➡️ 8 km
? 2-3 h
? Campfire sites and cooking shelter
The route is marked with yellow markings on the trees, and the trail has signposts.
Korpinkierros, The “Raven’s Tour”, is a circular wilderness trail in the Nuuksio National Park. The trail is the most popular circular trail in Nuuksio. If you have only two hours time for Nuuksio, this route is what we highly recommend. An eight-kilometer loop starts at the Haukanpesä information center, at Haukkalampi witch is easy to find and only 30 kilometres from the centre of Helsinki.
The start of the trail passes through moss-covered terrain under spruce trees. As you approach Lake Mustalampi where you can see the turf floats on the pond, among other things. There is also the campfire site on the hill.
After Lake Mustalampi, the trail rises on the Rajakallio hill and continues to vary, travelling through the forest. Next campfire sites at Lake Holma-Saarijärvi, one on an island, and another on the other right next to the shore on the other side of the lake.
It takes a bit over two hours to walk the trail withtime to have occasional stops for the scenery. The untouched nature of the national park is the best part of the experience.A peaceful environment is good for hiking, not too difficult but slightly challenging. It’s also possible to walk only half the route if entering and exiting Nuuksio with different buses.
The trail is ideal for those looking for slightly challenging route with best views. There are a few short challenging sections on the trail: relatively steep hills and varying surface. Most of the trail goes over gently rising rocks and duckboards, which both can be slippery to walk when wet. There are some wet spots on the trail but most of times it is possible to use normal light footwear on the trail.
How to get there?
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It is located only 30 km from the center of Helsinki. First take train line U from Helsinki Center Railway Station and go to the Espoo Center, Espoon keskus railway station. The train take about 32 minutes. From Espoon keskus take the bus number 245A, it will take you to the Nuuksio.
1) It’s never more than a 10-minute walk to the nature
In Helsinki, you are literally in the middle of nature. Helsinki is the only capital in the world where you can wake up in a good state, go to the Opera and go to the forest to pick mushrooms during the same day. No matter where you are, a piece of nature is always just a short walk away. Even in the very heart of the city centre. There are three arboretums, historic mansion parks, dozens of other parks and wild nature areas.
2) Central Park is the green livingroom of Helsinki
Central park is the green city centre of Helsinki. It is the most popular park of the entire country. Central park is visited annually by nearly as many people as in all Finnish national parks in total, almost 2.5 million. Just lift the packpack at the yard of the Helsinki Opera House and walk through the park to the wilderness. As far as you want. The green space continues all the way to Lapland.
3) It’s the capital of the land of 40 national parks
Helsinki is the capital of Finland, the land of national parks. There are 40 national parks, and they are visited more than 2.8 million times a year. The country’s most stunning nature can be found in these parks, that are open to public around the year.
4) There are 7 national parks within 1,5 hour drive
There two national parks in the Helsinki metropolitan area: Nuuksio and Sipoonkorpi. In addition there are 5 more national parks less than 1.5 hours away. In any Finnish national park you get to experience silence very easily. You can be in touch with nature without any filter in between. At the same time, you get directly into your own private space where nobody comes to disturb. Visit a national park during the day and in the evening you can still enjoy a concert, go clubbing, dine in a restaurant or go see a movie.
5) There are dozens of recretion forests
There is no other capital region of over a million inhabitants in the world with so much surrounding nature. In addition to national parks and parks, there are dozens of recreation forests, routes and areas. Their purpose is to provide an easily accessible place for everyone to relax in the middle of pure nature. Try one of those.
6) The city has green, softly breathing lungs
The nature areas surrounding the city clean the air and bind impurities. The vegetation also reduces noise impact. Finland is one of the world’s top countries in the purity of air and quietness. And you really can feel this in the capital area.
7) The Viherkehä Green Ring
Cities all around the world are surrounded by the ring roads. So is Helsinki. But this capital city is also surrounded by a green ring. The Viherkehä (Green Ring) combines different natural reserves in an unbroken chain around Helsinki: parks, recreation areas and national parks.
These hundreds of conservation and recreation areas surround Helsinki in about a 40-mile radius. From Sipoonkorpi national park you can walk or ski even over 40 miles to the beautiful cape of Porkkala along the Viherkehä area. You only have to pass underneath big roads via underpasses.
8) It’s called the Daughter of the Baltic Sea
That’s how they call Helsinki. Helsinki was built where land and sea meet. Nature is present in many forms, sea included. The Helsinki metropolitan area has its own archipelago. Many of the most spectacular places are located just in the islands.
9) The inhabitants are nature addicts
Finnish nature relationship is unique. In the summer, on the fairways it feels, that the whole city is leaving for the weekend and heading into the wild. And the Midsummer’s Eve it is also absolutely true. The city centre is practically deserted. Everybody is in the nature.
Nuuksio lake highland is very close to Helsinki, but its atmosphere is really far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Nuuksio is in many ways one of Finland’s most important nature sites. It is easy to get there by bus and there are plenty of fire places and marked trails in the area. In the forests and gorges of Nuuksio you cant get enough of nature. People have been in Nuuksio for thousands of years as the ancient rock paintings, like the one shaped like an elk by the lake Pitkäjärvi, let us understand.
A successful day trip starts casually from the door of a cabin, and after the memorable day in the nature the next best thing is to have a comfy bed and catch up with the fellow hikers. Check out Nuuksio’s cozy cottage options, where you can comfortably have a bigger party. Book your preferred cottage in advance online so you can focus on relaxing and enjoying the the wilder side of the Helsinki area.
It is easy to get to Nuuksio by public transport
Different parts of Nuuksio national park are easy to reach from Helsinki. First, take a train S, U, L or E to get to Espoo.
- If you want to visit the eastern or northern parts of Nuuksio national park, take the bus 245(A) from Espoo Centre. In the winter, the bus will take you to a place called Nuuksionpää. In the summer you’ll get a bit further, to Kattila. Both of these places are located in the national park area and are good places to start your hike in Nuuksio. This bus will also take you to the Finnish Nature Centre Haltia.
- If you wish to see the southern part of Nuuksio, first take a train from Helsinki to Leppävaara in Espoo. Then take the bus 238 from Leppävaara to Siikaranta or Siikaniemi in Nuuksio.
- To get to the western side of Nuuksio you can simply take a coach from Kamppi bus station in Helsinki. This coach will take you to Tervalampi, from where you need to walk about 2 kilometers to get to the national park. Find your bus here.
Nature Center Haltia is ready to guide you to the secrets of nature
In addition to Nuuksio, the Nature Center introduces you to the gems of Finnish nature. The building itself is a piece of architecture and definately worth of seeing and experiencing. Children are given a change to try how it feels to crowl into a fox’s or bear’s nest. There is also an unobstructed hiking trail next to Haltia where nature experiences are all accessible.
Haltia has a constantly something new to experience. For more information, visit the Visitor Center’s web site.
Trails in Nuuksio:
- Nahkiaispolku, 2km: Natural restoration theme trail starting from the nature hut
- Punarinnankierros, 2km: Easy trail that fits for the beginners starts from the nature hut of Haukkalampi.
- Kaarniaispolku, 2,7km: Especially a versatile nature trails for school children starts from the end of road soidentaantie.
- Haukankierros, 4km: trail with contrasting terrain leads to mighty sceneries. Starting from the nature hut of Haukkalampi.
- Klassarinkierros, 4km: Circle trail by the surroundings of the bond Saarilampi starts from the road Valklammintie.
- Korpin kierros, 8km: Great trail for the first time visitors in Nuuksio starts from the nature hut of Haukkalampi
Photos by Antti Huttunen and Nella Himari.
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