• Experience the Finnish National Park

    Canoeing / Archipelago National Park

    The Finnish archipelago formed in the Baltic Sea in the Ice Age. More than 90 per cent of the 500-square-metre Archipelago National Park off the southwest coast of Finland is underwater. The Archipelago National Park (along with the Oulanka National Park in northeastern Finland) belongs to the European PAN Parks organisation, a testament to their dedication to ecological values. For canoe aficionados, there’s enough to see and do for a week or even two.

  • Snowshoeing / Koli National Park

    Especially in deep, fluffy powder snow, snowshoeing is a great activity – slow enough for the mind to take in the still white wilderness, yet strenuous enough to give you a decent full-body workout. The hilly terrains of Koli in Eastern Finland are perfect for a day out on snow shoes.

  • White water rafting / Oulanka National Park

    The rivers Oulanka and Kitka and their famous rapids offer the best of two worlds: quiet and calm stretches on the crystal clear – and drinkable – water, with rapids big and small scattered all the way down the river to get that adrenaline pumping. The best thing is the spectacular landscape of northeastern Finland that serves as a backdrop all the way through.

  • Mountain biking / Syöte National Park

    Syöte National Park is the only one of Finland’s 37 national parks where trails are marked for mountain bikers. In the past few years, in these tree-covered hills, old features have been restored and new ones built for mountain bikers and hikers. This region, with the southernmost fells of Finland and the surrounding taiga forest, showcases nature so diverse it’s a miniature of the whole country.

  • Snowmobiling / Pyhä-Luosto National Park

    As a general rule, snowmobiles are forbidden in national parks. However, in Lapland, on top of the Keski-Luosto Fell, there is a rare official snowmobile route through the breathtaking scenery. Snowmobiles are available for rent in both of the Pyhä and Luosto ski and holiday resorts nearby.

  • Bird watching / Archipelago National Park

    Utö is Finland’s southernmost inhabited island and an excellent place to spot both common and rare birds in the spring. In the photo, eiders are flying by the shore at sunset.

  • Rock climbing / Repovesi National Park

    The Olhava cliffs in Repovesi National Park in Southern Finland are a mecca for rock climbers in the country. The nearly perpendicular rock face rises straight out of the lake and soars 50 metres skyward. Red-throated diver birds can be heard on the lake as the brave climbers make their way up the granite wall.

  • Cross country skiing / Urho Kekkonen National Park

    The Polar Night shrouds Lapland in virtual darkness for several weeks in December and January. Even though the sun doesn’t actually rise, it isn’t pitch black during the day, rather a mysterious hue of blue. In the Saariselkä holiday resort and the nearby Urho Kekkonen National Park, there are three hours of “the blue moment” every day in mid-winter, which makes for some truly unique cross-country skiing in Finland.

  • Volunteer work / Lemmenjoki National Park

    The WWF and local environmental organizations arrange volunteer camps in the summer in various national parks in Finland, and anyone is welcome to participate. The photo shows a camp in the Lemmenjoki (literally: Love River) National Park, where volunteers were restoring an old farmstead on the riverbanks.

  • Cooking on a camp fire / Pyhä-Luosto National Park

    Making dinner on open fire is an integral part of hiking trips. Here, sausages are being roasted on a camp site next to the Karhunjuomalampi pond in the Pyhä-Luosto National Park.

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Experience the Finnish National Park

Finnish national parks are protected areas with unique natural features. Accessing them is encouraged, and they present a number of recreational possibilities.

There are 37 national parks in Finland, the surface area of which total 8 150 square kilometers.

They’re scattered around the country’s archipelago, lakes, forests, peat lands and fells, and showcase the areas’ various natural characteristics, such as rapids, rift valleys and eskers.

Have fun, respect nature

The main function of national parks is protecting nature. However, provided certain basic rules are adhered to, anyone may wander freely inside them.

Besides enjoying the scenery and spotting animals and plants, the parks present ideal opportunities for recreation like hiking, climbing, snowshoeing and other outdoor pursuits.

Good Services

Many national parks now have nature trails, as well as information boards on the parks’ various features.

In most parks, there are rentable cabins and unlocked huts where anyone can stay. Some even have cooking places and tent sites.

Why is an area a national park?

Besides national landscapes and unique natural elements, localities with outstanding picturesque scenery or panoramic views have been selected for preservation.

In other places the aim has been to preserve landscapes affected by human habitation and ancient ways of life.

Wild & Free

To be truly free, all you need is the untouched wilderness an open mind and a healthy little dose of madness.

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