I love planning, but sadly I have learned this year, that often things do not go how you planned. This has not stopped me to plan things ahead, just I think that now a days I keep the plans I make more as a guide. I have example planned where I want to travel this autumn, but who knows what the autumn will bring in the end. While I have learned, that not everything goes like you plan, I have also learned this summer that the best moments many times are unplanned. Spontaneous moments, fast decisions which just feels good at that given moment.
Last week I did one unplanned trip with a friend. It was a after work trip, and the only planning we did was checking the bus to the destination. Yeas, only to the destination, but not how to get back home. Smart and exiting. It was one of the best decisions in a long time, and totally unplanned. I ended up spending four hours laughing, talking, watching, listening,walking, eating and relaxing. And all this 35 minutes away from the city, middle of amazing nature. When did you last time do something like this? And something like this without planning it?
Ah, look the blueberries!! The forest was full of delicious berries, and I saw few people baskets full of chanterelles – so jealous!
So where did we go? We went to the amazing Nuuksio National park. It was for me first time in the park even though I live so close to the park. Nuuksio national park is located in Uusimaa Region in the areas of Espoo, Kirkkonummi and Vihti. The park are is 55 square kilometers and you can reach the park easily with car or bus. We took the bus and arrived in 35 minutes from Leppävaara to the Espoo part of the park. You can start also from other parts of the park, and example Haltia – the Finnish Nature center is one of the most popular places to start your trip in the national park.
Even though the park is not that huge, it somehow keeps so many amazing things inside it. There are beautiful valleys, steep ravines, rocks, groves, swamps and over 80 lakes and ponds. Sometimes I felt like I was in in the lakeside, the other moment it felt more like Lapland. (Well I have not been in Lapland but, that is how I imagine it to look with all the dry up trees and barren landscape). You can have your brake in one oft he cooking shelters and camping sites, but you can also just choose your own spot and spend your brake sitting in a rock or in the end of a pier like we did.
In the park marked trails and nature trails are between 1.5 and 17 km long and they vary from easy to difficult. You can also do biking and horse riding in marked trails. All the trails are very well marked and you can easily follow the chosen trail. There are numerous nature trails so you easily end up walking double the length of your trail as you want to go and check the trails. Well, at least this is what happened to us. Just be careful where you step, we ended up getting our feet wet as we did a little detour around one small pond.
Add a little color to your life – stepping around feels so much better with Nikes in bright pink!
We had our brake in the end of pier. It could not have been spot for a small brake, eating small snack and enjoying the lake view. And there were also cute ducks swimming around, one even try to come ashore from the pier while we were sitting there.
You can also do fishing in the park. It was nice to see how dad taught his son. Small precious moments.
Details about this travel tip
Nuuksio National park / Nuuksion kansallispuisto
In the north of Ring III Road (Kehä III) in areas of Espoo, Vihti and Kirkkonummi.
Start example from Haltia – the Finnish Nature Center.
I hope you have had a relaxing weekend,
P.S How did we get home in the end without plan? Kind of hitchhiked our way back home..hups! Another unplanned moment and definitely worth the laugh we got afterwards.