The charming nature of Hanko
The Hanko national urban park was established in order to protect the Spa Park and the Puistovuoret rocks, the unique environment along Bulevardi and the warehouses in the Eastern harbour for future generations, and to strive to preserve the carvings on the Pike’s Gut, as well as other important nature areas in Hanko.
The aim of a national urban park is to preserve important nature areas and cultural environments. The national urban park in Hanko is the fourth urban park in Finland. It was founded in 2008 and is the southernmost and largest park in our country.
In Hanko you can choose to experience the nature on your own or to join a guided tour. Do you prefer a walk among wild herbs or would you like to try creative nature photography? You can also go sea kayaking or on a seal safari. You will find a lot of alternatives, pick your own favourite and enjoy the nature!
Did you know that the giant’s kettles or potholes were formed when the glacier-water from the glaciers of the ice age made one or more large rocks rotate for a longer period of time. The most famous giant’s kettle is on Puistovuoret and has a diameter of about one metre. Enjoy this and many other tips for interesting walks in Hanko!
Take a walk on the beach and gather stones and mussel shells that have floated ashore. Do you recognize three of our most common mussels and how they live? Did you know that the Oystercatcher is the official bird of Hanko? Learn more about the nature and you will enjoy your time in the nature even more.
A Finnish laavu (lean-to, wooden wind shelter) is a temporary outdoors residence, often equipped with a campfire. In Hanko you can find a laavu on the northern shore in Furunäs and also on the islands called Gunnarsörarna, situated southwest of Hanko.