Sipoonkorpi National Park is a perfect place to escape the daily grind and the hustle and bustle of the city. The dark woods and many activities on offer make the park ideal for relaxing.
Walk on marked trails
There are two nature trails that are great for exploring the park's rich and varied woodland scenery and heritage landscapes. Ponun Perinnepostia Nature Trail (1.4 km) introduces visitors to the lush forests and heritage landscapes of the valley of Byabäcken and the flora and fauna that have inhabited the area at different times. In the summer, horses and cows graze in the area and help keep the heritage landscape pristine.
Kalkinpolttaja Trail (4.8 km) in Sotunki offers a more challenging walking experience. It takes you through dense woodland and rocky terrain to the agricultural landscape of the village of Sotunki in Vantaa and an old lime excavation site. The tallest point of Högberget hill offers views across the woods all the way to the Port of Vuosaari. There is a campfire site and a lean-to shelter along the trail.
The tranquillity of the wooded wetland of Sipoonkorpi awaits skiers just a stone's throw away from the capital. The park has multiple maintained ski trails (such as Lake Bisajärvi Trail and Hakunila–Bisajärvi Trail, www.vantaa.fi), which form a comprehensive network across Helsinki, Hakunila and Kuusijärvi in Vantaa as well as Sipoo and Kerava. The trails are suited for both classic cross-country skiing and free style skiing. The trails are maintained by local authorities and sports clubs. For more information, consult the map and up-to-date reports (www.mski.fi, In Finnish) on skiing conditions.
Geocaching is a fun and social way to explore Sipoonkorpi. There are geocaches throughout the park that can be found with the help of GPS or a smartphone and geocaching sites on the internet.
- Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are allowed, except in rivers Byabäcken, Ritobäcken and Hälsängsbäcken as well as Storträsk Lake.
- Lure fishing with a single rod is permitted, except in rivers Byabäcken, Ritobäcken and Hälsängsbäcken as well as Storträsk Lake. Persons aged 18-64 years must pay the fisheries management fee (www.eräluvat.fi). Fishing permits are available from Metsähallitus' online shop (www.eraluvat.fi)
- Storträsk pond is regularly stocked with rainbow trout, and to fish there, you need to buy a fishing permit from the local fishing association.
- Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).
- Climbing: The steep rock face of Nuotiokallio offers physical challenges and glorious views for climbers.
- Birdwatching: The valley of Byabäcken and the wooded areas around the village of Hindsby are great places for birdwatching both in the daytime and at night. Keep your eyes peeled for wood grouses and listen out for the Eurasian eagle-owl and other nocturnal birds.
- Pick berries and mushrooms: Get your local produce from Sipoonkorpi! On offer are treats such as bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus), yellowfoot chanterelles, horns of plenty and hydnum mushrooms.
- Sights and scenery: The heritage landscape of the old farming village of Byabäcken takes you back in time. Grazing horses and cows are an added bonus in the summer.
- Cycling: There are no restrictions on cycling in the park. Cycling is a great way to see more of the area. Always stay on clearly visible tracks and pay attention to other hikers.
- Horse riding: Horse riding gives you a chance to see the park from a different perspective. There are no restrictions on horse riding in the area.
- Guided group tours: There are numerous entrepreneurs offering guided tours in the park. Read more.
- Hiking: Two-day hiking and skiing excursions are a great way to really explore the park's flora and fauna. You can bring your own tent and spend the night at the campfire site in Ängesböle or try the lean-to shelter along Kalkinpolttaja Trail.