Use a cruise stop in Helsinki to experience Finland’s stunning natural beauty on a private 4-hour shore excursion to Nuuksio National Park. Head into this idyllic park, a wilderness of pine forests, lakes and rocky crags. Follow a forest trail as you watch for wildlife like elk and deer, and visit the Haltia Nature Centre, an innovative museum showcasing Finland’s natural treasures. Choice of departure times, private transport, and port pickup and drop-off included.
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Choose your preferred departure time, and after pickup from Helsinki cruise port, set off with a driver and private guide on your 4-hour tour by private, air-conditioned vehicle.
During your roughly 23-mile (3-kilometer) journey, gaze out at Finland’s countryside and listen as your guide shares stories about the country’s natural history and Nuuksio National Park, your destination. Established in 1994, this national park just north of Helsinki consists of 38 clearwater lakes, pine forests and rocky crags, and is famous for rare animal and plant species, including the endangered flying squirrel, European nightjar and woodlark.
On arrival, head deep into the idyllic landscapes, soaking in the vast swathes of Scots pines, mirror-glass lakes and hidden pools as you travel. Make photo stops along the way, and hear tales from your guide about the other wildlife that roams free here, such as elk, deer, and lynx.
Pull up and walk along a narrow forest trail, contemplating the peace and quiet, and towering pines. Learn fun facts about the natural world around you, and keep your eyes peeled for the rich animal and birdlife.
Pay a visit to the Haltia Finnish Nature Centre, a state-of-the-art showcase of Finland’s national parks. Admire the innovative architecture of this eco-friendly center, and head inside to take an entertaining and educational tour of all 39 parks, from the Finnish archipelago to the fells of Lapland.
Delve into the dioramas, videos, interactive features, and scale models to experience the parks as they change with the seasons, and discover the stories and atmosphere of different wildernesses through touchscreens, virtual animal dens and more.
When it’s time, leave the center and relax on your ride back to Helsinki, where your tour ends with a port drop-off.