Finland, Finland Beautiful Landscapes to Hike, Bike and Explore Mini Guide by Ebba Hermansson

Put Finland on your travel radar with these awe-inspiring natural wonders which are great places to hike, bike, or simply wander.

 
Koli National Park lies in North Karelia, Eastern Finland, on the western shore of Lake Pielinen and covers 3000 hectares. It consists of forested hills and rocks which make perfect, picturesque lookouts to see sandy islands (eskers). Hike, bike and explore to your heart's content.

Koli National Park

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This beautiful vast protected area is ideal for hiking or cross-country skiing but not visitors have to be able to take care of themselves, at least in the winter, as the area is remote and wilderness-like.

Riisitunturi National Park

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Founded in 1956 and has since been expanded twice. Its total area is 2850km2, making it the biggest national park of Finland and one of the largest in Europe. There are areas for campfires, marked hiking and biking trails, rental and open wilderness huts and one can even take a boat trip thorough the valley of Lemmenjoki River.

Lemmenjoki National Park

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Hepoköngäs is the largest waterfall in Finland located about 16 km from the village Puolanka and part of the Hepoköngäs Nature Reserve. The water falls from a height of 24 meters and is surrounded by lush forests. To get to the waterfall you can use wooden walkways, which is suitable also for cyclists or families with prams. More adventurous travelers can hike through the surrounding park.

Hepoköngäs

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It was established in 2005 when Finland's oldest national park, Pyhätunturi National Park (established in 1938) was joined to Luosto making this the oldest and newest national park at the same time. The park's base is formed by Finland's southernmost, 12-peak tunturi line - remnants of Alp-like mountains 2 billion years old with 200-year-old+ pine tree forests that grow on the hills. The highest tunturis are Noitatunturi, 540 m (1,772 ft), and Ukko-Luosto, 514 m (1,686 ft).

Pyhä-Luosto National Park

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source: Triposo

 
Oulanka National Park is a national park in the Northern Ostrobothnia and Lapland regions of Finland, covering 270km2. The park was established in 1956 and was expanded in 1982 and 1989. It borders the Paanajärvi National Park in Russia. The first inhabitants in the area were Sami people from Lapland who lived here until the end of the 17th century, which was when they had to give way to Finnish settlers. Although hunting, fishing and later farming was the primary occupation of the people who lived there, today the most notable activity in Oulanka is tourism. From the 1930s, the Finnish Tourist Association kept boats on the river and renovated the wooden cabins found across the park for accommodation purposes. These cabins can be used free of charge by any hikers in the area, given that they follow some basic guidelines and rules regarding the state of the cabins, the wood supply, and protecting the surrounding nature.

Oulanka National Park

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Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park is the third-largest national park in Finland, located in the Lapland region. It consists of peat bogs surrounded by forests and remains virtually untouched. Perfect to view the northern lights as well as for cross-country skiing in the winter, but hikers can also climb the 807m high mountain Taivaskero.

Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park

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source: Triposo

 
Hiidenportti National Park is a national park in Sotkamo and was established in 1982 to preserve the region's wilderness. A mosaic mix of mires and dry forests is typical landscape in this national park. The park covers 45km2.

Hiidenportti National Park

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Repovesi National Park is only a few hours north-east of Helsinki. Formerly a site for intensive commercial forestry, the Repovesi area successfully transformed into a pristine national park. Pine and birch trees dominate the park. Repovesi abounds with wildlife including bear, deer and various birds. The River Koukunjoki cuts through the park. Other streams and lakes are also situated within the parks boundaries.

Repovesi National Park

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source: Triposo

 
Halti is the highest mountain in Finland at 1324m above sea level, and thus the highest point in the country. It is only a short distance away from Kilpisjärvi - a small village where the borders of Finland, Sweden and Norway meet.

Halti Mountain

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