I parked my car in the parking lot near the Sorlammen nature trail. Then, I walked about 1.5 km over the Nuuksion Ratsastuskeskus until I reached Hynkänlampi – a small lake with clear water and a well-tended fireplace.

After setting up my tent, I prepared my early dinner and then took a short walk to explore the cliff at one end of the lake. There is a small path up to the cliff, and on top of it, I found an unofficial fire pit and a great view of the lake.

The night in the tent was calm and refreshing but not cold. I woke up around 6:30 a.m. and took a few pictures of the mist-shrouded lake.

I spent the rest of the morning at the Finnish nature centre Haltia, which is only 7 km from Hynkänlampi, where I walked to the nearby Nuuksio Bikepark to take some photos of Nuuksion Pitkäjärvi. Later I had lunch at Ravintola Haltia, where they usually prepare local dishes. It was a little expensive but tasty.

Nuuksio National Park

Nuuksio National Park is near Helsinki – just a 1-hour 85A bus ride from Espoo Center. It is a popular place for people in Helsinki to get away from the busy city life and enjoy the great outdoors. Here, you will find gorges formed by the last ice age, valleys, 43 lakes, and hills up to 110 meters high.

The trails are marked, and there are also wilderness huts (Lavvu) and fire pits. There are also opportunities for skiing, swimming, packrafting or walking around the park to pick mushrooms and berries.

Nuuksio National Park
Nuuksio National Park

I went to Nuuksio several times to hike and visit the Finnish nature centre Haltia, where you can explore different aspects of nature in Finland. From there, you can also hike to Haukkalampi and back (10 km).

The most popular hiking trails in Nuuksio National Park:

  • Punarinnankierros Trail (2 km – marked with red signs)
  • Haukankierros Trail (4 km – marked with blue signs)
  • Korpinkierros (8 km – marked with yellow signs)

Haukkalampi is the most common starting point for a hike in Nuuksio. It can get quite crowded here around the fireplaces in the warmer months as hiking is very popular in Finland.


The Yli-Takkula Outdoor Recreation Area is located just next to Nuuksio National Park. We parked our cars at Yli-Takkula and walked next to lake Saarijärvi until we reached a small lake called Iso Majaslampi.