Bird Watching Towers

Bird Watching and Sights from Up Above

The bird watching towers mentioned below are near Via Karelia and easily reached by car. Usually, there's a couple of hundred metres to walk, sometimes a bit more. Other towers are available in the region, but some of them are located far from the nearest road, in the middle of a Reserve area or by a Nature Trail. These towers will be mentioned when introducing the area or trail.

Towers are located near significant nesting grounds or migrating routes. You don't need to be a bird lover to go up there. And if you see one, no need to be shy. They are usually thrilled for an interested audience. All towers are for the general public – not only for active bird watchers.

However, if birds are your thing, you might want to time your visit to April and May, and early June, when birds are migrating and ready for their courtship displays. When nesting starts, birds tend to hide and be careful until their young can fly. Autumn migration in September and October is another great season for bird watching, especially at the time when the Arctic species are flying over Finland toward south. It's more difficult to detect when the local species migrate. Suddenly, the birds are just not there anymore.

Relatively high, the towers are a great way to see the surrounding area from above in places where the topography doesn't offer natural vantage points, such as lake shores and vast mires. If you're interested in enjoying the view, summer or colourful autumn might be the best time for you. Oncoming winter, darkness and the bursting of spring all offer great moments. Many towers offer magnificent sights when the sun and the moon are setting or rising, or there's a full moon. The towers are, after all, open all day and night. When there's snow, you need to be extra careful when climbing up. The towers are not maintained in wintertime. A shovel and good boots will come handy.


Further reading: 10 Golden Rules for Using Bird Watching Towers

Bird Watching Towers on Map

List of Bird Watching Towers

Bird Watching Tower in Hurppu, Virolahti

The location is a piney tip of a cape, overlooking the sea. The tower is great for observing the migration of Arctic birds in May. The tower has one open platform. It was built in 1983.

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Virolahti Kurkela

Kurkela is the go-to place in Finland, if you’re after black stork, black kite and greater spotted eagle, all nesting on the other side of the border. The tower is a great place for observing the migration of Arctic waterfowl, and especially in autumn, that of the birds of prey.

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Bird Watching Tower in Kellovuori, Virolahti

At its best during the autumn migration, the tower is well worth visiting also in the spring. The tower is a good place for spotting birds of prey and Arctic waterfowl. Located on a hill, the tower overlooks the Gulf of Finland and Vilkkiläntura.

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Bird Watching Tower in Haapajärvi

Haapajärvi is classified internationally as a valuable bird lake, surrounded by forests and fields. The spring migration brings many waterfowl, waders, gulls, and terns. In July and August, the area…

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Bird Watching Tower in Rautalahti

The three-metre-tall, open tower with one platform is by a bay, bounded by horsetail, bushes and trees. In early May, large quantities of swans will gather to Rautalahti. If you’re…

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Bird Watching Tower in Pohjanranta

An open tower with a single platform is by a shallow bay, surrounded by lakeside meadows and fields. In springtime, the place is teeming with mallards and pochards. Driving instructions:…

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Bird Watching Towers in Konnunsuo

In Konnunsuo, on a wide open field, there are two bird watching towers, 500 metres apart. One of the main migration routes for birds migrating via South-East Finland stops at…

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Bird Watching Tower in Vilkkiläntura, Virolahti

The tower is by the sea, surrounded by a shallow gulf. It’s a great place for watching waterfowl and waders resting on their migration routes. The best season is from April to May.

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