VisitFinland.com

Welcome to

The Official
Travel Guide of Finland

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.

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.

Kevo Strict Nature Reserve

At Kevo Strict Nature Reserve, you can experience Lapland's landscape at its most wondrous. The Nature Reserve has been established to protect the Kevo Canyon and the sensitive fell landscape that surrounds it. The canyon-like valley of River Kevojoki is 40 km long and at places 80 metres deep. The rest of the Nature Reserve is fell highland marked with gentle ravines. You can also find large tundra-like open mires. There are two marked hiking trails which help you explore the area. Come and see this spectacular area for yourself!

Ridges and Mires at Hämeenkangas

The vast Hämeenkangas ridge area and its surrounding mires offer a vast collection of natural features and species. The landscape is dominated by ridges covered in pines and heathland forests filled with lichen. The terrain is dotted with raised bogs and springs at lower altitudes. High ridge backs, slopes and level heathland forests offer excellent and versatile hiking terrain for those who enjoy a bit of exercise. The area's trails occasionally climb to spots with magnificent views of Lake Jämijärvi and the surrounding forests.

Helvetinjärvi National Park

The park's landscape is dominated by geological features created millions of years ago by mighty movements deep in the Earth's crust. After admiring the rugged cliffs around Helvetinjärvi (Hell's Lake) and Helvetinkolu (Hell's Hole) you can relax on the sandy lakeshore at Haukanhieta.

Wooden Boat Safari to Linnansaari National Park

Enjoy a charming cruise on wooden boats to Linnansaari National Park and Kaarnetsaari Island. The island has a beautiful wooden chapel and a 1.2 km nature path. You also have a chance to watch a film about the endangered Saimaa Ringed Seal. Later we'll cook some pancakes and sausages by the open fire.

Liesjärvi National Park

Spend a day at the Korteniemi Heritage Farm to find out how people used to live in rural Finland. Help out with farm chores, count sheep, and make hay while the sun shines! You can also head off along the old crofters' paths to explore the surrounding scenic forests and lakes.

Petkeljärvi National Park

Pine-clad esker ridges formed during the Ice Age rise over pristine blue lakes in this beautiful part of Finland's eastern borderlands, well worth a day trip or a longer stay. Don't miss the lively and picturesque old Karelian village of Möhkö near the park. The area's colourful history during World War II is also of interest.

Syöte National Park

The wild wooded hills of Syöte provide an ideal setting for many activities. Ski-trek through the magical snow-covered winter forests, or pedal up and down along the park's fine mountain biking routes. The log cabin sauna at Ahmatupa in the heart of the park is a great place to soothe your body and soul. Go on an active holiday over the wooded hills and enjoy outdoor life!

Helsinki StopOver – Explore Finnish Nature, Lakes and Forests

This tour is an excellent way to get to know Finnish nature and outdoor life especially if your time in Helsinki is limited. The tour takes you to a nature walk in the forest by a beautiful lake, only 20 minutes drive from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. During the tour the guide will tell you about Finnish nature nature and history. In the summertime you also have a possibility to swim in a lake and in the winter you can try snowshoeing or walking on an ice-lake. The tour includes a Finnish snack served with coffee/tea as well as transportation from the airport.

Mountain Biking Action at Iso-Syöte

Iso-Syöte and surrounding area is a great starting point to go out and explore nature by biking. The Iso-Syöte hill, on top of which the hotel is located, gives you magnificent views to all directions. The national park which surrounds the hotel, offers 3 well-marked mountain bike routes to explore through various terrain and from different length and difficulty. New Felt-mountainbikes are available for you to go out and explore these trails. Comfortable accommodation, tasty food, a pool, sauna's and jacuzzi's are waiting for you to relax in and enjoy. During the winter we have Fatbikes.

Fishing on River Juutuanjoki

River Juutuajoki flows through Inari and into Lake Inarijärvi after covering the 12 kilometers that separate it from Lake Solojärvi. In addition to the stunning surroundings, River Juutuajoki is also one of the country's most valued fly fishing destinations. Its reputation is due to the brown trout that migrates upstream from Lake Inarijärvi. It is also an excellent grayling river, where you can find very large sail-fins in the many rapids and strong currents.

Wilderness Canoeing Adventure in Nuuksio National Park

This relaxed wilderness canoeing trip takes you to scenic wilderness lakes and peaceful forests in Nuuksio National Park. Before we start our canoeing trip, our experienced guide explains everything about canoeing safety and technique, so the trip is suitable for beginners also. Around midway of our paddling route, we’ll have a coffee and snack break by the lake. You can also dip into a forest lake if you wish.

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.

Self-Driving: National Park Tour Lakes – 9 Days

National Park Tour Lakes takes you to the national landscapes of Finland. You will visit the national parks of Repovesi, Linnansaari and Koli as well as the Punkaharju Ridge. A 2-day visit to Helsinki is included. Each destination includes a guided hiking or paddling tour of your choice. You will learn a lot about our nature, history and culture and will be able to enjoy our lakes also by swimming in natural waters. All arrangements are made for you, and a rental car can also be arranged.

See and Feel the National Park in a Gigantic Canoe (3h)

Guided trip in a gigantic canoe and hiking at Repovesi National Park (3 hours) During the trip, we will cross a suspension bridge, visit the highest viewpoint and a theater shaped by nature during the Ice Age. Highlights of the Tour: - Exciting suspension bridge - Gigantic canoes, unique in Finland - Rock paintings and natural theater - Campfire picnic in the nature

Oulanka National Park

At Oulanka National Park, you can observe the power of water. Hanging bridges will take you to the most impressive waterfalls in Finland. Leaping wild brown trouts, diving European dippers, the unlimited beauty of the aapa mires, and the lovely calypso will challenge even the most experienced nature photographer. Oulanka offers a wide variety of trails from 0,3 km to 82 km, ranging from those suitable for children to demanding rock walls for climbers and observation points for nature lovers. The Oulankajoki River canoe route is suitable for both beginners and experienced canoeists.

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.

Koli National Park

When you take in the marvellous view over Lake Pielinen from the top of Ukko-Koli hill, it's easy to see why this spot has attracted so many Finnish artists, photographers and nature-lovers over the centuries. The splendid scenery always instills a sense of serenity and wonder in visitors. Koli's hills and lakes provide fine settings for enjoyable outings and activities at any time of year.