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Taiga Times

Helsinki, Finland
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About Taiga Times
We offer exclusive 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. We will provide you an authentic nature experience. All our trips are also available as private tours and we can customize them as you like.
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Winter wonderland hike
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 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 $163.10
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 exceed 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 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 resfreshing 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 $84.36
Stopover in nature
Don't wait in the airport, wait by a lake! Escape Helsinki-Vantaa airport and join our stopover in nature.

It is excruciating to wait hours in the airport for a connecting flight. If you have a 5+ hour layover and would like to get a breath of fresh air, then our stopover trip is perfect for you. You will enjoy the peace of nature which helps tremendously with travel stress.

Finland is well known for its nature and is strongly involved in their lifestyle and culture. On this trip we will pick you up from the airport and take you on a short journey (25-minute drive) away to Lake Tuusula. During this guided tour you will see the beauty of Finnish landscapes finely mixed with its culture.
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3 hours
from $112.48
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 winter time 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!

Excursion is exclusive since the group size necer exceed 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 $118.11
Nature at night
Join us on a truly unique excursion into Sipoonkorpi National Park by nightfall.
Walking through the forest after dark is a wonderful experience and will surely
be an emotional ride for those who have never done it.

This evening trip starts from Helsinki and take you into a national park which is located only 30 minutes by car. Sipoonkorpi National Park is home to an array of nocturnal mammals and birds e.g. Eurasian eagle-owl.

Equipped with a professional guide and flashlights your journey will be
safe! Our walk takes place on a very wide and well-maintained trail
which is easy to navigate in the night. After a short walk through the forest we will end up at the campfire location where we can drink hot juice and barbecue sausages.

Highlights:
- Explore a national park at night in a safe environment
- Look and listen for the mysterious eagle-owl and other nocturnal animals
- Enjoy a campfire with a barbecue and hot drink
- Great opportunity to stargaze on clear nights
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3 hours
from $95.61
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Review of: Nature at night

This was my first time doing any sort of night time trips and it was SO cool. The forest was really eerie in the night with the moonlight and the wind was making all sorts of strange sounds in the dark. The walk was really...More

Date of experience: November 2019
1  Thank martystanley
taigatimes, Owner at Taiga Times, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi there, Thanks for the review! I am happy to hear you enjoyed the nature at night! Kind regards, Jeff / Taiga Times

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a beautiful day in Liesjärvi national park with Taiga Times! Jeff was so friendly and knowledgeable about the plants and animals in the area. We were informed that it is a little too early for snow in November but while we were in...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank El S
taigatimes, Owner at Taiga Times, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi El, Thank you for the review! We are very happy to hear you enjoyed the excursion and it was a pleasure to have you guys! Kind regards, Jeff & Kiia / Taiga Times

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Magnificent day with Jeff. Thank you for the relaxing day in the taiga forest! I wasn’t sure what to do with my extra time in Helsinki but I am so happy to spent this day with Taiga Times. The calmness I felt upon walking into...More

Date of experience: November 2019
1  Thank HutchisonSue
taigatimes, Owner at Taiga Times, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Sue, Thank you for the review and thank you for the great day! I am so glad to hear you enjoyed even in this cold weather!! Kind regards, Jeff / Taiga Times

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kiia & Jeff are very knowledgeable & extremely accomodating to individuals needs. We were a group of 8 senior adults & we all had the best day out. They even were happy to add a trip to Porvoo for us. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Date of experience: October 2019
2  Thank Rhonda090158
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a wonderful day we had. Kiia & Jeff went out of there way to accomodate our needs. A great way to explore Helsinki. Thanks for adding a visit to Porvoo for us. Would not hesitate to recommend your tours.

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank Rhonda090158
taigatimes, Owner at Taiga Times, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hey Rhonda, It was an absolute pleasure to spend the day with you all. Thank you for the review and thank you for the great day! Kind regards, Kiia & Jeff / Taiga Times

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This experience totally made my time in Finland! Jeff was so friendly and knowledgeable. The Finnish food over the campfire was delicious and the opportunity to forage for mushrooms was unforgettable. I left the forest with a clear head and appreciation for the Finnish forest....More

Date of experience: October 2019
2  Thank Sarah C
taigatimes, Owner at Taiga Times, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi Sarah, Thanks for the great review, I had an awesome day too. I am glad you enjoyed the foraging and lunch!! Kind regards, Jeff / Taiga Times

Reviewed October 11, 2019 via mobile

We had a great trip to the archipelago with Jeff. We ended up being the only couple going that day so he even picked us up at our hotel and brought us back. Our hike took a fair bit longer than normal since we move...More

1  Thank Steve_from_DR
taigatimes, Owner at Taiga Times, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2019

Hey Steve, Thank you for the review and thank you for the great day. I'm happy to hear you guys enjoyed the day it was a pleasure! Kind regards, Jeff / Taiga Times

Reviewed October 9, 2019

We really enjoyed the morning in the forrest an by the sea. Jeff is a great guide and was able to tell us so many things about Finland's landscape, plants and animals. The trip got even better when we had finnish style lunch, tea and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
1  Thank luisakatharina
taigatimes, Owner at Taiga Times, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2019

Hi Luisa, Thank you for the review and thank you for the great day. It was a pleasure and I am really happy to hear you enjoyed the trip! Kind regards, Jeff / Taiga Times

Reviewed September 30, 2019

From the time Jeff picked us up from our hotel I knew it would be a great day he is so friendly, knowledgeable about Finland and the area he took us was amazing. A great lunch packed in true Fininish style was included Highly recommended...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Tony C
taigatimes, Owner at Taiga Times, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2019

Hey Tony, Thanks for the review and thanks for the great day. It was a lot of fun, next time we can do the 20 kilometers like you wanted. :) Kind regards, Jeff / Taiga Times

Reviewed September 25, 2019
Review of: Mushroom hunting

I had a spare day in Helsinki and am so glad I spent it with Taiga Times! Jeff is a really fun and organised guide and ensured I had a great experience. I highly recommend the 'mushroom hunting' tour, it's almost like a hike in...More

Date of experience: September 2019
2  Thank cstprs
taigatimes, Owner at Taiga Times, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2019

Hey Edward, Thanks for the review, we really appreciate your feedback and it was a real pleasure to spend the day with you! Be careful with the mushrooms in Australia and come back in the winter for some ice swimming!! All the best, Jeff /...More

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