Christmas Path in Uutela

We spent a lovely afternoon on the Christmas path in the Uutela outdoor area. There were a couple of options for paths in Helsinki but the choice was made by good friends already going to the one in the far east of Helsinki and us tagging along. Maybe next year we’ll try the medieval one in Herttoniemi, and this year we still have the option of trying one more Christmas path out in Seurasaari next Sunday, but I doubt we’ll make it.

Shortly after 1pm there was a lot of people heading to the cafe and the stalls in the beginning of the trail. The were selling handicrafts, sweets and warm drinks. There was even a smith making tools.

The path itself is a trail in a forest on a little peninsula, about 2kms, marked by candles and “log fires” (what on earth are these jätkänkynttilä in English?).

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On the trail various organisations and clubs had organised activities such as the tree of good will with notes of good wishes or drawings from the ones on the trail, canoeing down a rock, dog sledges, guessing games (how many almonds in a jar, figuring out what some things are by smelling or feeling them), “fishing” over a wall to “catch” a small gift etc. There was also a Christmas play for kids (15min, kids loved it but us adults were hoping for us to have been considered too with a max 5min play 😉 ), sweet buns and ginger bread handed out for kids and a temporary cafe at the far end of the trail.

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With a crowed of 6 adults, 4 kids and a baby our pace could have been faster, and we skipped a few fun looking activities in order to make it back to the main cafe before getting overly hungry and tired kids. But we all had fun, we got to spend 4hrs outdoors playing in good company (yep, that’s how long 2kms can take) and went home with kids that fell easily asleep.

I think the arrangements were pretty good. The only downsides would have been a very crowded start of the path and the shortage of parking – all of that end of Vuosaari was completely packed. I suppose that means that it was popular though, and next year one may consider using the public transport.

PS Once again the pancake at Cafe Kampela did not let us down (picture of the cafe and its atmosphere was taken at 5-6pm).



  1. […] paths”  (joulupolku/ julstig) organised annually in Helsinki: this one in Seurasaari, one in Uutela by Vuosaari quite at the end of the underground line in the East, and a smaller bilingual and more […]

  2. […] There’ll be  Christmas paths around again: Uutela (by Vuosaari) on Dec 7th, Hertonäs gård (Herttoniemi Manor) on Dec 7th, and Seurasaari Dec 14th. Sorry, the links are only in Finnish/ Swedish but here is my post about Uutela last year. […]

      1. How was the canoe afterwards? Because it sounds fun, but I’m pretty sure I’d have trouble convincing any canoe owners to let me try it out!

        1. Haha, didn’t stay to see but pretty sure it was one taken out of the real business anyway 🙂 the fun was offered by the local kayaking club.

  3. Omg! It’s such a beautiful atmosphere I can imagine myself there! I love the Cafe pic at 5pm, night falls really early there. What’s the temperature now?

    1. Yesterday -8, today +2. Read in the paper that it had been -37 up in the north but will be about 0 tomorrow! Huge difference, huh?!

      1. I love cold weather. Yes we use Celsius. -37 degC sounds unbelievable. Anyway Santa’s from Finland and it’s right to be cold 🙂

        1. … but I am happy I don’t live in the -37… 🙂 I think -32 is the most I’ve experienced, and already that was soooo cold. I remember the cold being so biting that my eyes got teary and then the tear froze on my cheek (maybe 10 years ago? I lived further up north back then). And hey, I don’t mind the minus degrees, only when it gets extreme. I quite like 4 seasons and the variation it comes with.

    2. Oh, we use Celsius degrees, do you?

  4. Looks like you had a great day! If pancakes are involved it cannot be bad 🙂 Also the kids falling asleep fast sounds good 🙂

    I have nominated you for a Liebster award! Congratulations! 🙂
    xoxo Fanni

    1. Thank you, i’m honored!

  5. This looks like so much fun! I love that you can hike/walk and have Christmas activities along the way. I can certainly say that nothing like this happens in Santa Rosa, California, I sure wish it did though. What a great way to celebrate the holidays (and wear your kids out at the same time!). 🙂

    1. It was fun allright! What kind of Christmas family events do you have in California?

      1. There are Christmas craft fairs, things you do with your church (caroling, nativity plays, etc), and most people like to take their kids driving by the houses/neighborhoods decorated with many lights and other Christmas decorations. I can’t think of anything else at this moment, but if I do I will comment again 🙂

        1. Sounds like good ways to get into the Christmas spirit!

  6. It looks like a great day! Pancakes are a greT way to finish off 🙂

    1. Pancakes are always a good way to finish off, pancakes and gelato would be even better 🙂

  7. I’d like to tell you what we call jätkänkynttilä in English.. but yeah, we don’t have a word for it! If a log is on fire, it’s surround by lots of other logs and it’s keeping us warm! 🙂

    1. The jätkänkynttilä (“Bloke’s candle”) is the one on one of the pictures where you cut a cross in a big log and set it on fire from the middle. Works like a nice torch! But thanks, at least I’m not the only one knowing the answer 😉

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