Urho Kekkonen National Park
The Urho Kekkonen National Park is the second largest national park in the country. The northern part consists of highland fells and wilderness, with several fells exceeding 500 metres in height. The park area boasts Finland’s densest network of day cabins and wilderness huts, which are great for hiking. The most renowned attractions of the national park are Lake Luirojärvi, Paratiisikuru Gorge and Sokosti Fell.
Lemmenjoki National Park
Lemmenjoki was founded in 1956. It is the largest national park in Finland, as well as one of the largest roadless and uninhabited forest wildernesses in Europe. Stretching over 70 kilometres, the River Lemmenjoki flows through the national park. As such, a riverboat trip through a valley wilderness is a very worthwhile experience. Signposted trails, wilderness refuges, rental cabins and designated campfire sites greatly facilitate hiking in the Lemmenjoki valley and the goldfields.
Kevo Strict Nature Reserve
The Kevo Nature Reserve with its magnificent canyon is among the most rugged hiking attractions in Finland. There are two marked, rather demanding hiking trails of 63km and 86km and a two-kilometre long nature trail at Sulaoja. The unique area is a prime habitat for rare birds, which is why access is restricted to signposted trails. The heart of the nature reserve consists of a canyon spanning 40km in length and in places 80m in depth, at the bottom of which flows the Kevojoki River. The rest of the nature reserve is fell highland crossed by gentle slopes of ravines. There are also large tundra-like open mires.
Added to these, there are Inari hiking area and wilderness areas of Hammastunturi, Kaldoaivi, Paistunturi, Muotkatunturi, Tsarmitunturi and Vätsäri. Also the geological sites in Inari-Saariselkä area have been identified and mapped.