Destination information

The Laajalahti nature reserve consists mostly of open waters. The reserve also includes reed beds and coastal herb-rich groves and meadows. Laajalahti is important for its wide variety of nesting bird species and the thousands of birds that stop there as they migrate in April and May and August and September. The aim of the reserve is to protect the shallow bay but also to enable its use for nature activities. You can learn about birds and other wonders of nature on the nature trail close to Nature House Villa Elfvik.

There are two observation towers in the area, the Villa Elfvik tower and Maarinlahti tower. You can walk along trails between the towers.

Due to bird protection in the area, visitors can only walk along marked paths and in the vicinity to Villa Elfvik, which is not part of the nature reserve. When the bay is frozen, visitors can access any part of the nature reserve. You must not pick berries or mushrooms in the area. Grazing animals must not be disturbed or fed.

The rules and regulations of the Laajalahti nature reserve.

It is also important to check any up-to-date notices regarding the Laajalahti nature reserve before heading there on an outing.


Nature Sanctuary trail 700 m. The trail starts at Villa Elfvik. The trail has many themes.

The Laajalahti nature trail 2.9 km. The trail can be accessed from Villa Elfvik and Otaniemi.


The 700-metre Nature Sanctuary trail from Villa Elfvik is accessible. There is a ramp to access the Villa Elfvik observation tower. There is an accessible toilet in Villa Elfvik.

The other services and routes in the area are not accessible. Most of the nature trails in Laajalahti are paths on duckboards.

Additional information

The City of Espoo maintains the versatile Nature House Villa Elfvik close to the nature reserve.

Espoo’s waterfront walkway travels in part through the nature reserve.