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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.

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!

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.

Fell Lapland Visitor Centre

The Fell Lapland Visitor Centre offers six permanent exhibitions free of charge. The Vuovjjuš – Wanderers exhibition focuses on nomadic Sámi culture and nature. Travellers of the North is a description of the researchers and other travellers drawn to the Arctic fell nature. 8 Seasons is a story of the special atmosphere in local nature. The children's exhibition focuses on nature trips and life on the fells. The library is dedicated to a veterinarian-author who saved the whooper swan from extinction. Lauri Pappila's Birds is an amazing collection of wooden birds by the local sculptor.

Inari Hiking Area

These are the heartlands of the Sámi people, and you can find plenty to see and do. Lake Inari has thousands of lovely islands, including the sacred Ukonsaari. Wooded hills and treeless arctic fells rise around the lake, which is fed by untamed rivers. After a visit to the fascinating Sámi Museum and Northern Lapland Nature Centre Siida, you can walk or ski through the forest to the picturesque old Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church.

Urho Kekkonen National Park

The broad fell areas and thick forests at the Urho Kekkonen National Park allow you to experience our Northern nature in all its glory. The park provides a variety of opportunities for day trips as well as an excellent setting for traditional wilderness hiking. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of fell huts, surrounded by wilderness as far as the eye can see.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Seaching for Reindeer in the National Park on Fridays

Our challenge is to find reindeer and see how they live their life in the Pallas-Ylläs National Park. Reindeer tend to favour a specific area of the Pallas fells. That's where we are headed. You also have a chance to taste traditional dried reindeer meat with some local bread. We will visit the Vatikuru valley, well-known for its countless birds and peaceful atmosphere. The trip is overseen by a certified Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park Guide on Fridays.

Fishing in the Inari Hiking Area

The Inari Hiking Area is easy to access, which makes it suitable for families and beginner anglers. The Lake Myössäjärvi area between Ivalo and Inari has old-growth forest and many fishing lakes (Myössäjärvi, Mukkajärvi, Harrijärvi and Lentokonelampi), which are near Highway 4. Lake Tuulisjärvi is also an excellent destination for fishing and hiking for the whole family. The lake is rich in many sizes of Arctic char.

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.

Päijänne National Park

The pristine waters of Lake Päijänne wash the sandy shores of a chain of islands formed by an esker ridge that dates back to the Ice Age. Take a boat trip or rent a kayak and explore the park's many islands and their sandy coves and rocky shores. The nature trail at Pulkkilanharju ridge, accessible by road, also offers fine lakeland views. You can also spot ospreys soaring over the lake.

Fox Trail in Repovesi National Park (3 h)

Guided Hiking in Repovesi National Park Hike the park's most popular path, the Fox Trail. During the tour, your guide tells you about Finnish nature. You also learn Finnish cooking by preparing a picnic. The tour gives you an insight into Finnish nature. Highlights: Suspension bridge Campfire picnic Ferry The hike is easy and covers about 5 km.

Welcome to the Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre

Kilpisjärvi is the northernmost village in Western Lapland. It is the last Finnish village before reaching Norway on the Aurora Borealis Scenic Road. It is located at the foot of the Saana Fell in the middle of the Arctic high-fell area. The Centre's permanent exhibition ”At the Edge of Scandinavia” introduces the Malla and Saana Nature Reserves, Käsivarsi Wilderness Area, and the history of human residence in Kilpisjärvi. The Visitor Centre is provided for visitors, tourists, fishers, and hikers on the Nordkalottleden Trail. Maps, posters, and fishing permits for sale. Free entry.

Torronsuo National Park

Walk safely over Finland's deepest bog along sturdy duckboard trails. A high birdwatching tower offers fine views over the vast open swampland, which is visited by many migrating cranes and geese in the spring and autumn. In the winter, cross-country skiers visit to explore the wide open white wintry scene.