Nuuksio National Park
|Nuuksio National Park (Nuuksion kansallispuisto,
|Area||45 km2 (17 sq mi)|
|IUCN category||II - National Park|
Nuuksio National Park (Finnish: Nuuksion kansallispuisto, Swedish: Noux nationalpark) is one of the national parks in Finland. Established in 1994, the park spreads over an area of forests and lakes in Espoo, Kirkkonummi and Vihti. North-west from Helsinki, it is the second-closest national park to the capital after Sipoonkorpi National Park. The name is derived from the Nuuksio district of Espoo.
The park can be reached by public transportation from Helsinki and Espoo. Buses 85 and 85A leave from Espoon keskus to Nuuksionpää and Kattila at daytime. From Leppävaara take bus no. 28/28K to Siikaniemi or bus no. 28T/28KT to Siikaranta. There are three marked trails for hiking and locations for grilling, camping, skiing, and berry and mushroom picking. In addition to four camping sites it is also possible to rent a cabin at Wild North.
The national park comprises the westernmost part of the so-called Nuuksio lake highlands. Dozens of endangered or near threatened species of animals, plants and fungi are known to live in the area; for instance the Siberian Flying Squirrel, the European Nightjar and the Woodlark.