest brings us on a nature trail with countless smaller trails made by deers, foxes, moose and more! During the wintertime, our path in the snow has been created by visitors from the past and you can follow in the guide’s footsteps. Because of the location, it is a great place to see foxes, deer, and moose!

The excursion is exclusive since the group size never exceeds 8 persons.

Highlights:

• Lookout points of breathtaking archipelago scenery
• Amazing photographing opportunities
• Easy walk designed for all levels of fitness
• Campfire lunch and coffee/tea with a seaside view
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4 hours 30 minutes
from $127.26

Spring fever in the wilderness

Spring fever is here! Leave the city for a day and join us on this authentic nature excursion.

During this guided tour you will be able to breath and feel fresh spring air settling in after a long winter and see the forest awaken as new plants bloom and wildlife returns to its spring habitat.

This spring walk offers many interesting topics to experience and learn about from the migrations of birds, open-fire cooking, natural medicines and foods which are readily available from the forest such as spruce tips.

This trip starts from Helsinki and we will take you to Liesjärvi national park. It is one of Finland's oldest national park with a breathtaking landscape left carved by glaciers and shrouded by old growth forest which still thrives today.

Highlights:
• Experience some of the purest air in the world
• Forest returning to life and blossoming spring flowers
• Wildlife waking up and migrations of birds returning to Finland
• Finnish-style lunch and coffee by the campfire
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7 hours
from $175.73

Private National Park and Porvoo Old Town tour from Helsinki

Experience the best of both worlds! A relaxing hike and lunch in a Finnish national park and an afternoon stroll through the enchanting old town of Porvoo. It's your vacation so let us take care of the details.

Visiting a national park is a MUST when travelling to Finland. Lucky for you, we have a professional wilderness guide who will tell your group many fascinating facts about Finnish nature and culture. During your time in the national park, you will have time to take photos, explore the forest and lake, and enjoy the lunch.

After a refreshing taste of nature, we continue to the magical old town of Porvoo. A small and colourful village lined with cobblestone streets. We will visit the Porvoo cathedral, walk through the idyllic town square and handicraft stores, visit Porvoo's famous chocolate shop and take photos from the picture-perfect bridge overlooking the old town and river.

During this tour you will get a truly authentic experience of Finnish nature and culture!
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6 hours
from $310.77

Midnight sun in the archipelago

For many visitors, the midnight sun is both an amazing and confounding experience.

Imagine a summer night that never ends; while your family is at home sleeping, you are out hiking under the midnight sun. This wonderful display is a stark contrast that affects all walks of life in Finland and while the season is short; we are here to make the most of it.

During this guided tour we offer a unique experience that allows you to encounter one of Finland's many natural wonders. It may look like 3 in the afternoon but in fact, it's almost past your bedtime!

Because we are located so far north, we have many long days where the sun never fully sets below the horizon or only sets for a few hours.

Come and join our authentic nature experience in one of the most beautiful areas nearby Helsinki.

Highlights:
• Experience the midnight sun in a remote setting
• Evening walks offer a new perspective to the forest
• Calm and peaceful environment
• Evening snack with seaside view
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4 hours
from $130.53

Wild Camping in the Archipelago

Everyone can be comfortable camping, you only need to find your opening. Join us for this relaxed one night camping trip and recharge your inner batteries.

We would like to take you camping and give you fun, safe and comfortable camping experience. Group size is max. 6 passengers plus guide(s).

This evening trip will take place in the amazing Porkkala peninsula. A protected coastal region 50 mins. from Helsinki and the perfect camping grounds for a night outside. Known for its scenic coastline and wildlife, we will have the chance to both explore nature and learn about the basics of camping.

We believe that nature heals. Surrounded by natural wonders and incredibly diverse habitats this overnight experience in the archipelago will leave you wanting to rekindle your love for the outdoors.
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2 days
from $248.61

2-Night Camping Excursion in a National Park

Spend two nights camping in the wilderness of Central Finland. This relatively unknown national park has many wonders within. Beavers have made their presence known around every corner and atop every hill lies a humbling view.

We at Taiga Times will take care of all the food, routes, and safety planning so that you can focus on getting comfortable in the outdoors. Small groups size only.

The complete route will be approximately 20 kilometers total. Our first-day hiking is about 6 kilometers and will take us through a range of beautiful areas with many ups and downs, there is even a pond we will pass which we have seen beavers from. The second day will be 10.6 kilometers and will offer us a view of the crystal clear waters of Lake isojärvi and towering green caverns under the old-growth forest.

As with every good camping trip, there must be time to relax and enjoy nature. Every evening we will have the chance to sit by the fire and even go for a swim if the weather is right.
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3 days
from $435.07

Private all-inclusive tour to a National Park from Helsinki

Exploring an off the beaten path destination is now more important than ever! Join us on this full-day private excursion to Liesjärvi National Park and walk a path very few international visitors will ever have the chance to experience.

Our walk starts upon the parks main attraction, a winding and ancient esker trail which lays between two pristine freshwater lakes. From the other side of the esker trail, we will enter into a forest that can only be described as enchanting. The taiga forest is full of surprises, many of which we can see for ourselves during each and every season.

Our lunches in the national park will always be made from fresh Finnish ingredients and inspired by local twists and traditional recipes. Most often, we will be cooking with fresh smoked salmon but are completely adaptable to dietary restrictions and food preferences.

This will be a truly unique and high-quality experience for you and it will be our pleasure in showing you the Finnish ways of the forest!
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7 hours
from $285.90

Private All-inclusive Excursion in the Archipelago

Explore one of Helsinki's best-kept natural secrets and join us on this half-day privately guided hike in the Archipelago where the forest meets the sea.

One of our most popular hikes last year was upon the coastal trails of Helsinki's archipelago. A walk into the coastal forests brings us on a maintained nature trail with countless smaller trails made by deers, foxes, moose and more! Around our trail, we will visit an ancient burial cairn dated back to the Nordic bronze age and Soviet-era bunkers which have since been reclaimed by nature.

Our time in the archipelago will be about experiencing nature first-hand and using our senses. The aroma of the forest, the sounds of the sea, the colours of the season, our feet upon the undisturbed ground, and a delicious lunch overlooking the baltic sea.

We believe that nature heals. Surrounded by natural wonders and incredibly diverse habitats this half-day in the archipelago will leave you wanting to rekindle your love for the outdoors.
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4 hours 30 minutes
from $186.46
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Mikko M wrote a review Oct 2020
Helsinki, Finland2 contributions
We had a very nice and relaxing trip on our recreation day to Sipoonkorpi National Park and to Porvoo Old Town. A short 30min drive from the city centre of Helsinki was only it took to get us into the park. Had a short 30min walk from the car to a nice spot next to a lake. The staff started to cook us dinner (a delicious salmon soup) while our group took some time to get around the lake. Some beautiful scenery and really relaxing atmosphere there. Bring shoes that you don't mind getting wet, if it has been raining! Then we gathered around a fireplace to have dinner and dessert and after that it was time to go to Porvoo. Went for a walk around the really sympathetic and beautiful old town with a lot of small cool alleyways between colourful buildings. After what we did some shopping and went for a drinks. Really nice trip, very nice and outgoing staff who loved to tell us about the nature. I would highly recommend this for example a recreation day activity for your team or to a foreign groups/couples visiting Helsinki who would like to get a glimpse of a true Finnish nature in southern Finland.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from taigatimes, Owner at Taiga Times
Responded Oct 30, 2020
Hi Mikko! Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your recreation day and it was a pleasure to be part of it. :) Kind regards, Kiia / Taiga Times
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Henrik S wrote a review Oct 2020
18 contributions4 helpful votes
Review of: Mushroom hunting
The nature was serene. We had a very lovely day out in the forrest. Jeff was a very nice guide and his knowledge and stories made our day. If you want something very finish I can't recommend this enough.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from taigatimes, Owner at Taiga Times
Responded Oct 29, 2020
Hi Henrik, Thank you for the review! It was my pleasure to spend the day with you guys and I am really happy to hear you enjoyed your time. All the best, Jeff / Taiga Times
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B Westman wrote a review Aug 2020
Superior, Wisconsin2 contributions
I visited Finland for 3 weeks back in March and I visited Kuusijarvi with my Finnish cousin she gave me 3 choices where to go for a Sauna and I chose Kuusijarvi I even dove in the lake and I have pics to prove I did it. This was not my first Sauna experience as I am a Finnish/American and I am coming back in Dec for sure or sooner once travel is lifted... Since I am a Combat Soldier the lady gave me a discount, I thought that was nice and yes I showed her my Military ID,,,, I can't wait to get back to my native land...
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Lottimatz wrote a review Aug 2020
Munich, Germany424 contributions106 helpful votes
Lovely day in the forest. Jeff is a very experienced, caring and friendly guide. I can highly recommend to go for this half-day excursion.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from taigatimes, Owner at Taiga Times
Responded Aug 24, 2020
Thank you so much for the review It was a pleasure to spend the day with you and I hope you enjoy your ride in Lapland! All the best, Jeff / Taiga Times
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Anastasiia Z wrote a review Aug 2020
2 contributions
Review of: Mushroom hunting
Spend a great day on the forest of Liesjärvi kansallispuisto hunting for mushrooms. The guide was friendly. Learned good places for chantarelles and different type of Bolete to find.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from taigatimes, Owner at Taiga Times
Responded Aug 17, 2020
Hi Anastasia, Thank you for the review! It was a pleasure to spend the day with you guys and I am happy to hear you learned something! Kind regards, Jeff / Taiga Times
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