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"Birch wood" Top 5 Page for this destination Finland Favorite Tip by sinoda

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  koivikko, Finland
by sinoda

Favorite thing: Having spent my youth mostly in Switzerland the birch is a tree I know best from I our vacations in Finland. Well, there are birches in Switzerland, yes, but they are nothing compared to the ones up here.

People raised in central Europe will be fascinated by the vast and shiny birch woods you encounter everywhere in Finland, except in the very north.

Birch in Finnish is koivu and a whole birch wood koivikko.

In June and July when their leaves are fresh and still rather tender and the tree trunks are whiter than white you may believe having a vision! for it is such a beautiful sight and if there happens to be a lake somewhere close the glittering water will just make the it perfect.

Fondest memory: ___________________________________The picture on the other hand shows you a koivikko in winter's time - what a lovely sight as well.

Those Finns who know it do drink the juice of the birch called mahla and the industry uses it after preparation as a natural sweetener (xylitol) for the moment in chewing gum!

So next time when passing a koivikko, pause, take a halt and admire the scene.

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  • Written Jun 30, 2003
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