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Southern Konnevesi National Park

At the Southern Konnevesi National Park visitors can enjoy the wide open waters on a boat or canoe, navigating through a maze of islands among smooth glacial rocks and vertical rock walls. You can glimpse through the clear waters and into the depths that harbour the wild brown trout. Breathtaking contrasts characterise this national park. You can trek from herb-rich forests to high cliffs for a view over the magnificent landscape of the osprey.

Aulanko Nature Reserve

Aulanko has been a popular destination with visitors for more than a hundred years. The English-style park, which forms a part of the nature reserve, was constructed in 1883 – 1938, and its buildings and cultural history make it a nationally valuable site. Nowadays, there is a lot to see at the Aulanko Nature Reserve in addition to the beautiful scenery. The forest park of Aulanko, its sights, and the view from the scenic lookout tower of Aulangonvuori Hill over the national landscape attract more than 400 000 visitors every year. The area is best suited for day trips.

Rokua National park

When you explore the esker ridges, sandhills and kettle hole lakes of Rokua, it's easy to see clear traces of the Ice Age – this is why this area forms part of Finland's first UNESCO Geopark. Family-friendly trails lead off through the park's wooded sandhills, where the forest floor is blanketed with silvery lichens. Kettle hole lakes nestling in sandy hollows are scattered through the park.

Lake Pallasjärvi Canoe Trip in the National Park

Lake Pallasjärvi is a huge wilderness lake, located in the heart of the national park. This trip is lead by a Certified National Park Guide. The lake affords many amazing views of the park and it is great for fishing, typical catches being grayling and trout. At the end of the summer, you can also pick berries, as wild berries such as Arctic cloudberries, blueberries, and lingonberries grow in lake's surroundings. A picnic lunch is included in the package.

Patvinsuo National Park

Scanning the open marshes of Patvinsuo, you might be lucky enough to see a distant bear, though bears typically do their best to avoid people. Atop the viewing towers, you can admire the changing marshlands on misty autumn mornings, light summer nights, or in the springtime, when birds flock to the bogs to feed and breed. After a nice walk, take a cooling dip by the sandy shores or the lakeside sauna at Suomunjärvi.

Evo Hiking Area

Though Evo is within easy reach of Finland's largest cities, you still feel you are in the heart of the forest. Ramble along easy trails or take a longer hike. Evo's forests are home to wildlife including elk, lynx and beavers. Facilities by Evo's excellent fishing waters are designed to be accessible for fishers of all ages. Evo is a great place to bring the whole family for an adventure.

A Guided Canoeing Tour in Kolovesi National Park

Join our professional guide on a one day adventure in a canoeing paradise: Kolovesi national park. Motorboats are not allowed in Kolovesi, and this makes canoeing a pleasure in the silent and wilderness like surroundings. The guide will ensure a safe and informative visit to Kolovesi even for beginners. During the safari we will make a small break in Ukonvuori hill to explore the 5000 years old rock paintings. Canoeing in the silence of Kolovesi is an unforgettable experience. The rare Saimaa seal lives in Kolovesi area, and if we are lucky we might see it during the day.

Salamajärvi National Park

Follow in the hoofprints of wild reindeer on the Peuran Polku Trail. You might even spot some of these rare animals. The park's varied wild scenery includes rockstrewn pinewoods, open bogs and lakes full of tasty fish. Use the facilities at Koirasalmi as a base for exploring the wilds.

Isojärvi National Park

The wooded hills and valleys around Lake Isojärvi bear traces left by both two-legged and four-legged loggers. Old cycle paths lead to former lumberjacks' cabins and croft houses. The only loggers working in the park today are beavers. It's hard to spot these shy animals, but you can't miss the impressive results of their labour.

Pallas Yllästunturi National Park

Enjoy Europe's Cleanest Air in the Fells of Finnish Lapland
Trek from hilltop to hilltop through the arctic fells along Finland's first hiking trail. Here you can enjoy hiking or skiing through the wilds, but still find welcoming lodgings for comfortable overnight stays in historic Lappish villages. This part of Lapland has the freshest air in Europe. On dark nights look out for the amazing Northern Lights. Three Visitor Centres assist in the planning of the trip and direct the visitors to the best and the most beautiful destinations. The marked trail net offers a large scale to choose.

Utsjoki Nature Information Hut

Utsjoki Nature Information Hut is situated in the centre of municipality of Utsjoki. It provides information on the River Tenojoki, which is known for it's salmon. The river, which runs along the Finnish-Norwegian border invites fishermen and tourists to enjoy the amazing nature of Northern Lapland. The Nature Information Hut offers tips on hiking in Utsjoki region: in Kevo Strict Nature Reserve and in wilderness areas nearby. The nature in the Utsjoki area is truly unique!

Lauhanvuori National Park

Walk up Lauhanvuori Hill and climb the viewing tower to get panoramic views over the forested lowlands, stretching all the way to the Gulf of Bothnia. The hillside forests contain geological traces showing how the scenery has changed since the Ice Age, including extensive boulder fields and banks formed along ancient shorelines. The park's ski-trails are maintained carefully during the winter.

Ruunaa Hiking Area

The wild white waters of Ruunaa's rivers can be enjoyed from a rocking raft by thrill-seekers, or from a shady riverbank by keen anglers. You can paddle your own canoe here, or join a guided rafting or paddling excursion. A great way to round off a day in the wilds is to grill a freshly hooked fish on your campfire.

Winter Day in Linnansaari National Park

During our winter day, you can try several winter activities in the sceneries of Linnansaari National Park and the Kaarnetsaari Island. Choose whether you want to get to Kaarnetsaari Island by skates, skis, snowshoes, kick sledge or sleigh. While on the island, you can also go for a snowshoeing trip or try winter fishing! We will enjoy a fish or game soup by a campfire or inside the main building.

Leivonmäki National Park

Leivonmäki National Park's forests, lakes and marshes can be explored on family-friendly paths, including enticing duckboard trails. Enjoy a picnic in the delightful scenery of the lakeside or up on an esker ridge.

Osprey Safari to Linnansaari National Park

The Osprey Safari takes you to Linnansaari National Park where we will see this beautiful bird and its nests. On the way, we’ll take a break on Kaarnetsaari Island and make some coffee and local snacks by the open fire.

Sompio Strict Nature Reserve

The core of the strict nature reserve is formed by the chain of the Nattastunturit Fells, which have sharp peaks. Lake Sompiojärvi is located on the southern side. The scenery on the northern side is dominated by the fell area of the Urho Kekkonen National Park. Nestling by the Urho Kekkonen National Park, the primary objective of the Sompio Strict Nature Reserve is to preserve forest, fell and mire lands for the future and for scientific research. You can make a rewarding day trip on the marked trails or make it part of a longer hike.

Guidance to Finnish Nature

The tour at the main exhibition will fascinate the visitor with its enthralling visualization of Finnish nature from the archipelago to the windswept fells of Arctic Lapland. During the guidance you will also find out about the ecological building and about the myths of the Finnish forests.

Pyhä-Häkki National Park

Take a stroll through the best preserved old-growth forests in Southern Finland. See 400-year-old pine trees that bear scars of ancient forest fires. These forests give you a sense of timelessness, encouraging you to slow down and savour your surroundings. The residents of the old croft at Poika-Aho surely told their children tales of trolls and elves who lived out in the wild woods.

Welcome to Kellokas!

Kellokas is an information centre for the third-largest national park in Finland and it's surroundings. Visit the free exhibitions, see films about our nature and hear the best tips for nature-based activities and sustainable services in the area. The Kellokas Shop sells maps of nearby areas, books, posters, crafts and other products, like fishing permits. The library lounge (with Wi-fi) and it is a great place to relax with the kids, reload your batteries, and read. For art lovers, Kellokas has an art gallery maintained by the Artists' Association of Lapland. Free entry.