I took a walk in the woods, and came out taller than tree.
Finland with its amazing nature is the paradise on Earth for those who love hiking. Though always addicted to nature, I myself only considered hiking as hobby after moving to Helsinki, and nowadays I escape to the serene forests whenever I get a chance.
Just when I thought I had hiked through all the best places in Greater Helsinki, one Finnish friend told me about Luukki. I was really surprised to discover that this recreational area was as popular among locals as the famous Nuuksio National Park. Since I couldn’t resist a new adventure, I decided to take a day trip here and Luukki hike turned out to be one of my favorite pastimes.
Luukki hike – The Trail of the Seven Ponds
Located in Northern Espoo, Luukki is merely a stone’s throw away from the Finnish capital, which makes it an easy day trip. On a lovely summer, do not be surprised to come across many families with children picnicking by one of the ponds. Luukki has a network of fairly easy trails in different lengths, which are suitable for all groups of people, with or without hiking experience. As the trails in Luukki are very well marked, it is almost a no-brainer for noobs like me: no map-reading skills required and no need for hiking equipments.
My favorite trail is no doubt the trail of the Seven Ponds: Hepolampi, Käärälampi, Haukalampi, Mustalampi, Väärälampi, Halkolampi and Kaitalampi. The length of this yellow-marked trail is 8.6km though you know me, I happily take enough detours to end up hiking at least 12km. Personally, catching a glimpse of the water feature through the layers of tree is always exciting, and admiring the entire views of the ponds from above is more than fascinating. On a still day, you can be able to see the perfect reflection of the forests on the water surface.
To save the best for the last: At the end of the trail, you will pass by Kaitalampi, which is the largest and most beautiful of them all. It comes as no surprise that you will bump into most hikers here. But no worries, there is always space and solitude for everyone.
Kaitalampi offers different activities to pass time: picnicking, swimming, berry-picking and climbing. Apart from scattered benches, there are a few lakeside cooking shelters where you can prepare your own lunch and enjoy a lovely time with friends or families.
More interestingly, if you find this 8.6km trail too easy and are up for a bit of challenge, take a hike around Kaitalampi pond (or lake, it looks more like a lake to me). After a while, you would see the main trail simply disappear into some foot-beaten tiny paths, on which you tread among roots, rocks and blueberry bushes. As the terrain is getting harder, you would have to climb a little bit up and down. Personally, I think the most fun takes place during the climb.
Furthermore, if you are still full of energy after the little climb around Kaitalampi as I did, why not take a stroll through Luukki Golf Field and towards Luukki Manor?
According Luukki website, it is not possible to stay overnight here. However, I have seen people put up tents on different occasions. I guess the Finnish Everyman’s right allows people to roam freely and therefore, camp freely. Nevertheless, I highly suggest taking only a day trip and cleaning up after yourself.
Getting to Luukki from Helsinki by bus
Bus 345, which goes from Central Railway Station (Rautatienasema) to Luukki, takes approximately 1 hour. You can choose to get off at Luukki (E7225) or Kaitalampi (E7959) to start your exciting hike.
Alright, I do hope you have an enjoyable day trip to Luukki and stay tuned for our next adventure in awesome Finland!