Dayhike the Northern National Parks of Finland

Day-hike in three of the most popular national parks in eastern and northern Finland: Hossa, Oulanka and Urho Kekkonen. Many trails of varying difficulty are available in which to sample the untouched wilderness of primordial forests and mires, ridges and crystal-clear lakes in this region. Carry only a daypack, and relax after hiking with a Finnish sauna near accommodations in comfortable log cabins and hotels.

Finland is a truly wild place with stark natural beauty. The landscape, once covered by thick glaciers during the Ice Age,  is relatively flat, with few mountains, but its low lying hills, marshes, boreal forests and many lakes are what make this landscape so enticing.

Finland’s network of national parks show off the country’s natural scenery at its finest, offering landscapes reminiscent of Lord of the Rings for all to enjoy. Hiking here is a national pastime of the people in Finland – or Suomi, as the country is called in its native language.  The parks have numerous well-laid-out hiking routes, which vary in their level of difficulty, length and purpose. There are routes for both summer and winter activities, some being short and easy, and some which are quite long or demanding.  There is a mixture of cabins, wilderness huts or hotels for overnighting, many of which have nearby saunas. Saunas are included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists as an integral part of the way of life in Finland and a wonderful, relaxing way to end a long hiking day.

Hikers in the summer can experience the magical phenomena of the Midnight Sun, where the sun does not set at all, and will have ample time to sample the fine Finnish cuisine, built around fresh, natural ingredients gathered straight from the waters, fields and forests

  • Difficulty: Easy, Moderate, Strenuous, Very Strenuous
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 14
  • Maximum Party Size: 14
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 14
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