Haltia – the Finnish Nature Centre is an exhibition and event centre located right next to Nuuksio National Park, only 40 minutes from central Helsinki. The wooden building, which is eco-friendly in itself, hosts exhibitions on all of Finland’s national parks and recreation sites.

The building and its architecture were inspired by a poem in the Finnish national epic, The Kalevala, that describes the creation of the world. The centre is founded on sustainability, careful design and ultramodern ecological solutions. The aim is to have an absolutely minimal carbon footprint, and the centre takes the environment into account in all of its operations.

The building, designed by Professor Rainer Mahlamäki, is Finland’s first public building to be built entirely of wood (except for the basement). The solar panels on its roof play a significant role in generating the building’s energy. Haltia is designed to minimise the energy needed for heating, cooling and lighting. The eco-friendly design and construction paid careful attention to the shape of the building, the placement of elements, the number of windows, the orientation and daily fluctuations.

The most authentic nature experience is, however, outside, and Haltia is a good starting point for excursions into the surrounding nature, including Nuuksio National Park. Expert guides can be booked for a tour of the exhibition or of Haltia’s architecture and eco-technology, and/or a nature excursion.