Nuuksio National Park

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Coordinates: 60°18′27″N 24°29′57″E / 60.30750°N 24.49917°E / 60.30750; 24.49917
Nuuksio National Park (Nuuksion kansallispuisto,
Noux nationalpark
)
Protected area
Mustalampi Lake in Nuuksio.jpg
Mustalampi Lake
Country Finland
Region Uusimaa
Coordinates 60°18′27″N 24°29′57″E / 60.30750°N 24.49917°E / 60.30750; 24.49917
Area 45 km2 (17 sq mi)
Established 1994
Management Metsähallitus
Visitation 179,500 (2009[1])
IUCN category II - National Park
Website: http://www.outdoors.fi/nuuksionp

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 Siberian Flying Squirrel (Pteromys volans) is the emblem of the national park due to its density of population.[2]

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.

Wild animals in Nuuksio park[edit]

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  1. ^ "Käyntimäärät kansallispuistoittain 2009" (in Finnish). Metsähallitus. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Flying Squirrel in Nuuksio National Park". Outdoors.fi. Metsähallitus. Retrieved 2005-07-26. 

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