Nuuksio National Park is located in southern Finland just west of Helsinki making it easily accessible by locals and visitors to the country’s capital. The national park encompasses an area of 17.37 square miles (44.98 sq km).
Although it is less than 20 miles (30 km) away from the city, Nuuksio is the second closest national park to Helsinki with Sipoonkorpi National Park earning the title as the closest national park to the capitol.
Within the park, visitors will experience a commune with nature that is easily accessible for the common traveler. The park features forested and wetland ecosystems and paths that explore through these and alongside Haukkalampi pond and Lake Siikajarvi.
The park covers a portion of the larger Nuuksio lake highlands which is a wilderness area that is home to a number of endangered or threatened wildlife species. The Siberian flying squirrel, European nightjar, and the woodlark are some of the more common species.
The fact that Nuuksio is so close to the capital of Finland makes it easily accessible for those just passing through Helsinki, making a cruise stop, or staying for a visit. Within minutes, travelers can be experiencing the picturesque landscape found within the country.
Lakes, forests, gorges, wetlands, and rugged crags blanket the landscape providing an extraordinary setting for bird-watching.
Lake Siikajarvi is located on the southern border of the national park. It is a small lake measuring about .57 square miles (0.92 sq km), but it is one of the most picturesque. Hotel Nuuksio is situated with views of the lark. Hiking to and around the lake is one of the popular activities.
Trails of Nuuksio National Park
Hiking: There are eight trails that explore Nuuksio National Park ranging from short 0.9-mile (1.5 km) to longer 10.5 miles (17 km) treks.
Biking: The park provides access to over 18 miles (30 km) of biking trails.
Horseback: Nuuksio gives visitors who enjoy horseback riding another (22 km) of horseback trails.
Cliff Top Hike: This is a short 10-minute hike to an overlook that provides hikers with a chance to look out over the park.
Haukkalampi Lake Trail: This is a 2.6-mile (4.18 km) loop trail that provides views of the lake as well as chances to see wildlife around the shores of the lake.
Holma-Saarijarvi Trail: This is a 3.4-mile (5.47 km) trail out to views of one of the many lakes in the park. There is also a chance to see wildlife in the skies and around the water's edge. The trail is out and back and rated easy. It takes between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.
Klassarin Kierros Trail: This trail has an easy rating and is considered a nice trail for families. It meanders through the forest and along a lake with views of the landscape. It covers a distance of 2.4 miles (3.8 km) and is accessible to all skill levels.
Korpinkierros Short Loop: This 4.6-mile (7.4 km) loop trail is rated as a moderate trail. It takes hikers through the woods and along a lake offering chances to see wildlife throughout the landscape.
- Easy access
- Lake Siikajarvi
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