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Oittaa: nature trail, beach, and great playground

One of our favourite places in Espoo to run to when the sun shines is Oittaa. Last weekend for the first time we tried walking the nature trail (luontopolku) and it was one of the best we ever explored. We found out about nature trails last winter and since then we regularly visit them. Most of them are totally suitable for R. – who recently turned four – especially if we plan the lunch break in the middle. E. usually walks part of it, then we carry him in a baby carrier. The nature trails are very well marked and most of them have info signs here and there, explaining about local plants and animals. I also bought two notepads for the kids and each time they complete a trail, they win a badge to paste in their notepad. Something like this:

oittaa

We also put notes about the day, if we saw something funny or if one was particularly good at something, like spotting the signs. It’s nice to go back and read it together sometime.

The Oittaa trail starts behind the kartano and was quite easy. R. walked through it without breaks, while E. got to half by himself. There was a lot of elevation and different terrains. After the nice walk, it was time for a picnic. We brought our lunch, but if you feel lazy there’s a cafeteria which serves lunch, as well as coffee, buns, and ice-cream. The day was sunny, but there were dark clouds coming, so we ran towards the beach as soon as we were done with the food. The kids jumped into the lake, the water is shallow for several meters and there’s even a closed area marked by buoys for small kids. Remember to bring some beach toys!

The beach has some other free-of-charge services: cabins to get changed, (cold) showers, toilets, and a beach volley field. Right beside it stands one Angry Birds themed playground, which the kids never grow tired of. After getting dry, they let the final steam out by playing up and down slides, jumping on the trampoline, and climbing on everything they could.

It was a great day. Finally, a summer day. And we didn’t spend a cent, which is always a nice perk.

Babyfoote
The Helpful Hiker

7 thoughts on “Oittaa: nature trail, beach, and great playground

  1. Some, if not most, nature trails etc. have a public, wood-fire grill or campsite tucked in somewhere, so be sure to bring your own sausages, a puukko to make the sticks for cooking them (or the sticks themselves) and matches. You may want to inquire about the logs beforehand (or bring your own). Of course puukko is rather useful there, too, for making kindling.

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  2. That looks like the perfect place for an adventure. I love the sound of the nature trails, and I might just also pinch your idea of making notes so there’s something to look back on. Thank you for sharing with us #AdventureCalling

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  3. This sounds like a lovely nature trail and area. The complimentary facilities definitely sound like they make life easier, particularly for families with young kids and the Angry Birds park would be a welcome finish for my two too. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling. We open again for new posts in the morning.

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