A Day Trip from Helsinki at the Nuuksio National Park Finland

A Day Trip From Helsinki to the Nuuksio National Park

Finland has a special relationship with nature and this can be easily seen if you look at it on a map. There are no big metropolises with skyscrapers, but small cities, forests that cover 75% of the surface of the country and around 190000 lakes. No, I haven’t accidentally added an extra 0 or two, there are that many lakes. With this in mind, it was only natural to take a day trip from Helsinki to the wonderful Nuuksio National Park. I spent a lot of time researching everything about the park, but I’m here to make your life easier and tell you everything you need to know about the Nuuksio National Park. But if I had to describe it in five words? Hiking, berries, lakes, sore feet.

How to get to the Nuuksio National Park from Helsinki

Although it may seem a bit complicated, it’s actually really easy to get there. From the Helsinki train station you need to take a S, U, L or E regional train to Espoo. To avoid queues, buy the tickets from a machine, but you can pay only by card. The trains are very frequent so don’t worry if you miss one, odds are the next leaves in 10 minutes. Once in Espoo, you need to take the bus 85 or 85A that stops right in front of the train station. You can buy a ticket inside and it’s best to ask the driver where you have to get off, depending on which route you want to take (more of this in a bit). Otherwise you’ll just miss your stop and need to go back. The visitors center and the main entrance is at Haukkalampi and from the bus station you need to walk about 2km to reach it. There are so many berries on the way though, it will seem like a much longer distance. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Which hiking route to take at the Nuuksio National Park

There are five circular routes and many more trails or connecting routes. We initially wanted to do the 4 km blue circular route, but after asking at the information center, we found out the 7 km yellow route is a much easier hike, so we chose that one. All the routes are well marked so it’s impossible to get lost. I loved the route we took and I think it was a good way to see the park, even though sitting on a chair in the bus on the way back to Helsinki felt like a blessing for my feet. You can check out here a brochure with all the hiking routes.

What to see & do at the Nuuksio National Park

Hiking in unspoiled forests with valleys and gorges that date from the Ice Age, you will see stunning landscapes and gorgeous lakes. You can have a picnic or even spend the night in a camp site and if you haven’t realized this yet, let me say it again: you can pick delicious wild berries, as well as different types of mushrooms (if you know which ones won’t kill you!). Supposedly there are a lot of different species of animals in the park, such as elk, deer, foxes and even the symbol of the Nuuksio National Park, the flying squirrel, but I think you need to literally get off the beaten paths to see them. During the 7 km route we took, I only saw a duck. A very hungry duck who was eager to eat my cereal bar right from my hand.

What to bring & what to wear at the Nuuksio National Park

The first thing you need to do is pick your most comfortable hiking shoes. You’ll be walking a lot and you don’t want to feel every tree root or every rock you step on. Secondly, it wouldn’t hurt to bring a rain jacket or even an umbrella, just in case it starts raining and you’re on the middle of the trail. You should consider bringing some snacks and enough water for the hike, they have a few things for sale at the entrance of the park, but you don’t have much to choose from (the caramel muffins are good though!)

The Nuuksio National Park is a great way to get in touch with nature and escape the city, even though it’s located only an hour away from Helsinki. Would you like to visit?

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Find out everything you need to know about taking a day trip from Helsinki to see the stunning Nuuksio National Park, where you can see gorgeous landscapes and eat more berries than you can count.

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  • OOOH, this is right up my alley – it’s like if a Russian forest got cleaned up and organized (and duh, I totally know the good mshooms from the bad). I would do this hike 100%. Also, if I come to Romania, you have to take me on a hike!

    (Ugh, my potential vaca list for 2016 already includes Scotland, Austria, Slovenia, Romania, and Russia’s Altay mountains… thank God I will have like 2 months of vaca time… not that I would take it all tho)

    • 2 months! I only have 22 days and it’s a real challenge to juggle with them to squeeze in as many trips as I can. I should start thinking about hiking trails in Romania! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Well, I get 4.5 weeks (incl weekends) but this year I only took 2 (and wont anymore), last year I took all, but my 2 previous years on the job I think I took either 2 or 3 max, each of those years. So I have quite a bit saved up and hoping to use… at some point…

  • Ohh WOOOOOW! This place looks AMAZING! And I also LOVE your photos ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€ I knew you’d love the park ๐Ÿ˜€

  • It looks like an amazing place! Would you recommend it? Or, do you think there are more interesting day trips from Helsinki?

    • Well there are Espoo and Porvoo which I also considered, but the park is so beautiful, it was definitely worth the day trip.

  • Elaine J Masters

    I’m such a fan of how wonderful getting out of the city and into nature can be. Even in San Diego, California, I work in a dense neighborhood but try to get out into parks and nature several times weekly.

    • I love hiking in nature, so I always try to do it when I visit a new city. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tamara Wilcox

    This is a very beautiful park; I’m guessing you really enjoyed your visit. It reminded me of the forests I used to enjoy in Western Washington as a child.

    • I really loved it indeed. The forests in Western Washington must be beautiful!

  • Sarah Ebner

    Yes, I really would as it looks beautiful and we love to walk too. Sorry about the hungry duck though!

    • The hungry duck was funny, I wasn’t expecting it to jump out of water to take the food from my hand, haha.

  • The park looks beatufil and serene, seems to be a perfect getaway.

    • It really was! Thank you for reading!

  • contented traveller

    Just stunning. Nuuksio National Park looks such a beautiful place to visit as does all of Finland.

    • After this, I’d love to explore more parts of Finland, I realized it’s beauty lies outside the city’s walls.

  • Who wouldn’t want to visit a park whose symbol is a flying squirrel? ๐Ÿ˜‰ This park is absolutely beautiful and I love that you could pick berries too. What a great day trip to get away from the crowd. Finland is high on our places to visit in Europe.

    • Sadly, I didn’t even see any non-flying squirrels ๐Ÿ™ Maybe next time, though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Yes, I would love to visit a park like this. I have never been to any place like it. I would hope to see the elk and deer!

    • I was a bit sad that I didn’t see any animals, but I saw all of them a few days later in Stockholm ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beth

    Beautiful photos! I never knew Finland was THAT nature oriented! Those berries look delicious, and the scenery isn’t bad either. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Looks like a great way to spend an afternoon!

    • It was the only thing I knew about Finland before booking the trip, haha. I miss those berries now…

  • 190000 lakes? Are you kidding me? They surely have a lot of water in Finland, no doubt. And 75% of the country’s surface is covered in forest? That must be quite beautiful. At any rate, Nuuksio National Park looks like a great place to hike. I’d like to visit it too if I ever make it to Finland. Those red mushrooms (great photo, by the way) remind me a lot about my hikes in the Carpathian Mountains years ago.

    • A lot of the lakes are really small, but hey, they still count, don’t they? I haven’t hiked in the Carpathian Mountains in ages, but I’m hoping to squeeze in a weekend trip this year.

  • A few sentences into your post and I knew: Finland is the country for me. I love nature and hikes and lakes — I even don’t mind the sore feet. Thanks for this guide! Definitely pinning it for later. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks, I’m sure you would love Finland if you go, especially if you love nature and hiking ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dawn K

    Wow, that’s definitely an unbelievable amount of lakes!! What a gorgeous place, it reminds me so much of my home province British Columbia. I almost thought it was when looking at your gorgeous photos! I guess this means I must visit Finland! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • And it means I must visit British Columbia ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Great joke about the berries making it seem longer but … what, no photos of you feeding the duck your cereal bar? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Seriously though, Vlad, I would really love to visit Finland. We’ve not been anywhere in Scandinavia. Yet. I had no idea that there are that many lakes, or that the hikes are THAT gorgeous. When we finally make it to Finland I am going to make it a point to carve out some serious hiking time. Was there any charge to visit, aside from the muffin?

    • Everyone was too fascinated by the duck to take more pictures, haha. No, there are no entry charges (should’ve said this in the post) and you can stay for as long as you want.

  • What an amazing place!!! The berries would certainly make my hike longer hahaha. Nature and berries, simply awesome!

    • I miss those berries, they are one of my favorite things about summer! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Me too!!! Strawberries at this season of the year don’t taste as good and are expensive around here ๐Ÿ™

  • Corinne Vail

    I have got to get to Finland. I want to walk in those woods!

    • I’m sure you would love Finland, Corinne ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Great photos!
    As we’re heading into winter in Europe the need to hike in such beautiful green forest gets stronger and stronger…

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  • Gustavo

    Thanks!