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Nuuksio National Park

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Nuuksio National Park [1] (Nuuksion kansallispuisto in Finnish, Noux nationalpark in Swedish) is in Southern Finland close to Helsinki at the outskirts of Espoo.

Understand

History

Landscape

Flora and fauna

Climate

Get in

There are two public bus services to Nuuksio, and both of them require a transfer if coming from Helsinki. Check schedules before setting off, as services are quite limited.

To get to the eastern side of the park, take the commuter train S, U, E or L from the Central Railway Station to Espoo station, then transfer to bus 85/85A. Get off at Nuuksionpää (85/85A) if going to the main visitor centre at Haukkalampi, or at Kattila (the 85A terminus) if going to the second visitor centre. From Nuuksionpää, it's a 2 km stroll to the park entrance.

To get to the southern side of the park, take the trains A, E, U, S, L or Y to Leppävaara and transfer to bus 28. Buses 28K, 28T go to Hotel Siikaranta on the western shore of Lake Siikajärvi, while bus 28A goes to Siikaniemi on the eastern side.

To get to the rarely visited western side, take a private Pohjolan Liikenne [2] bus to Tervalampi and walk several km.

Fees/Permits

Entry to the park is free.

Get around

Mossy boulders in Nuuksio National Park

The only way to get around is by hiking. A number of well-signposted trails are available, while hardcore hikers can head out into the bush and stay at one of the many campsites. The Yellow Route, from Siikaranta or Siikaniemi to Nuuksionpää, is a particularly pleasant and representative 5-km walk across the southern half of the park.

An information cabin near the main entrance (as well as the Helsinki tourist info) has simple free maps, or invest 10€ in a detailed topographic map of the area.

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Eat and Drink

No food or water is available in the park, so bring everything you need. Making an open fire is allowed at the designated fireplaces near the campgrounds, so bring some sausages and have a picnic.

  • Hotel Siikaranta, Naruportintie 68 (Siikaranta end of Yellow Route; bus 28K, 28T from Espoo stn), +358-9-867971, [3]. Lunch Mon-Sat 11 AM-1 PM, Sun noon-2 PM €18, dinner Mon-Sat 5-7 PM €14. Just outside the park at Siikaranta, the hotel's restaurant offers Finnish-style buffets for hungry hikers, but opening hours are limited.

Sleep

Lodging

Several wilderness lodges can be rented cheaply, but they're popular so advance bookings are essential. You will also need to bring your own sleeping bags.

  • Oravankolo, +358 203 44122, [4]. A modest cabin for 5 persons. Includes a sauna in a separate building. 60€/day.
  • Tikankolo, +358 203 44122, [5]. Another wilderness cabin with a sauna. Room for 6 persons. 60€/day.

There is also one full-service hotel just outside the park.

  • Hotel Siikaranta, Naruportintie 68 (Bus 28K, 28T from Espoo stn), +358-9-867971, [6]. Conference hotel mostly popular with companies arranging corporate retreats. Restaurant (buffet only, limited hours), bar, pool, sauna. €79/94 single/double, including breakfast.

Camping

Camping is permitted only in four designated campgrounds in the park. None have any no facilities, but open fires are allowed.

Stay safe

Get out

Eat & Drink

Sleep

Stay safe

Apart from vipers and the very remote chance of meeting a bear, there is little dangerous fauna in the park. If you don't have a compass and orienteering experience stay on the main trails.

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