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Nuuksio National Park: Half-Day Trip from Helsinki

1. Nuuksio National Park: Half-Day Trip from Helsinki

If you’re planning a visit to Helsinki, be sure to include a half day for a trip to Nuuksio National Park, located within the boundaries of greater Helsinki. It takes about an hour and a half by public transportation to reach the park from the city center. You’ll be met in the center of Helsinki, and travel by commuter train to Espoo center and then take a local bus to the park entrance. The park is ranked among the top 10 nature attractions in Finland and is a must-see. To get the most from your visit, it’s best to let an experienced guide and professional naturalist lead the way. Enjoy the scenic beauty of the tall coniferous or mixed forest, with trees growing around enormous primeval rocks, in an area that’s rich with mosses and ferns. You’ll come across numerous small forest lakes, and you can stop to enjoy a swim. The forest is inhabited by various animals, including such rare species as the Siberian flying squirrel, found in Europe only in Finland and Estonia. With your biologist guide you’ll trek through the tall forest, learn about the natural features of Finland, enjoy scenic views, and hopefully spot some wildlife.

Nuuksio National Park Full-Day Hike from Helsinki

2. Nuuksio National Park Full-Day Hike from Helsinki

Explore the breathtaking beauty of Nuuksio National Park on an 8-hour scenic tour and hike. Experience the Finnish wilderness at its most enchanting, and discover remote corners of the Nuuksio Lake uplands, rare fauna, tall trees, and much more. Escape the hustle and bustle of Helsinki on a full-day hike of the Nuuksio National Park, situated within the boundaries of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area and one of the 10 top nature attractions of Finland. Transfer from Helsinki to Nuuksio by public transport. On arrival, discover a hilly area that contrasts with the surrounding plains. Hike through wild, evergreen forest to picturesque lakes and ancient cliffs covered in dense moss, lichens, and ferns. Follow your naturalist guide through mixed forest of tall coniferous trees and trees growing around enormous primeval rocks. Discover numerous small lakes, and take a break for a picnic and swim in clean freshwater. The 6-7 hour hike explores various corners of Nuuksio National Park, going off the well-beaten path of the major trails to areas rarely visited by tourists. Learn about the major natural features of Finland and Nuuksio as you spot forest birds and other wildlife.

Helsinki: Nuuksio Reindeer Park Tour

3. Helsinki: Nuuksio Reindeer Park Tour

Explore the National Nuuksio Reindeer Park in Helsinki of Finland where you can see and feed lovely reindeer, and learn about reindeer natural habitat. Experience Finnish campfire by grilling buns, and tasting tradition coffee or tea. Go to the woods in Nuuksio and marvel at Finnish pure nature. Get in touch with wild reindeer and rejuvenate from the bustle of life.

Helsinki: Winter Wonderland Liesjärvi National Park Hike

4. Helsinki: Winter Wonderland Liesjärvi National Park Hike

Embrace the beauty of winter in Finland on a hiking day trip in Liesjärvi National Park. Walk through a winter wonderland on a tranquil day amongst towering pine trees and blankets of snow. Your day trip from Helsinki brings you to one of Finland’s oldest national parks. Considered a hidden gem of Southern Finland, Liesjärvi National Park is a great place to enjoy silence and peace as snow gently falls and blankets the entire forest. Arriving at Liesjärvi National Park, begin your walk through the forest on Liesjärvi's winter trails. Your guide will show you the hidden details of the forest and wildlife which inhabit Finland. You may see tracks of animals living in the subarctic forest such as the red fox, mountain hare, and moose. After around an hour of walking, you arrive at a beautiful wilderness hut that is heated by a campfire. While your guide starts the fire and prepares a traditional Finnish-style lunch and campfire coffee, there is time to take photos, throw snowballs, and enjoy the peace of the forest. After lunch, continue to explore the beauty of Liesjärvi under the towering snow-covered spruces, and return to the starting point feeling refreshed and rejuvenated from this wonderful experience in nature. On this day trip, you spend approximately 4.5 hours within the national park.

From Helsinki: Magical Taiga Hike in Liesjärvi National Park

5. From Helsinki: Magical Taiga Hike in Liesjärvi National Park

Feel the lure of the wilderness in the magnificent Liesjärvi National Park. This adventurous excursion includes the national park's most stunning locations and a delicious Finnish-style lunch cooked by a lake! Walk peacefully into the wilderness to connect with nature and experience true silence like never before. This full-day excursion is the perfect way to relax and immerse yourself in the magic of the Taiga forest.Not only will our professional wilderness guide teach you about Finnish nature and culture they will also be cooking an impressive Finnish-style meal over a fire. No matter what time of year you visit, Every season offers new and curious perspectives into the Taiga forest. Spring with its crisp blue skies and icy lakes. Summer's juicy blueberries and lush green forests. Autumns wild mushrooms and earthly hues shroud the forest. This tour also operates during winter under the name "Winter Wonderland Hike". On this day trip, we spend approximately 4.5 hours within the national park. With transportation, the total length of this nature tour is 7 hours.

Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park Guided Hike

6. Helsinki: Nuuksio National Park Guided Hike

Immerse yourself in the rugged natural Finnish landscape with a hike through the Nuuksio National Park where you can see spectacular lakes, vast forests, and more. Learn why nature is such an integral part of Finnish culture from your knowledgeable guide. Visit the rocky lake upland, which is home to many species that thrive in old-growth forests, vibrant meadows, valleys, and ponds. Together with your local guide, follow a carefully designed 8-kilometer trail with moderate difficulty and see the best that Nuuksio has to offer. Start your hike from Kattila, next to Lake Kaitlampi, one of the northernmost points of the national park. Then head to Lake Ahvenisto and follow the trail around Lake Haukkalampi and Lake Mustalampi. Next, take a short break at the Recreational Centre Hawk Nest before continuing to the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia. End your hike with a rewarding meal at the Haltia Restaurant.

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What people are saying about Helsinki

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 129 reviews

I can 100% recommend this tour and the guide. He is very experienced since he is doing the tours since 10 years. For snowy weather with ice on the ground, he knows where to walk and helps you, so you arrive safely. Also, he is a biologist and can explain a lot about the plant and the animals. It was a very nice, relaxing tour with a small group in a beautiful national park. He takes care about the nature :)

We had a wonderful day with Mikhail. It was a gorgeous sunny and snowy day. Mikhail's knowledge of the flora and fauna of the area was excellent and we learned a lot. Thank you, would definitely recommend!

Enjoyed getting out of Helsinki and exploring the forests of Finland with a kind, knowledgeable biologist and guide Mikhail.

Awesome nature, great tour guide. Summarizing: Wonderfull half-day trip

Very nice guide and a great route + no time pressure