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Salmi Recreational Area

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Salmi recreation area is located on the northern side of Nuuksio National Park in the municipality. The area is also known as Nuuksio Northern Gate and offers several trails, which vary from under 2 to 10 kilometers. These marked trails are suitable for hiking and jogging during the summer season. During the winter season, trails serve as cross-country skiing tracks. The area is situated by Lake Salmijärvi - one of 95 lakes located in Espoo. You can swim in the lake or dip into the lake after having a sauna session in one of the rental saunas located at the lakeside. 

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How to get there?

You can reach the Northern Gate - Salmi recreational area by public transport from the center of Helsinki. The nearest bus stop is located approximately 1 km from the area. Public buses operate only a few times a day. Therefore, please check the time schedule with the HSL transportation app. You can also reach the area by car and use the services of a large parking area.

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Camping in the area is allowed either with a tent or a caravan in the marked areas. Besides that, you can accommodate yourself in lovely Nuuksion Taika villas. Preparing your own food outdoors is possible in one of the cooking shelters, and you can find Café Nuuksio Pohjoinen Pirtti in the area. 

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Famous trails in the Salmi area


Along this nature trail, the whole family gets to know the versatile nature types and to trail´s fairy-tale residents. Manor Gnome’s Tour is 1,5 km long. The trail passes through several different natural environments, which all have their own fairy-tale resident. Along the path, there are playgrounds, a swimming place, and a campfire site. The path ends at the playground. The trail is marked with orange. 


This easy and short trail offers beautiful meadows, beach, and forest views for the whole family. Paavo’s path is 1,6 km long, and it passes through meadows, beaches, and forests. Along the road, there is a picnic place in Lammasniemi. Paavo’s path is well-suited for children, families, and seniors alike. The trail is marked with blue. 


Along this quite long hiking trail, it is possible to get to know Finnish forest scenery and beautiful lake views. Tapio’s Tour is about 10 km long, and it goes through the forest, swamp, and waterside landscapes. You can either walk the whole path or take a shortcut from Lake Iso-Parikka. Along the trail, there are campfire sites and swimming places at the Iso-Parikka and Pikku-Parikka beaches. Tapio’s Tour is intended for fit hikers of all ages, and it is easy to walk. The trail is marked with green color. 

Ryhmä vaeltamassa kesäisessä metsässä.
Photo: Natura Viva

Hero Image: Nuuksion Taika