Helsinki: Hiking Activity Holiday

Helsinki is ideal for a hiking holiday, whether you prefer the traditional method or the traditional Finnish winter sport of snowshoe hiking. Helsinki Central Park has 100kms of hiking trails as well as a hiking lodge with sauna. If that’s not enough for you, then neighbouring city Espoo (a short drive from Helsinki) is home to Nuuksio National Park. Offering hikers and outdoor enthusiasts marked trails, cooking shelters and camping areas, Nuuksio is perfect for hikers on holiday in Helsinki.

Many of the islands in Helsinki’s archipelago are suitable for day hikes, again with marked trails. Some also have camping spots, such as the popular Kaunissaari Island. As mentioned before, snowshoe hiking is a winter alternative to traditional hiking in Helsinki. Unlike skiing, it doesn’t rely on machine-made trails and snowshoes are easy to use (again, there’s no comparison with skiing). Pretty much anyone can snowshoe hike, regardless of age or physical condition. If you do fancy trying out this hiking variation, equipment is available for rental at the Paloheinä recreational centre in Helsinki Central Park.