All Inclusive Hiking Tours to Finland’s National Parks from Helsinki

 

My name is Mikko and you can think of me as your Finnish Friend who loves being out in nature.
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  Reasons to Go With Me

  • I organise hikes for you and your friend, you don’t have to go with a big group.
  • Freedom of hiking distances and schedules, and your own peace and quiet thanks to the small group size.
  • You don’t want a heavy backpack to ruin all the joys of being in nature, we use ultralight gear on my trips.
  • You can borrow all hiking and camping gear needed, they’re included in the prices.
  • I can adapt the tours to your wishes and needs, for example if you want to come with children or a dog, or if you have physical disabilities.

 

I’ve built my tours based on things you need to think about when visiting national parks around Helsinki, to make it as easy as possible for you to just enjoy your authentic experience, in all the best places, at any time of year.

Everything has been taken care of for you. You don’t need to worry about transport, weather and clothing or camping gear needed, food or drinks, finding your way or finding peace.

All you need to do is walk in nature. Let your mind and body wander in the forest.

We hike responsibly and respect nature. We leave only footprints behind.

What My Customers Think of Me

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Rachel
11/05/2022 - Google

I highly recommend booking a hike or camping trip with Mikko the Finnish Friend!My husband and I went on a day hike to the Baltic Sea Coast and it was one of the highlights of our trip to Finland! Everything was impeccably organized from start to finish. I appreciated him checking in a couple days before our booking, and also giving us an ETA when he was on his way to pick us up. Our diets (one celiac, one vegetarian) were handled conscientiously and the food was also tasty! We had crackers and chocolate as a snack, and cooked cinnamon rolls and karelian pies (served with egg butter) over the fire for lunch. (With firewood he showed us how to chop ourselves!)The hike itself was excellent as well, with many great views and interesting terrain. Mikko often stopped to point out different natural phenomena, offer us his binoculars to observe birds, and search for plants to forage. It felt a bit like a nature walk! At the same time, he was very receptive to what we wanted to get out of the hike, asking how long we wanted to stay out, how much energy we had, and saying we were free to set the pace. We ended up staying out until a little after 10pm, taking in a beautiful sunset over the coast while perched on a rock. We really appreciate all the photos he took of us on the hike, including the sneaky candid ones while we were watching the sunset!Having never been to Finland before, it was perfect for us to plan the tour one of our first days there, as we learned so much about both the local flora and fauna and Finnish culture from Mikko. Being able to recognize many of the things we talked about earlier made the rest of our stay more enjoyable!Finally, it's worth saying that Mikko is a nice guy with a good sense of humor and we just had fun spending the day with him. If we ever make it back to Finland, we will look into booking one of his longer camping trips!

Emily
5 star rating
01/02/2022 - TripAdvisor

Amazing Trip It was one of the best trips I have. I never thought that hiking in the snow is pretty fun to do. Putting the snowshoe on is the best. It was heavy but it was super cool to wear. I feel like I was a professional hiker for a day haha😊 Few things I enjoyed aside from walking in the snow.. I love the winter picnic when we stopped to eat lunch.. Mikko let us experience the Finnish thing, Finnish food, dessert etc.. Mikko is an excellent tour guide, nice and very patient with our questions 🙈 Thank you so much. P.S, if you book a trip with him especially on winter, you don't need to worry about the equipments. He has everything you need in his van. From snowshoes, winter shoes, inner/outer jackets, gloves etc..He has your back! So, don't worry. Just enjoy the hike😉

RoseFL
5 star rating
01/02/2022 - TripAdvisor

An INCREDIBLE day trip in Nuuksio National Park! The Most Amazing Experience I had in Finland, so far. I did some winter hike already in the French and Swiss alps but it was my first time to hike with snowshoes, so it was very exciting. We took a 1 day trip with the "Finnish Friend" in Nuuksio and it was an incredible adventure. We were picked up at 10 am near our place in Kottby in a mini bus. We were just told to wear the comfortable clothes we have and then Mikko lended us all the things that we needed before we started the hike. From snowshoes, hiking shoes, fleeces, ski pants and jackets, and he also have bonnets and gloves. (You have nothing to worry about aquipments). We started the hike at 11am. We snowshoed on frozen lakes and swamps and hiked through some hills and forest----AND. IT. WAS. INCREDIBLE. We were able to see some footsteps of moose, deers, foxes and some wild animals. Mikko also told us about the different kinds of trees in the forest and its importance. Mid way through the trip, we took our lunch with an open fire, with some traditional sausages, and then coffee/ tea with a downhill bun for desserts. And we were offered some snacks too, with some finnish chips and chocolates, fruit and some warm berry juice. We finished our hike at 7pm. So it was already dark when we went back to his mini bus, but we really had fun. It was a very incredible trip! Mikko of "Finnish Friend" is very knowledgeable with the place, the forest, floras and faunas. HE REALLY KNOWS HIS THING! He is very comfortable to be with and never had a dull moment. You can ask him lots of questions and he will happily answer everything. He showed us the amazingly beautiful National Park of Nuuksio in winter that now, we are already excited to see it on summer. And for sure with Mikko again as our guide. Very highly recommended!

Annabel
5 star rating
01/01/2022 - TripAdvisor

Best part of our trip We had the best day of our trip to Helsinki with Mikko in Nuuksio National Park. We were picked up from our hotel and dropped back at the end of the day. Mikko’s ’ van was kitted out with all the wet and cold weather gear we needed, we didn’t have to bring our own . He even had boots of every size . And a very smart dressing room fitted in the back of his van. The trek he had planned was very thoughtful and he obviously had a deep understanding of the area. His knowledge of plants, insects fungi and animals was exceptional. Mikko supplied delicious snacks and drinks and made us a 5 star supper over an open fire looking out across a frozen lake. It really was a wonderful experience I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Finland than with Mikko’s care and knowledge .

Anna
13/10/2021 - Google

It was a great trip! Mikko knows all the hidden gems and has broad knowledge about the nature and history. Highly recommended for anyone who’d like to have a great, relaxing and fun experience with a super friendly guide. Thank you, Mikko!

Transport

Transport from Helsinki to Nuuksio National Park in minibus.
I have a spacious, air conditioned minibus with all the outdoor gear we might need.

My tours include transport from your hotel, Airbnb or the airport to our destination and back. There’s plenty of space in my car to change your clothes and stretch your legs.

I’ll pick you up when you want to go.

I can pick you up from the airport if you want to go to nature straight away, or if you’re just on a stopover or layover in Helsinki, or pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport after our trip. You can leave your luggage in my car.

Hiking and camping gear, clothing, shoes and other equipment

Vaellusvarusteet vaellusmatkoilla. Sisältää teltat, makuupussit ja -alustat, tyynyt, rinkat ja kaiken muun tarvittavan.
My tours include all hiking and camping gear you need to stay overnight in a national park. The gear is good, I use the same in Lapland.

You can borrow a backpack, tent, sleeping bag and pad, pillow, jackets, trousers, shoes, gloves, beanies and caps, socks, snowshoes, walking poles, towel and everything else you might need on a camping trip or a day hike.

You’ll stay dry, you’ll stay warm. Unless you go swimming.

And you can keep your own clothes clean by borrowing mine.

Food, Snacks and Drinks

Kahvia kuksasta Porkkalanniemessä.
Quality coffee or tea even on hikes!

All meals you need during the trips are included from the moment you step in to my minibus.

Eat breakfast before I pick you up. On day hikes I provide snacks, drinks and a lunch in Finnish style. On longer camping trips all the snacks, drinks and meals are included. That means you get breakfasts, snacks while walking, lunch and dinner after we set camp. Warm drinks like coffee or tea you can get whenever you want.

Let me know about your diets or allergies on the booking form, I’ll accommodate everyone.

Guiding

Nuuksio National Park in spring in May. Quiet side of the national park, the trails are hidden deep in the woods. Finnish nature near Helsinki, Finland.
The best places and experiences are often hidden deep in the woods, behind a walk on secret trails.

You don’t need to know anything about hiking to go on my tours. I’ll take care of you.

Often on day hikes you don’t even need to carry a backpack, on overnight hiking and camping trips you’ll carry a very light pack. Otherwise you can choose how much you’ll participate in the work like setting up tents and packing up, or cooking.

Because we’ll hike in a small group without a predetermined plan and schedule I can change our route in the middle of the hike to accommodate your wishes or the conditions.

I want to show you the best places, but the most important thing on every hike is always safety, and that we’ll return to the car by walking on our own feet. As your guide I’ll make sure that happens.

Being your guide also means telling you about Finnish nature and helping you in every way possible. Let me know of your wishes and I’ll do my best to fulfil them.

Relaxed Schedule

Nuuksio National Park in fall. Having my morning coffee by a beautiful lake. Nature near Helsinki, Finland.
For me being in nature is supposed to be relaxing, that’s what I want you to have as well.

I want you to have a stress-free experience, we can go when it suits you and stay in the destination for long. There’s no schedule for preplanned route or programs to follow, we are free to go and do as we please.

If you decide you just want to sit down in peace and sense the world around you, we can do that. If you want to pick berries or mushrooms, we can do that. If you want to see as many lakes as possible and walk a long distance, we can do that. If you want to spend time alone with your loved one in the middle of a quiet forest, you can do that.

All the Typical Finnish Activities

Nuuksio National Park in summer in July. Handful of wild blueberries, or actually bilberries. Nature near Helsinki, Finland.
Picking blueberries in Nuuksio National Park. Thanks to Finland’s Everyman’s right we are free to pick edible things from nature.

We can do all the things Finnish people do when walking in nature, like pick berries, forage mushrooms, swim in the lakes, snowshoe, or just relax in the peace and quiet.

You don’t need to book different activities, they’re all included according to season and weather.

Privacy and Personal Experience

Nuuksio National Park in fall. Finnish forest on quiet autumn days in November. Nature near Helsinki, Finland.
I know where to take you to avoid crowds, where we can be alone on quiet trails.

My tours are private for you or your small group, and I want to take you to places where you can have the peace Finland’s nature is all about.

By being alone we can have much purer, personal experience of the natural world around us. We’ll experience small moments in time that we are the only witnesses to.

What Do I Know About Hiking

I’ve started hiking, backpacking, camping, whatever we call it, from zero. I haven’t been in scouts. I haven’t copied somebody else’s way of doing things, although it would’ve made some things easier to learn.

What starting from a sofa to go hiking and camping has forced me to do is that I don’t do things just because that’s how they’ve always been taught. I’ve had to learn to do things so that hiking is comfortable TO ME. It has taken some experiments and mistakes, but now when I take beginners to camp in national parks or Lapland’s wilderness, they don’t complain about being uncomfortable. Everything just works.

Skills and knowledge I’ve gathered on hundreds of nights in a tent and on thousands of kilometres on trails, and often outside of them, from Nuuksio National Park to wildernesses in Lapland.

I’ve gone to the mountains of North in spring when everybody else has said that it’s too early, and then I’ve enjoyed my time in an empty wilderness. In a same way I’ve stayed at the mountains in fall when the hiking season has been over and everybody else has gone home, and then I’ve looked at the amazing displays of northern lights and snow-covered mountaintops. Those are the kinds of things you’ll experience when you go on hiking adventures yourself.

Mikko Sinisalo's adventure in Lapland, hiking the Nordkalottruta/Nordkalottleden and a bit more. Hike across the Northern Norway.
My Kalotti 2011 hike: 1200 kilometres and 86 nights camping the whole way. Nordkalottruta from Sulitjelma to Kautokeino, and from there to Sandfjord on my own trails.
Adventures and hiking in nature, from Southern Finland to Lapland, in national parks and in wilderness. Finland, Sweden, Norway. Part 1 of 2.
Backpacking memories from Sweden, Norway, Koli and Hossa National Parks and from Porkkalanniemi.
Adventures and hiking in nature, from Southern Finland to Lapland, in national parks and in wilderness. Finland, Sweden, Norway. Part 2 of 2.
More memories from adventures in Lapland. You’ll experience many amazing things when you spend time outdoors.

I’ve hiked a lot alone and if I’d need to mention something especially important to know, it would be taking care of yourself. Somewhere out there in the wilderness nobody else looks after you, there’s nobody to help you if something bad happens, and there might not be any phone reception. Now I take care of you as my job.

You can trust me to keep you safe, to stay calm, and to always bring you back in a good spirit.

 

Nuuksio National Park Partner

Partner of Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland

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