For guided outdoor activities in Helsinki and in the metropolitan area contact us – Natura Viva provides you with kayak and canoe tours, bike and SUP tours.
Natura Viva is your number one provider of outdoor activities in Helsinki and the metropolitan area. We have two home bases: The Paddling Center in Vuosaari, Helsinki, and the Hawk Nest recreational center in Nuuksio National Park, Espoo. There’s a wide variety of guided outdoor tours available, from kayaking and canoeing to stand up paddling and biking. The Helsinki archipelago and the Nuuksio National Park create wonderful and unique settings for a great day outdoors!
Kayaking is our speciality! We offer numerous kayak tours in the Paddling Center, situated on the shore of the Iso Kallahti bay, Gulf of Finland. The Helsinki archipelago is a wonderful kayaking destination with many small public islands, on which visitors are allowed. Longer tours are also available as well as overnight kayak tours: there’s something magical in kayaking in the night, under the almost-bright Helsinki summer sky.
In Nuuksio National Park our base is located on the shore of Hawk Lake, a picturesque forest lake – an ideal setting for relaxing canoe tours. Open canoes, the traditional canoes of the Native Americans, can carry three persons and offer lot of space for outdoor gear. Canoeing on the lake is a tranquil experience – something everyone should try at least once in a lifetime.
We also offer English-spoken kayak courses for beginners. If you feel like going out to the sea but feel unprepared, attend the course and you will learn the basics of kayaking. Our tour guides and course teachers are qualified kayaking experts who look after your safety and take care of your comfort.
Stand Up Paddling
At Natura Viva we also offer stand up paddling tours. This upward-trending summer sport is fun, suitable for all and easy to learn. On our SUP tours you will learn the basic skills requiered for a successful SUP session and follow our SUP guides on the exciting journeys through the archipelago and the Hawk Lake waters. Weekly scheduled and guided SUP tours are available in both Paddling Center and Nuuksio Hawk Nest.
These bikes are super fun to ride! Fatbikes are robust mountain bikes equipped with multiple gears and fat tires – perfect for all terrains, all soils, from hilly environments to flat-out open grounds. We offer guided Fatbike tours all year around in Vuosaari and during the summer season in Nuuksio National Park. And yes – you can ride the Fatbike even on snow and ice, as the wider-than-normal tires will maintain friction even on slippery grounds.
Rowing on a traditional Finnish rowing boat – now there’s a relaxing outdoor activity for everyone! Nature Viva’s rowing boats can carry three people and are suitable for island hopping in Helsinki archipelago as well as for smooth floating on the calm Hawk Lake. A rowing trip is definitely a nice way to spend a few hours within the nature. Rent a boat at the Paddling Center or at Nuuksio Hawk Lake and embark on a easy-going rowing session.
If you're looking for an adventurous time in Finland, we offer exciting over-weekend activities in both Vuosaari Paddling Center, Helsinki, and Nuuksio Hawk Nest in the Nuuksio National Park. Spend a weekend enjoying outdoor activities and the magic of the Finnish nature.