Nuuksio National Park

Day out in Nuuksio National Park

It is true that for the Finns the farther located a place is from the city, the better it is. But when it comes to finding both peace and good quality of life, Finland is probably one of the few remaining countries in the world where nature and high-class cities coexist. Even for those living in Helsinki which is gradually becoming a busy city with lots of tourists and ever increasing population, there is no dearth of greenery. But if we talk about the nearest possible spot for a total escape, Nuuksio National Park is, undoubtedly, their favourite choice.

As the much awaited time of the year has come when Finland, finally, come to embrace Spring, I have made sure to keep one thing in mind; a bright and sunny day should not be wasted on mall-hopping or on running petty errands and, rather, be used to get me one step closer to nature. Every single day of this short phase is precious. So to mark the beginning of this pledge to stay connected to nature, I decided to visit Nuuksio National Park in Espoo which is just about 30 kilometers from Helsinki.

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Kattila-3.7 km

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The red trail

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It’s so magical to witness the forest gradually embracing Spring

I started with Nuuksio because I have been procrastinating on this trip for about two years now and It was about time I did it. Also, I think, I have come to appreciate weekends better after finding myself spending the largest share of my weekdays in learning Finnish. These days, I spend about 7 hours of my day in attending Language school and learning. Those who know, it is one of the toughest languages in the world and I have never felt so stressed before in my life.

Thus, I, honestly, needed to refresh my mind and practice invoking my inner peace. Or would it be too much to call it, my need for getting acquainted with the great Finnish concept of Sisu??? Hey, don’t judge me already for comparing my ways of dealing with such kind of petty stress with the word Sisu!  But this has probably stemmed from hitting the premature mid-life crisis. I mean, shifting to a new country and adjusting yourself to its norms is actually not very easy. One needs to find an equilibrium, after all.

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Resting on the way to soak in the Spring sun and the beauty of the forest

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When the lake embraced Spring after the dark and long winter

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The pristine lake

Now coming back to Nuuksio National Park, what amazes me the most is its proximity from the city and how visitor friendly it is. It is a different thing that you should just put away your phone in order to connect yourself to nature but most part of the park has cellphone network in case one needs to use it in emergency. I know it sounds ridiculous, but welcome to Finland. Here, access to internet is their legal right!

Apart from that, the hiking trails are well marked and there are well maintained barbecue spots and free logs for visitors to rustle up quick meals in the forest.

Having said that, let me reassure, these provisions do not interfere with the tranquility of nature as the Finns are known for their respect for nature and they do not take nature for granted. The rules will be always followed. One can even find well-marked toilets along the walking trails. Visitors can book professional guides and tours inside the forest but it is not necessary as the information on routes and facilities are easily available at The Finnish Nature Center Haltiai located at the entrance.

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Sunshine in the forest

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And don’t miss the little visitor

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Sitting by the lake and soaking in the sight of the clouds

I picked the red trail and started at Haukkalampi and ended at Kattila. it was a short trail of about 4 kilometers and in the end, we walked for about 9 kilometers around this route. The walk was so liberating that it only makes one feel energetic rather than tiring one out.
In the late Summer and Autumn days, the forest is laden with sweet berries and mushrooms and visitor can pick up as much as they want to take home. Nature here is free for everyone but unless you know which mushroom to pick it is advised to book a professional mushroom hunter.

For the Finns, the park in itself is another world full of adventure sport and fun activities such as camping, canoeing, rock climbing, swimming, sauna, fishing and what not! If not for mushrooms, I have already bucket-listed ‘berry picking in Nuuksio’ as my first Autumn activity and definitely going back there.

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Toilet signs like this!

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Ideal spot for a picnic brunch

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A little party on the go. Photo credit: Alin Marian

Moreover, did I tell you that Nuuksio National Park is also known as Noux which is a Swedish word. But the word itself is believed to have stemmed from the Sami word njukča, meaning Swan which also happen to be the national bird of Finland. I did actually see some swans frolicking in the lake but I don’t have a picture.

I am sorry if I have gone too far with the number of photographs. It is just so captivating for one to not fall in love with it and want to share it with the rest of the world.

If you liked this post and want to see it for yourself, just pack a little picnic and loose yourself in nature. You will be amazed how easy it is to connect with that side of yours which adores peace as well as adventure. All you have to do is, respect the rules. To wrap it up, let me just say, Niin metsä vastaa kuin sinne huudetaan in Finnish(the forest answers in the same way one shouts at it). Just love it and it will love you back.

By the way. this also applies in life in general, “The world you get is the world you give away”. Don’t you think so??

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Happiness is nature and limitless walking trails

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A well managed log room for free fire woods

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By the gushing stream

Details: 

  1. Family friendly 
  2. Marked trails from easy(1.5 km) to challenging (17 km)
  3. Both walking and biking trails
  4. 2 nature trails start from Haltia, one is disable friendly
  5. Public transport available. Bus 245 from central Espoo
  6. car parking available at several points inside the part area
  7. More information at http://www.nationalparks.fi/en/nuuksionp & https://www.haltia.com/fi/
  8. Best time to visit- May to August 

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2 Comments

  • Suvi May 26, 2017 at 5:59 am

    I love your photos of Nuuksio! I haven’t been in so long. Our boat consumes all our time these days. When the kids were smaller, we went every weekend!!

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    • Jutismita May 26, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Thank you so much. This was my first time but I am sure I am going back again. It is really one great place to reach nature and find peace. Hope you are having great time with the boat trips. For me, I would also like to go on a boat trip. Must be good fun!

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