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Canoe, Hike and SUP in Finland

Explore the gorgeous Nuuksio National Park by land and water and spend a night in a treehouse-style tent

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Canoe, Hike and SUP in Finland

Explore the gorgeous Nuuksio National Park by land and water and spend a night in a treehouse-style tent

DURATION
2 nights
LOCATION
Finland
ANNUAL LEAVE
1 day off work
GROUP SIZE
Up to 8 people
MEETING POINT
Helsinki Vantaa Airport
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel · Campsite
DIFFICULTY
Easy

No specific level of fitness or previous experience needed, just a sense of adventure and a willingness to try new things!

Experience Finland’s Nuuksio National Park, 45 km² of peace and tranquility

Canoe calm lakes, hike through green forests and try stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) on picture perfect waters

Spend a unique night in a tent suspended above the forest floor!

Included

Guides

Professional, English-speaking guide

Accommodation

1 night in a hotel and 1 night in a treehouse-style tent

Meals

All meals on day 2 and 3

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in-between

Equipment

All canoeing, SUP and camping equipment

Permits

Entrance to the Haltia Nature Centre

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Some meals as described

Personal expenses

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Helsinki Airport

17:30

Ends

Helsinki Airport

Flexible

Transfers

Your host will meet you at Helsinki airport at 17:30, but if you arrive early to spend the day in Helsinki there is a fast and cheap airport train connection to the city centre. Your hotel is located close to Market Square in the heart of town. At the end, you'll be returned to the airport. Please schedule your flight home to depart after 17:00.

Travel options

Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) is served by regular, inexpensive flights, including direct flights from London on British Airways, Finnair and Norwegian Air Shuttle. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Finnish cuisine blends traditional and modern continental foods for delicious and varied dining opportunities. Dishes commonly include fish, pork, beef or reindeer, but also involve lots of vegetables and mushrooms. Typical meals include cabbage rolls, hearty stews, meatballs and fish prepared in a number of ways. The evening dinner basket on the second night includes sausages, sandwiches and tea. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, just let your host know in advance.

What is the accommodation like?

Helsinki

You’ll stay at Hotel Katajanokka in the city centre. Rooms are ensuite and include TV and free wifi and the hotel also has an onsite restaurant and bar.

The forest

You’ll stay in a 2-person tent at the Tentsile Eco Camp. Tentsile tree tents are low-impact and have a low carbon footprint and are suspended one or more meters above the ground, with the higher tents accessed via a webbing ladder. The lakeside campsite also provides campfires, an eco-toilet, bottled water, sleeping bags, towels and easy access to the Haltia Nature Centre restaurant for breakfast.

Day 1

Helsinki

Meet your host at Helsinki Airport and head to your hotel in the centre of town. Check-in, unwind and then head out to explore the city.

Day 2

Hiking and camping

Take a short drive to a pristine lake located deep inside the national park and spend the day canoeing across the calm water and occasionally carrying your canoe between lakes for an extra bit of adventure! Take a break for a snack and a coffee on the lakeshore and then hike inland to check out the park’s flourishing forests. Drive to the Haltia Nature Centre for lunch and then spend the afternoon exploring, swimming in the nearby lake or hiking the surrounding trails on your own. In the evening, walk to an eco-camp and spend the night in a 2-person tent suspended above the forest floor. Dinner meanwhile will be a basket of goodies for the perfect, cosy evening meal. Fall asleep listening to the sounds of the forest.

Day 3

SUP and departure

Wake in the tranquil forest and after breakfast drive the short distance to a small and beautiful lake where you'll take to the water on a stand-up paddle board. Experience the sense of freedom and closeness to nature that's unique to SUP and then climb to the top of a nearby hill for a packed lunch with views right across the park. Nuuksio covers two different ecological zones, oak forest and southern boreal forest, with trees extending far into the distance, allowing you to appreciate the vastness of the Finnish wilderness. In the afternoon, drive back to Helsinki in time for your flight home.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

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What's included?

  • All your canoeing, SUP and camping equipment

What do I need to bring?

  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Rain/windproof jacket and trousers
  • Hiking shirts and trousers
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • Warm jacket or sweater
  • Warm hat and gloves/mittens
  • Water bottle
  • Head torch
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunblock)
  • Small backpack for carrying personal items

No particular level of fitness is needed to enjoy this trip, just bring a sense of adventure and a willingness to try new things! No previous canoeing or SUP experience is needed.

SUP is short for Stand Up Paddleboarding, a fun and peaceful sport that brings you closer to nature and gives you the freedom to experience the water like never before. You'll stand or kneel on a paddleboard and use a long paddle to gently propel yourself across the lake. The paddleboards are wide and very stable, so it's not as wobbly as you might think. Another great thing about SUP is that's it completely beginner friendly and no matter your skill level, you're guaranteed to have fun!

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Summer daytime temperatures in Nuuksio range from 16 – 22 °C and cool off to 7 – 12 °C at night. Rainstorms occur on average 15 days a month. Summer nights are very short and don't really get dark at all. From mid-August onward the nights get darker, revealing starry skies and sometimes even the aurora if you’re really lucky.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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