EXPLORER'S GUIDE TO

Nuuksio National Park

Lovely lakes, green forests, valleys and gorges formed by the Ice Age – all within a bus trip from Helsinki.
Accessible by
Train, bus, car, bike
Why it's great
Close to Helsinki, easily accessible, landscapes shaped by the Ice Age, flying squirrels
Watch out for
Crowds on summer and fall weekends, mosquitoes in the summer
Type
National park
Country
Finland
Closest towns
Helsinki
Accessible by
Train, bus, car, bike
Local Basecamp
Haltia Nature Centre
Area
53 km²
Annual visitors
343,700

The vibe in

Nuuksio

-1 °C

Clouds

08:56

Sun rises

16:10

Sun sets

10

Marked trails

12

Camping sites

70

flying squirrels

Things to do

Hiking
Camping
Biking
Paddling
Climbing
Swimming
Foraging
Fishing
Horseback riding
Snowshoeing
Tour skating
Wildlife watching

Recommended hiking trails

From our journal

Before you go

Get to know park rules
Camping and having campfires are allowed only at marked sites – campfire only when no forest fire warnings. Fishing is allowed outside of restricted areas with a fishing permit.
See all rules
Check weather and warnings
Pack accordingly, be prepared, and keep in mind restrictions if there's a forest fire warning.
See current warnings
Peak times and popular places
The park gets most crowded on summer and fall weekends. Most people go to lake Haukkalampi, since many trails start from there.

Bookable trips

See all available trips

Frequently asked questions

What are the best trails in Nuuksio?

We recommend Haukankierros (3.7 km, 2-3 hours) and Korpinkierros (7.2 km, 4-5 hours). For a short and easy hike, try Punarinnankierros (1 km, 1 hour). If you're in a wheelchair or if you're exploring with a toddler, you can do Maahisenkierros, which is accessible for prams, pushchairs and wheelchairs when assisted. Starting from Haltia, it's a 2 km long and ends in a nice lookout point. Note that is not accessible by wheelchair during the snowy season.

What are the places to camp in Nuuksio?

In the national park, you can only camp at marked campsites. There are twelve free camping sites, nine of which feature a campfire site, firewood shelter with an axe, and a dry toilet. Our top picks are Holma-Saarijärvi (2 campsites on a cool little island), Isoholma, and Vääräjärvi. For a hassle-free and unique experience, check out the Tentsile Experience Camp.

How can I avoid the crowds in Nuuksio?

Nuuksio is often a bit crowded on summer and fall weekends. Most people go to lake Haukkalampi, since many trails start from there. To avoid the crowds, you have a few options.

1. Don't go to Haukkalampi. For example, you can do Korpinkierros trail, but start from Siikajärvi instead of Haukkalampi (take a bus to Siikajärvi instead of Haltia).

2. If you're feeling adventurous and can navigate with a map, there are unmarked trails in the northern and eastern parts of Nuuksio. For example, you can start your hike from Haltia and go to the area around lake Vääräjärvi.

Where can I fill my water bottle in Nuuksio?

It's best to have plenty of water before arriving, but there's a water tap at the Haukkalampi Guide Hut. You can also purchase water at Haltia Nature Centre.

Are there toilets in Nuuksio?

Yes. There are dry toilets at every campfire site, camping site, cooking shelter and lean-to shelter – and next to Haukkalampi Nature Information Hut and lake Kattila. You can also find bathrooms in Haltia Nature Centre.

I have one day in Nuuksio. What should I do?

We recommend exploring the national park and ending your trip in Haltia, where you can check out the exhibitions and have a meal or drink at the restaurant – the restaurant has some of the best views around the Helsinki region.

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