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Nuuksio national park from Kattila starting point

Kattila is a popular starting point to Nuuksio national park because it has public transport (bus line 85A) available in summer. If hiking south from Kattila you will reach Haukankierros trail which is quite used by people leaving from the most popularstarting point of Haukkalampi.

Field at Kattila starting point
Path on Haukankierros trail
Terrain on the connecting trail

In early September I walked from Kattila through connecting routes clockwise towards Haukkalampi and then made a visit off the main trails to lake Iso-Holma and its fire sites. The trail to Iso-Holma from the main trail is not marked but is very visible. Iso-Holma northern fire site has a lot of tent places around, I guess it is quite popular with scout and other groups. This time on only two groups of day visitors were around.

Lake Iso-Holma from the northern fire site
Southern fire site on lake Iso-Holma
Lake Iso-Holma
Rock formations

September forest and weekend had attracted quite many people in rubber boots and with their bark baskets searching for mushrooms. For more info about Nuuksio national park, visit here.

September forest
Connecting path to Kattila
Beautiful wide duckboards

Nuuksio national park in March

In March you can visit Nuuksio national park in southern Finland by walking, skiing or snowshoeing. There are no maintained ski tracks but you can ski on lakes if the ice is thick enough. On the marked trails there are usually paths opened by park visitors.

The trail is quite narrow at Siikaranta
Pine trees
Siikaranta - Salmi trail is marked with orange marks
The surface of snow is not frozen enough
Squirrel's work
Lake Pitkäjärvi of Nuuksio
Jäniskallio cliffs of lake Pitkäjärvi - there are rock paintings of elk from the stone age
The shore of lake Pitkäjärvi
Frozen surface - good for skate style skiing

Nuuksio national park – southern trail to the park

You can enter the southern part of Nuuksio national park from Siikajärvi. Behind Siikaranta conference hotel is a parking place if you arrive by car. From Siikaranta to the nearest fire site of lake Holma-Saarijärvi is about 3 kilometers by main paths. From Holma-Saarijärvi you can continue to lake Mustalampi via Korpinkierros circle trail and come back to Siikajärvi.

At Holma-Saarijärvi there are two fire sites, one on an island and one at the lean-to. At weekends you will have company at fire sites. There was plenty of wood at the time I visited. One not so nice souvenir of Nuuksio in September is a deer fly, hirvikärpänen in Finnish which is one nasty insect that likes to stick to your hair and most persistent ones you will find at home.

In September weekends there are quite many people, quite many picking mushrooms. If you exit main trails to less used paths which are plenty, there will be no rush. Since mushroom pickers use no trails they will blend in in the forest.

Nuuksio forest
Crossroads at 1,8 km from Siikaranta
One of the small lakes of Kolmoislammet
Path up north near Kolmoislammet
A bit of erosion on main paths
Island on lake Holma-Saarijärvi
A bridge leading to the island on lake Holma-Saarijärvi
Wooden "pitkospuut" leading to Haukkalampi
Herkkutatti (boletus edulis) - one edible mushroom
Small trumpet chanterelles - suppilovahvero (cantharellus tubaeformis) - great in soups
Dog's view of Nuuksio's forest

Canoeing in Espoo – a day trip to the gate of Nuuksio national park

I made a day trip to lake Saarijärvi in Espoo at the first weekend of June by canoe. The aim was to paddle three lakes; Saarijärvi, Sarkkinen and Suolikas with my friend. Lakes Sarkkinen and Suolikas are inside Nuuksio national park and parts of lake Saarijärvi belong to Nuuksio np.

Lake Saarijärvi (there are tens, maybe hundreds of places called Saarijärvi in Finland) has very clear water and a sandy beach on its northern shore. Saarijärvi is popular diving place in southern Finland. One diver suddenly emerged with his harpoon (?) when we got our canoe off water after our trip. There are quite many cottages on the shores but the southern shore leading to the national park is quite peaceful. Lake Saarijärvi is small, only about 2 kilometers long and has an one big island.

You can launch your canoe to water by the public beach and then leave your car at the parking place across Vihdintie road. The local cottage owners are quite eager to watch the use and parking along their private road by the lake.

From lake Saarijärvi you have to carry your vessel to another lake Saarikas. The longer wider path (about 300 meters) was blocked by several fallen logs and the shorter path (about 200 meters?) goes across a little ridge. Both paths are pumpy with roots of trees on them so canoe carts are of no use here. Due to several reasons we decided not to drag our canoe to lake Saarikas and after that from lake Saarikas to lake Suolikas which transfer would have been shorter (about 30 meters?). Well that leaves room for future plans to visit a few of these 43 smaller lakes of Nuuksio national park. And yes, there were already those little friends, mosquitos waiting on the shore. Good mosquito summer is to be expected..

The weather was warm and sunny with only a small breeze from northwest. At the break I tried to paddle the canoe alone from rear with no weight in front. When the small gust of wind hit the front it turned quickly the canoe to the opposite direction and to the rocks. Fortunately I had my kayak paddle with me to get me back to the route. Again it was proven that with wrongly balanced weight on the canoe it is beyond steering.

The trip was shorter than planned but worth it.

Take off at the beach of lake Saarijärvi
Clear water attracts divers and swimmers
Moss on cliffs by the shore
Cliffs on the southern shore of lake Saarijärvi
Island of lake Saarijärvi
Persistence to grow
Another moss formation
Break at the transfer point
Geocache found nearby
Path leading to lake Sarkkinen - looks good at the start, gets trickier after next corner
Underwater logs and vegetation

Took some underwater video of the log. Weird sounds come from the paddle.