The green forests and the blue lakes became synonymous with the Finnish national landscape during the golden era of Finnish art. Painters such as Akseli Gallen-Kallela and Eero Järnefelt and photographers like I. K. Inha travelled, with great effort, throughout the country and etched those landscapes into the national consciousness.
Today the beauty of Lakeland is easily accessible to visitors. Any one of the numerous National parks in the region is a perfect starting point for a great outdoors experience. The parks offer untouched forests, clean lakes combined with modern services. Educate yourself at the information center, then head out for a walk or rent a canoe for a trip on the lakes. Stay over-night in a tent or in a cottage for an experience less urban.