Winter and Snowshoe Hikes in Nuuksio National Park

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On our winter hiking tour you can experience magical Finnish winter nature in Nuuksio National Parks close to Helsinki. The winter safari takes you to the snow covered forests and also safely to ice covered lakes.

When the snow cover in the forest is deep enough, we put on snowshoes. Using snowshoes is simple. If you can walk, you know how to snowshoe.

The trip is an excellent opportunity to explore animal tracks on snow. In the middle of our trip we’ll have a break with a nice warm drink and snack by campfire. Sitting by the fire after hike in the nature can be relaxing, even meditative, experience.

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Landscape in Nuuksio is wintry and scenic. . Small lakes in Nuuksio National Park have strong ice, so we can walk with snowshoes safely on the lakes. There is snow (current measurement  35 cm) also in the forest , so we can walk with snowshoes also there. Check weather forecast and current weather in Nuuksio.
Updated Feb 23rd 2016

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Program

We will pick you up from Helsinki City Centre, in front of Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma. From there our guide takes you with a minibus to the National Park. You can also step on the bus en route from Espoo. Read more about route and pickup points. In Nuuksio we start with a short briefing to snowshoeing and to the route.

By the campfire on moonlight walkOur route goes through the snowy terrain in the National Park. We cross lakes and swamps, walk through the forest and enjoy the magical winter forest. Our guide leads the groups in a right pace, so that everybody can enjoy. Now and then we will stop and look around and listen to the sounds of the nature. We will also have warm drink and some snack to eat during the break by campfire.

The winter hike  takes about 3 hours. After the tour we will take you back to the Helsinki city center.  We do advice to book the tour early, since there are only a limited number of places available.

Gear and safety

Please, wear warm outdoor clothing and have an extra piece of warm clothing, for example pullover, for the break. Use footwear, such as hiking shoes or winter boots, that cover your ankles from snow.  We go through all the necessary safety procedures in the beginning of the walk. Please, get acquainted to safety and general instructions for day tours.

You can also rent winter clothes for your trip directly from us. Read more about renting winter wear.

Snowshoeing on lake ice in Nuuksio National Park

Guiding languages: English, Finnish
Program duration: ca. 5 hours
Group size: 1-8 persons

Method of payment: Prepayment with a credit card or a Finnish net bank service.

Price of the program is 75 € / person. The price includes:

  • Guidance and guide’s services
  • Rent of walking poles and snowshoes (depending snow conditions)
  • Rent of headlamp (night trips)
  • Return transportation from Helsinki downtown
  • Fresh coffee/tea, traditional Carelian pie “karjalanpiirakka”, cinnamon roll “korvapuusti” on the break. The snack contains no meat, fish or lactose. Gluten free or vegan options available on request.

Due to the weather conditions and other circumstances minor changes to the program are possible.

Moonlight walk in NuuksioWhat is a Full Moon Trip – We start our hike after sunset and use headlamps. The snow reflects light from moon so that we can walk on open places, like ice covered lakes, with no extra light. If the sky is clear we see the moon and stars. Full moon dates on winter 2016 are January 24th, February 22nd and March 23th. See pictures from a full moon trip on Jussi Hellsten’s blog.


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