NUUKSIO NATIONAL PARK OVERNIGHTER
The Nuuksio National Park overnight trip, similarly to the Sipoonkorpi overnight trip, is a visit from the hustle and bustle of the capital to the serenity of the national park using the capital region’s metro line, park areas and hiking trails. It is ideal as a two-day overnight trip, staying in the Nuuksio National Park, but it can also be taken as a longer single-day trip.
Route 2000 has long provided a route for a gravel-winning night trip from the center of Helsinki to Nuuksio National Park and from there, following the same tracks back to the starting point. The 90 km long night tour of Nuuksio National Park starts in the center of Helsinki, but soon after that the Route 2000 line follows the Helsinki Central Park to Pitkäskoski on the Vantaanjoki River and from there to the Nuuksio Lake Uplands, dodging the most challenging trails. Deviating from route 2000, the return to the starting point takes place by continuing cycling through Nuuksio National Park to Veikkola and from there via asphalt roads through the forests of Kirkkonummi to Kirkkonummi train station. The commuter train connection from Kirkkonummi to Helsinki takes less than an hour, and no advance booking is required to transport the bike. Alternatively, you can also return to Helsinki following the coastal routes of the Länsi-Uusimaa tour, which means that the entire trip will be 146 km long.
Similarly to the Sipoonkorpi National Park overnight trip, the Nuuksio National Park overnight trip offers an easy and accessible trail option to the natural gems of the Helsinki region and the serenity of a conserved forest. The trip can be started from the centre of Helsinki or the Louhela train station, accessible by commuter train from the centre of Helsinki in just 18 minutes. Starting in Louhela, the first day of cycling is only 36 kilometres, making it possible to start the overnight trip even after a long working day. Another option for those departing in the evening is to start from the Kirkkonummi train station, in which case the first day of cycling will also be 36 km. When starting from Kirkkonummi in the evening, another option is to stay the first night in the Korsolampi camping area of the Meiko outdoor and nature conservation reserve and spend only the second night in the Nuuksio National Park.
The trail offers diversity with regard to nature as well as services: it can also be cycled without carrying a tent by using the accommodation services of the Nuuksio National Park. The trail features cafés, restaurants and shops at suitable intervals, also outside urban areas.
Read more about the trail and recommended daily legs from Helsinki to Kirkkonummi in the Trail notes.
Start from the capital in the verdant Helsinki Central Park
Crossing the Pitkäkoski rapids over a suspension bridge
Luukki Manor, Pirttimäki or Haltia cafés and restaurants
Nuuksio National Park with its conserved forests, rolling gravel roads and campsites next to forest lakes
Night in Mustalampi or Haukkalampi by magnificent forest lakes in the Nuuksio National Park
Meiko outdoor and nature conservation reserve
Photos: Taneli Roininen and Poppis Suomela