"Last remaining pristine areas"
Trips are from 6h to several days and can be combined with canoeing.
Human influence on forests expanded with the development of agriculture about 5000 years ago. Felling of old forests increased in the 14th and 15th century, when the shipping industry, manufacturing and trade flourished. They were felled heavily until the end of the 18th century when we cut the last ancient forests of Europe. Today less than 0,1% of forests in Southern Finland are old. These small isolated islands of pristine nature are protected as strict nature reserves for future generations and for research. 200-300 year old forests are about 1,5 hour drive from Helsinki, older over 500 year old ones about 5 hours. (We can only walk on the designated path in these areas!)