Pääkslahti – Rysätarha

The Rysätarha Laavu is located on the Pääkslahti Nature Trail. It is about 1 km to hike from the parking spot to the Rysätarha laavu. The fireplace was serviced with firewood.


Ruuhilampi is a lake near Vihti – an hour’s drive from Helsinki.

I parked my car at a natural roundabout on Ruuhilammentie, where I found the way to Ruuhilampi. The hike to the viewpoint was just about 2 km. There was no firewood at the lookout point, so it is advisable to bring a gas stove with you if you want to make a fire. Meanwhile, the sky cleared, and I slept in the open air. I had a tarp with me, but there is no point in using it if it won’t rain anyway.

The next day I woke up around 6 a.m. and continued to photograph the awakening nature. There was some fog on the river, and I also explored the nearby “canyon”, which seemed to be a popular climbing spot where we found firewood and artificial fire pits. The place seems to be run by a Finnish association that promotes outdoor activities.

I took a different route back to the car, and on the way, I spotted a grey owl flying towards me. This was the first time I’ve seen a grey owl in the wild since living in Finland. There is also a bear cave in Ruuhilampi, but the location has not been published anywhere.

Vihti Ruuhilampi