Five days hiking in Lapland

Lapland is Europe’s last wilderness. Its barren, beautiful natural landscape has an irresistible charm, and the changing seasons are more strongly and more clearly evident on the northern side of the Arctic Circle than anywhere else.

There is a huge contrast between winter and summer, and this is why even Finns consider a trip to Lapland to be the only way to see the true face of their country. Countless visitors repeatedly return to the north simply because they have lost their hearts to this region and that is exactly what happened to me.

Our all-male group spent an unforgettable five days hiking in Urho Kekkonen National Park, considered to be one of Lapland’s most pleasant and most varied destinations for walking holidays. It is Finland’s second largest national park, covering 2,550 square kilometres, and encompasses a wide range of varied landscapes, from mighty fells and vast bogs to forested areas. There is a large selection of marked trails that make it easy for inexperienced hikers to explore the huge park, while the wilderness areas are perfect for longer and more demanding hikes.



In Lapland, swapping the hustle and bustle of ski resorts and cities to the peace and quiet of the wilderness takes mere minutes.