Explore Finland – go jogging!

by Jonna Valosalmi, degree student in Environmental Engineering

Finnish forest panorama in late autumn from a hillside

Jogging is a great way to get to know the surroundings; as a new inhabitant of Tampere I found getting lost on a weekly basis quite teaching. Now, after half a year, I can go to the grocery store without having to draw a map and I’m quite able to navigate myself home from anywhere around the city.

I find jogging the easiest way to exercise because you can go out anytime and anywhere. There’s no need for fancy equipment since all you need is a pair of sneakers and you’re ready to go. The best part of it is spending time in the nature at different times of the day and seeing the scenery change throughout the year. Just now the time that Sun shines on the Northern hemisphere is getting shorter day by day and the nature is starting to prepare for winter.

A path in a Finnish ridge forest in autumn timeWhether you work out passionately all year round or have found yourself curled up on the couch during the dark winter nights, it is a great time to start enjoying the season of changing colors by jogging. It’s definitely relaxing to take a break from one’s own thoughts and only concentrate on the body and the surroundings. So why spend any more time inside when you have the perfect excuse to enjoy the autumn (and avoid homework)!


The pictures were taken at a footpath in Eastern Finland in autumn 2013.