Canoe, Hike and SUP in Finland

Explore the best of Nuuksio National Park by land and water, and spend a night in a treehouse-style tent. 1 day off work.

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Canoe, Hike and SUP in Finland

Explore the best of Nuuksio National Park by land and water, and spend a night in a treehouse-style tent. 1 day off work.

Experience the peace and beauty of Finland’s Nuuksio National Park. There’s a lot to do in the park so your guide has hand selected the best activities. You’ll canoe the park’s calm lakes, hike through green forests, and try stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Top it off with a unique night in a tent suspended above the forest floor! Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 1 guided canoeing and hiking experience
  • 1 guided SUP experience
  • 1 night of accommodation at a hotel
  • 1 night of accommodation in a treehouse-style tent
  • All Saturday & Sunday meals included
  • Professional, local, English-speaking guide
  • Entrance to the Haltia Nature Centre
  • Airport transfers
  • Activity transfers
  • All canoeing, SUP and camping equipment

Perfect for:
This is the perfect weekend getaway if you’re seeking a fun mix of activities in a beautiful natural setting.

What to Expect

Friday: Arrival

Your host will meet you at Helsinki Airport 5.30pm on Friday, and drive your hotel in the centre of Helsinki.

Check in, unwind and explore the city.

Saturday: Canoeing, hiking and camping

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then drive 25 minutes to a pristine lake in the park.

Spend the summer day canoeing across calm water. You’ll occasionally carry your canoe between lakes for an extra bit of adventure!

Take a break for a snack and coffee on the lakeshore, then hike inland to check out the park’s beautifully flourishing forests.

In the afternoon you’ll drive to the Haltia Nature Centre for lunch.

You have the afternoon to yourself. Explore the Nature Centre, swim in the adjacent lake, or walk the surrounding trails on your own.

In the evening you’ll walk to an eco-camp to spend the night in a 2-person tent suspended a little way above the forest floor. A dinner basket offers the perfect cosy evening meal.

Fall asleep while listening to the quiet sounds of the forest at night.

Breakfast, lunch and evening dinner basket included

Sunday: SUP and departure

Awaken in the tranquil forest. After breakfast and coffee you’ll drive a short distance to a small lake.

Spend the morning exploring the beautiful lake on a stand-up paddle board. You’ll experience a sense of freedom and closeness to nature that’s unique to SUP.

Take a break to climb to the top of a nearby hill for views of the park. Nuuksio covers two different ecological zones: oak forest and southern boreal forest. The trees extend far into the distance, allowing you to appreciate the vastness of the Finnish wilderness.

Return to the Nature Centre for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll drive to the Helsinki airport to catch your flight home.

Breakfast and lunch included

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

On the first night, you’ll stay at Hotel Katajanokka in the city centre of Helsinki. The hotel has an onsite restaurant and bar. Rooms are ensuite and include TV and free wifi.

On the second night you’ll stay in a 2-person tent at the Tentsile Eco Camp in the park. Tentsile tree tents are low-impact and have a low carbon footprint. The tents are suspended one or more meters above the ground; higher tents are accessed via a webbing ladder.

The lakeside campsite provides campfires, an eco-toilet, bottled water, sleeping bags, towels, and easy access to the Haltia Nature Centre restaurant for breakfast.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Location

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Nuuksio National Park is located just 40 minutes from Helsinki but manages to provide plenty of quiet spots of beauty, perfect for a weekend escape. The park is situated on the border of the oak forest and southern boreal forest zones. Its unique ecosystem is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including moose, fox, wildcats, several threatened bird species, and the absurdly adorable Siberian Flying Squirrel.

The park’s landscape is composed of valleys and gorges carved during the Ice Age, extensive spruce and pine forests, and more than 80 small lakes and ponds. While there aren’t any large mountains, the hills in the park provide surprisingly panoramic vistas of the endless Finnish wilderness.

One highlight of the park is the Haltia Nature Centre. The centre maintains a constantly changing set of nature and art exhibitions in addition to park information, an onsite restaurant, and access to many kilometers of well-marked trails.

Start point?
You will be met Friday at the Helsinki airport. Your host can pick you up at any time, but the earlier the better so you can enjoy a full day in Helsinki. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at the Helsinki airport on Sunday. Schedule your flight home that departs after 17:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

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

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Helsinki
  • Dinner on the first night
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, and a maximum of 8.
Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a group no bigger than 8, consisting of a mix of solo travellers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

SUP is short for Stand Up Paddleboarding. It’s 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. No matter your skill level, you’re guaranteed to have fun!

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.

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, a fish prepared in a number of ways.

The evening dinner basket on the second night includes sausages, sandwiches and tea.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

Summer daytime temperatures in Nuuksio range from 16 – 22 °C and cool off to 7 – 12 °C at night. Rain storms occur an average of 15 days a month.

Summer nights are very short and not really dark at all. From mid-August onward the nights get darker, revealing starry skies and sometimes even auroras—if you’re really lucky.

  • 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

Start point?
You will be met Friday at the Helsinki airport. Your host will pick you up 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 center of Helsinki. Your hotel is located in the city center close to market square. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at the Helsinki airport on Sunday. Schedule your flight home that departs after 17:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

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

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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