Finland has more than 40 national parks, and they’re scattered throughout the country’s islands, lakes, forests, peat lands and fells. There’s even one just 45 minutes from Helsinki’s city centre and airport. Each park showcases the local area’s environment, and many have landscapes that include rapids, rift valleys and eskers. These parks also offer a fantastic chance for visitors to try activities like hiking, climbing, canoeing and snowshoeing.
In fact, one major goal of establishing Finland’s national parks was to give people the opportunity to relax and enjoy nature. The Finnish “Everyman’s rights” means people can venture just about anywhere as long as they respect nature and clean up after themselves.
All Finnish national parks have marked hiking routes, nature trails, information boards and picnic sites, many of them with a campfire site. In most parks, there are tent sites, rentable cabins and unlocked huts that anyone can enjoy. Nature tourism entrepreneurs also provide additional services, such as guided tours and accommodations close to the parks.