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. If there is not that much snow for snowshoes, we can hike in the forest and typically also on the frozen lakes of Nuuksio.
Walking on snowy terrain is an excellent opportunity to explore animal tracks on the snow. In the middle of our trip, we’ll have a break with a nice warm drink and snack by a campfire. Sitting by the fire after the hike in the nature can be relaxing, even meditative, experience.
Program in a nutshell
- Relaxed winter hiking in Nuuksio National Park
- Includes transportation from Helsinki, guiding and snack by the fire
- Program duration: ca 5 hours, activity 3 hours
- Guiding languages: English, Finnish, group size 1-8 persons
- Scheduled and private tours
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Scheduled trips start with transportation from Helsinki City Centre. 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. Private trips include pickup from your hotel.
Our 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 with a break takes about 3 hours, with transportation and arrangements 5 hours . On scheduled trip you should be able to walk 6 km in varying terrain. On private trip we will adjust route and distance according to your wishes. After the tour we will take you back to the Helsinki city center.
What 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 2018 are January 2nd, January 31st, March 2nd and March 31st. See pictures from a full moon trip on Jussi Hellsten’s blog. We do not have scheduled full moon trips 2018, but you can book a private trip.
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.
Due to the weather conditions and other circumstances minor changes to the program are possible.
What is included
- Guidance and guide’s services
- Rent of walking poles and snowshoes (depending snow conditions)
- Rent of waterproof rubber boots (wet/slushy conditions)
- Rent of headlamp (night trips)
- Return transportation from Helsinki
- Fresh coffee/tea, traditional Karelian pie “karjalanpiirakka”, cinnamon roll “korvapuusti” on the break. The snack contains no meat, fish or lactose. Gluten free or vegan options available on request.
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- fully booked