Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki

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I always want to proclaim that ‘I’m not a city person’.  But the fact of the matter is that I am very much a city person and I get restless when I am in an area where there is little going on and not much to do.  I’d still rather sit at home with my dog, but I love my options.  When I was recently in Helsinki, one of my favorite European cities, I had the chance to book an activity day with the Nordic Bloggers’ Experience and when I saw Nuuksio National Park on the list, I jumped at it without hesitation.

There were food tours, design tours, flying drones over Helsinki (and I even had my drone on me!), but, I had to consider the thing I miss most when I am in Frankfurt and nine times out of ten, it is accessible and clean nature.  I was really excited to get that confirmation back telling me I was going to take a day trip from Helsinki to Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, Finland.

I didn’t know too much about Nuuksio National Park except that it looked pretty.  But, it was really hard to judge just how pretty it was because it was still located in close proximity to Finland’s two largest cities, Helsinki and Espoo.  We have a city forest in Frankfurt right outside of the city and it is loud, littered with trash, and it seems to me that trees are being cut down at a strange rate when I was told that this was a protected forest.  I don’t love going there.

I had hoped Nuuksio would be different.

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki red house in forest

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki lantern in forest

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki day trip with eventure

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki red house in forest with firewood

What to Do in Winter in Nuuksio National Park

I was absolutely stopped in my tracks once we arrived at Nuuksio National Park on our day trip from Helsinki.  It was snowy, brimming with stately pine trees, and probably one of the most scenic places I’ve ever seen during winter.  And, if you plan it right, it is one of the best free things to do in Helsinki (well, close to it!).

Snowshoeing

We started our day at Eventure’s basecamp Yli-Takkula and made our way out on snowshoes out to the lake.  I have to admit, I was super scared about putting snowshoes on again as I didn’t fair well with them up in Lofoten the month prior.  Funny enough, I don’t think I had them on properly in Norway and that was where my troubles stemmed from.  I had absolutely no issue with them at Nuuksio.  The landscape was not very hilly at Nuuksio though, unlike the trails we explored in Norway.

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki snowshoes in snow

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Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki frozen lake

Beautiful Lena from Travel-Monkey.com

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki in forest

Ice Fishing

Once out to the lake, we had the opportunity to try our hands at a little ice fishing.  Suffice it to say, I caught no fish and was not particularly great at it.  But, it was fun and we even got a glimpse of a local on the lake doing it.  Just remember to be dressed warmly as the temperature will take no mercy on you if you don’t!  And standing still waiting on those fish to bite will not be pleasantly warm if not prepared.

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki ice fishing

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki ice fishing

Admire the Scenery

This is probably the most obvious one, but the scenery was just spectacular.  Unfortunately, we didn’t see any bears (probably ‘fortunately’ depending on who you ask), but the extraordinary landscape was a sight for one’s eyes.  It was just so peaceful and relaxing- and to think you’re in between the two main cities in Finland and can find such natural beauty!

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Inspiring Sophie from Challenge Sophie

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki birch tree

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki ice fishing on frozen lake

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki mushroom on tree

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki red house on frozen lake in forest

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki adaras ida in forest
Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki red house in forest

One of the sweetest people I’ve ever traveled with, Ida from Adaras

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki red house in forest

Enjoy Pancakes and Coffee in a Kota (Finnish teepee)

After our time outside enjoying the nature, we all headed into the kota, or teepee, that is traditional in Finnish Lapland for some pancakes and coffee.  While I wasn’t too keen on moving to make myself a pancake, I was definitely down for a bit of coffee and watching others make them.  Huddling around the fire in the kota was the perfect way to end our day in the forest.

Nuuksio National Park: The Most Beautiful Winter Day Trip From Helsinki fire in kota

How to Get to Nuuksio National Park from Helsinki

Our trip was arranged by Visit Espoo with Eventure, a local outdoors recreation service that has been operating since 2005.  They have several summer packages available, but definitely inquire about winter opportunities with them as the day was an absolute blast and a must if you are spending time in Helsinki during the winter!

If you are unable to get a tour arranged with Eventure but still can’t get out to the park in winter due to transportation or just the fear of going there alone, this tour is highly recommended and has high reviews and it will give you a taste of the local scenery.

If you are wanting to venture out to Nuuksio National Park without a tour, you can read more about how to do so here.

Camping in Nuuksio National Park

There are more camping opportunities at Nuuksio National Park in summer, but cabins and nature accommodation options do exist there during the winter at Nuuksio Hostel and Camping.  Click to check rates and availability.  While I think camping there is a feasible option during the summer, especially because there are longer days, I definitely recommend staying in Helsinki or even closeby in Espoo during the winter months.

Where to Stay in Helsinki

I stayed at two different locations on this trip to Helsinki- the first was Helsinki B&B and the second was Scandic Park Helsinki.

Helsinki B&B:  This local accommodation option is perfect for those that want to get to know the Finnish way of life and get to meet a host during their trip to Helsinki.  I stayed with the loveliest lady named Sari during my time in Helsinki and I was so busy that I regretfully didn’t get to spend much time with her.  But, if you’re looking to chat with locals and a true, Helsinki experience- definitely check out Helsinki B&B for your Helsinki stay.  Click here to find out more.

Scandic Park Helsinki:  I have previously stayed and worked with the Scandic Park Hotels and I have always found them to be a mixture of comfort and modern all in one.  The Scandic Park Helsinki was no exception and my room was the most welcomed refuge from the blizzard that rolled in later that day.  They also have a breakfast to die for.  Click here to check rates and availability.

Why Should You Take a Day Trip to Nuuksio From Helsinki?

It is beautiful- simply put.  I was excepting a nature-filled day, but I was not expecting it to be so clean and pristine and a little refuge from the madness that can be Helsinki.  We just don’t get this type of a park down where I am living in Germany and it was a clear reminder of why I love the Nordic countries… you can be imprisoned in a city during the week but escape the city-life by traveling merely thirty minutes away.  I am really keen to get back to Nuuksio National Park in summer and see how it measures up to my experience in winter!

*I was a guest of Visit Espoo in collaboration with the Nordic Bloggers’ Experience while visiting Nuuksio National Park. I was a guest of Helsinki B&B and Scandic Park Helsinki while in Helsinki.

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Comments (3)

How beautiful, I have to admit from all Nordic countries Finland still feels very much like a white spot on the map for me… I know so much about Norway, Sweden, Denmark, even Iceland … and Finland is like: Nokia, lakes and mosquitoes.
But, I really liked that nature experience while living in Ottawa. You leave your home and you are by a river, see the white waters and you can find so much nature nearby – I believe that’s almost impossible to find anywhere near Frankfurt, it’s more of a human made landscape. – Thea

Lovely and also wonderfully lively post Megan! And great to get to know you :) <3 All the best!
– Hanna, Visit Espoo :)

Fantastic pictures! Was such a pleasure to be on this trip with you.

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