Finland is getting prepared to celebrate nature in four special days

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Finland celebrates the Finnish nature on  four ‘Nature Days’ as a part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence.

On 4 February Finns will discover winter wonderlands. On 20 May Finns will go wild about spring. On 17 June everyone is inspired to enjoy the summer night and sleep outdoors. On 26 August everyone will celebrate Finnish nature and fly the Finnish flag to honour the country’s natural environment.

World’s largest skiing school and sleeping outdoors

On each Nature Day, dozens of events will be organised throughout Finland. These include the world’s largest skiing school, enjoying wild herb delicacies in a lean-to shelter, spending a summer night sleeping outdoors, learning to identify wild flowers, and listening to choir concerts in all national parks. On the Nature Day on 17 June, the country’s 40th national park, Hossa, will be inaugurated.

Nature Days campaign also encourage everyone in Finland to organise a nature celebration of their own. A nature celebration may arise from a joint activity, an emotional experience, an exciting adventure, or new experiences in a natural setting.

“Anyone can organise an event, outing and happy encounters in a natural setting. For instance, you may invite your family or friends to enjoy a meal by a campfire, take your child’s day-care group on an outing in the nearby woods, accompany an elderly person on a walk, or arrange a family reunion in a natural setting,” says Project Manager Joel Heino.

Want to join the festivities in Finland? Check out this interactive map:

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