I’ve reached my limit with the main trails in Nuuksio, and I needed to get away from the madding crowds as much as possible. It’s hard to get a true wilderness experience in Southern Finland, but I hatched a vague plan to explore the lesser known paths – one’s so rarely taken they barely registered on the map, just feint lines easily confused with contours, leading to small lakes in forgotten parts of the park.
Nothing makes me happier than introducing someone to their first overnight outdoors experience. On this occasion, the inductee was my friend Antoine’s daughter, Lilja. As the weather here in Helsinki has been tentatively tip-toeing towards summer, we thought it would be nice to get the kids out camping on a trip to Nuuksio National Park, Helsinki.
When my friend Antoine said he'd like to come backpacking with me one day as he'd never been hiking anywhere before, I smiled – it's always nice to introduce a trail virgin to the joys of the outdoors. I started looking at maps, wanting to find a place that was a little bit special, and less likely to be busy. A wilderness adventure beckoned.
A backpacking, bikepacking, fatbikeing, packrafting overnight adventure in Rovaniemi with Toni Lund, and a couple of nice microbrewery beers.
Jaakko Heikka joins Backpacking North on an overnighter into stormy Lapland. Sausages are consumed, and a new tent is given a test.