SIPOONKORPI NATIONAL PARK
The Sipoonkorpi National Park Overnighter, similarly to the Nuuksio National Park Overnighter, 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 combined with the Kuusijärvi smoke sauna, but it can also be taken as a longer single-day trip.
Lean-tos are an essential part of Finnish camping tradition, and when you combine a campfire with a smoke sauna and a dip in a lake, you can’t go wrong. Both days of cycling of the Sipoonkorpi National Park overnight trip are easy, allowing faster cyclists to take the entire trail in a day. On the other hand, the combination of smoke sauna and overnight stay in a lean-to – or smoke sauna and night in a hotel – is the bread and butter of this overnight trip.
The trail runs from the seashore of the Uutelanniemi Peninsula to the edge of the Helsinki region, combining the parks and hiking trails of Eastern Helsinki before the Kuusijärvi oasis and a detour to the Sipoonkorpi National Park along gravel roads. The second day of cycling is a combination of gravel roads along the Keravanjoki and Vantaanjoki Rivers and the verdure of the Central Park.
The Sipoonkorpi National Park overnight trip is the easiest and shortest trail of the South by Cycle routes, so it is an excellent taste of the world of bikepacking. In terms of accessibility, it is also excellently suited as a last-minute trip to nature. You can determine the length of the first day of cycling yourself by choosing to start in the centre of Helsinki, Vuosaari or Tikkurila.
If you think that this trail resembles the Ring G trail, no wonder: the Sipoonkorpi National Park trip is an easier and shorter version of it, with an additional taste of the verdure of the Helsinki Central Park.
Photos: Poppis Suomela, Teemu Oksanen and Taneli Roininen