Berry picking and wildlife

“Jeff at Taiga Times couldn't have been a better guide. Not only did I get to see a part of Finland I wouldn't have had access to otherwise, I learned lots about the Taiga forest and its flora. All that plus a tasty lunch in a toasty shelter. What a wonderful way to spend the day.” – Helen

Gather your own food and have fun!

Finland is one of the best places in the world for foraging wild foods. As spring transitions into summer, the forest flourishes new vegetation and the aroma of fresh berries fills the air. Whether you are here to experience the Finnish culture of berry picking or simply taste the most natural organic fresh fruits nature can provide, you will treasure this intimate experience in Finland's wilderness.

Collect Blueberries, Lingonberries, and Strawberries

Then enjoy a Finnish style lunch by the campfire

During this guided tour we may fill our baskets with Finnish superfoods such as blueberries, lingonberries and, with some extra luck, we may even find some sweet wild strawberries. These superfoods are rich with vitamins and nutrients and sweeter than any berry you could buy from the stores!

This day trip starts from Helsinki and we will take you to Liesjärvi national park. We consider Liesjärvi a hidden gem of Southern Finland. It is only 100 km from the city and not often visited by international travellers, so we can collect the berries at our own pace. A breathtaking landscape carved by glaciers and shrouded by old growth forest provides a magical setting to spend the day foraging.


• Fresh organic berries handpicked by you
• Take home your extra berries
• Calm and pure environment
• Finnish-style lunch and coffee by the campfire

If you would like to have this trip as a private tour or booking with less than 16 hours before the start time, please contact us here.

  • a cup full of lingonberries in a finnish national park
  • bucket full of blueberries in finnish national park
  • guest taking a selfie by the lake in finnish national park
  • guest and a gude picking berries in a finnish national park
  • guests an guide walking ina national park
  • blueberries in a kuksa in a finnish national park

Journey for the day

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From Start to Finish: Your Journey for the Day

On this day trip we spend approximately 4.5 hours within the national park. With transportation the total length of this nature tour is 7 hours.

Arrival and Berry Picking
Once we arrive at the national park, we will begin our walk through the forest to some of our favorite berry picking spots. Our guide will explain which berries are edible as well as provide information about the forest and wildlife around you. You will be provided with a paper bag to collect your berries.

Lunch at the Campfire
Once we pick enough berries, we will make our way to the campfire by the lakeside. While your guide starts the fire and cooks a traditional Finnish-style lunch and coffee, there will be plenty of time to take photos, snack on the berries, socialize, and experience the tranquility of the Taiga forest. The group size never exceeds 8 guests. This ensures that everyone will receive personal instruction and the opportunity to have their questions answered by our guide.

Finish Your Journey
After lunch we will continue to explore the natural beauty of Liesjärvi while making our way back to the starting point. The day will be complete with your stomach full of berries and you will be fully charged from this wonderful nature experience.