Spending time with family, the smell of my childhood home, reading books and cooking mummy’s recipes. Nothing in the world beats that.
But getting outside, away from technology, the internet, is good for the soul.
Vuorilampi Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful areas in Kuopio. And literally in our backyard. Fresh air, walking paths covered in pure white snow, fragrant pine forest, caves, towering walls of rock where giant icicles sparkle in the sunshine. Calm, healing, an easy form of meditation.
The forest is drop-of-a-pin quiet. Unless, of course, you meet the woodpecker.
There are many easy to follow paths to choose from.
If you packed lunch, head down towards the Vuorilampi lake and use your campfire nose as your compass!
Continue your walk and climb up as high as you can get. Walk along the cliff side and enjoy the postcard-perfect forest views.
But keep going, it gets better!
Walk a little further out and you’ll come to this point. Don’t worry, you won’t miss it.
You’ll be rewarded with unbeatable views over the vast expanse of forests and Lake Kallavesi.
Maybe now you see why I call Finland my London antidote.
The Vuorilampi walking trails are wonderful during the warmer months as well – you can even pick berries and mushrooms at the end of the summer. Perhaps I’ll take some more pictures and write another post next summer.
Neulamäki, Kuopio | Map published by the city of Kuopio