Walking through the forest after dark is a wonderful experience and will surely be an emotional ride for those who have never done it. Our imaginations tend to go into overdrive and before we know it old fallen trees and boulders start taking on the shape of lions, tigers, and bears! Luckily, we do not have any lions or tigers in Finland… Fortunately for us we will have plenty of natural distractions to keep our imagination at bay. Sipoonkorpi National Park is home many nocturnal inhabitants. One of the most fascinating being the Eurasian eagle-owl with its activity focused in the first few hours after sunset. Equipped with a professional guide and flashlights your journey will no doubt be safe! Our walk takes place on a very wide and well-maintained trail which is easy to navigate in the night. After a short walk (20 minutes) through the forest we will end up at the campfire location where we can drink hot juice and barbecue Finnish sausages. After our campfire break and nightly exploring it is time to head back. We will walk back on the same path from which we came. This excursion is meant to give you a glimpse into the possibilities of camping and nature based activities possible in Finland after dark. You will be brought back to Helsinki feeling relaxed and in wonder from this awesome and unique nature excursion at night.
I am founder of nature travel company Taiga Times and a professional wilderness guide. I have been hiking and camping for many years and truly love to spend my time outdoors with people, sharing what makes me the most happy. I spent the past year studying in one of Finlands top wilderness guide programs which has taught me everything there is to know about the wilderness in this beautiful country. Growing up in Canada has played a major role in my love for the outdoors and I have realized living in Finland now that our "backyards" are one and the same. I have spent many years backpacking all over the world but my favorite place to be is in the taiga forest which speads across the northern hemisphere (Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia etc..) I want to share my love of the outdoors and help show how truly beautiful Finland is!
Finnish sausages grilled over the campfire. There are vegetarian/vegan options upon request! Any and all food preferences…
Hot juice warmed over the fire!
2019 Ford Tourneo - 9 seat passenger van - named El Toro
Flashlights are provided. I also have an assortment of beanies, scarfs, gloves and sitting pads.
We will be in Sipoonkorpi national park which is made up of many different forest types, mires and cultural landscapes. We will walk approximately 1 kilometer to the Storträsk campsite which overlooks a small lake. This is a new campfire site with a dry toilet and a wood shelter which we are able to use to make a fire, barbecue snacks and enjoy the forest at night.
Nature at night