Finland’s two largest national parks are located in the Inari-Saariselkä resort: The Lemmenjoki National Park and Urho Kekkonen National Park.
Added to these, there is the Kevo Nature Reserve in Utsjoki and the Sompio Nature Reserve in Vuotso.
The Urho Kekkonen National Park was founded in 1983. It 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 refuges, which are great for hiking. The most renowned attractions of the national park are Lake Luirojärvi and Sokosti Fell.
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.
The Sompio Nature Reserve was named after the historical Sámi village of Sompio. The nature reserve is located to the south of the Raututunturi fell near the Lokka reservoir. Reindeer herding forms a significant part of the local economy and is a prominent feature of the nature reserve’s landscape. The Sompio Nature Reserve offers trekkers a wealth of unique nature experiences. The tallest peaks of the nature reserve are Terävä-Nattanen culminating at 544 metres and Pyhä-Nattanen at 508 metres in height. At the Sompio Nature Reserve, visitors can enjoy a lovely day trip to the peak of Pyhä-Nattanen or embark on a longer trek.
In Kevo Strict Nature Reserve is in Utsjoki. There you can experience the Lapland landscape at its most wondrous. There are two marked trails, along which hikers may explore the area. Both trails are quite demanding.The 40-km-long and at some places almost 80-metres-deep canyon-like valley of the River Kevojoki forms the core of the area. The rest of the nature reserve is fell highland crossed by gentle slopes of ravines. There are also large tundra-like open mires.
Visit the different geological sites in Inari-Saariselkä resort.