Lahti – where city and nature meet

Lahti is a city with extensive green areas and easy access to Finland’s lakes. The diverse nature, green environment and clean air are at heart of the city’s identity.
The swamp of Linnainen.

​Lahti is located at the junction of four dominant landscapes, resulting in a unique natural environment. The Salpausselkä ridge system, a large moraine formation left by the iceage, has numerous kettle holes and is covered by forests. The lake district has a highly varying landscape: steep ridges and cliffs, rivers and several forests.

Lahti has been protecting biodiversity since 1962. Many of the protected areas have been enlarged since and new conservation sites have been added nearly every year in previous years. Rare and endangered species can be found even in the urban areas in Lahti, e.g. the capercaillie, black woodpecker, European otter, Siberian flying squirrel.

Diverse nature on your doorstep

Natural environments in Lahti range from urban parks to swamps and tranquil countryside. The green areas are easy to reach for all residents – nature is an integral part of day-to-day life, accessible right from their doorstep. In practice, all residents have playgrounds and parks within less than 300 meters of their homes.

Characteristics particular to Lahti:

  • Green and blue areas cover over half of Lahti
  • All forests and meadows in Lahti are freely accessible for roaming or picking wild berries and mushrooms.
  • In winter, some forest paths are managed for cross-country skiing.
  • Nature conservation areas have a well-maintained infrastructure: information signs, wooden paths and bird watching towers.
  • Lake Vesijärvi and smaller lakes are actively used for swimming and fishing or skiing and ice skating during the winter.