Upe by the lake

I am Upe Nykänen, a walker, and the author of Jalkaisin blog since 2009. I also contribute to Finland’s most popular outdoors blog Retkipaikka (in Finnish) and its sister blog Finland, naturally (in English).

Jalkaisin blog was voted the 2nd best outdoors blog in Finland in 2017 (

I love the outdoors but also like to explore city streets, stop at tea houses, cafés and enjoy tasting local specialities.

My professional background is in digital communications & marketing (www, intranet, social media) and I  managed multi-language websites for a large international Finnish B2B company for many years. At the moment I work for Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences, with main focus in an outdoors project (developing hiking/cycling/kayaking routes in Central Finland) but working also with JAMK’s website and digital development. More about me at LinkedIn.