Vattukuru is a gorgeous ravine at Syöte National Park

Vattukuru

Vattukuru nature trail is one of many summer hiking trails at Syöte National Park. It is only 2,1 kilometers long trail that takes hikers through an old forest and meadows to a magnificent ravine. Vattukuru ravine was formed by the Ice Age meltwaters, which gouged massive channels into the rocks of the Maaselkä area in Syöte. Vattukuru lean-to shelter at the bottom...

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Iso-Syöte fell with views in all directions

Syöte view

Syöte National Park is located in Pudasjärvi, Posio and Taivalkoski municipalities, in Northern Ostrobothnia and Lapland regions of Finland. Syöte is famous skiing destination because of its two skiing centers at Iso-Syöte and Pikku-Syöte fells, but the national park provides many activities and sights for hikers and nature enthusiasts also in summertime....

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Kajaani castle ruins and tar canal locks

Kajaani castle ruins

One great reason to stop for a walkabout in the town of Kajaani is the area of the river: both the ruins of the Kajaani castle as well as the tar canal locks are located next to it. We were on a roadtrip, driving from South of Finland towards Lapland, and had already stopped in Kuopio to admire the views from the famous Puijo tower. We needed another quick break to...

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Cloudberries are the real gold of Lapland

Cloudberry

Cloudberry (rubus chamaemorus) is a native herb in Finland, growing in bogs, meadows and marshes. The berries are famous delicacy in Finland, known as hilla, lakka and suomuurain in Finnish. A beloved child has many names! I haven't always been a fan of cloudberries, especially when I was younger and couldn't stand mosquitos eating me alive at bogs. Cloudberries also have stones, similar to...

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Rumavaara and devil’s field in Pudasjärvi

Rumavaara devils field in Pudasjärvi

Rumavaara is a hill that overlooks Korentojärvi lake in Pudasjärvi municipality in the province of Oulu. Pudasjärvi is famous for its nature, and it is home to Syöte, the southernmost fell area in Finland. In order to reach Rumavaara, you have to cross the devil's field first!

Rumavaara literally means ugly hill,...

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National parks in Finland

Pallas in winter

National parks in Finland are attracting millions of visitors every year. There are 40 national parks in Finland, all of them distinct from one another. Which are the most visited national parks in Finland? What are their special characteristics? When was the oldest national park established? Which is the biggest? Read more to find out which national park you should...

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Hepoköngäs – largest free waterfalls of Finland in Puolanka

Hepoköngäs waterfall

We were on a roadtrip from Jyväskylä all the way to Enontekiö in north western Lapland, and we wanted to visit Hepoköngäs along the way. We knew the largest free-falling waterfalls in Finland were somewhere in the Kainuu region just above the midriff of Finland so we took out an old-fashioned map and checked out that it was located in Puolanka, about 100km above the town of Kajaani. Yes,...

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Mushroom picking in Finland is fun

Mushroom basket

Mushroom picking in Finland is a popular hobby and even an income for some. It is allowed by everyman's rights, and Finland really is mushroom picker's paradise. There are thousands of types of mushroom and few hundred of those are edible. Most of the edible mushrooms are collected from end of August to October. Mushrooms mainly grow in forests, but they can also be found in parks, fields and...

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