Nature in Finland

Nature in Finland consists of forests, lakes, sea, tundra, and bogs. Finland is the number one destination for a nature lover since it has the cleanest nature in the world and four amazing seasons that provide various conditions for different nature activities. Finnish nature is very versatile and there are endless amounts of interesting nature destinations to experience.

5 destinations to choose from

In our site we have divided Finland into five main destinations: Lapland, the Oulu region and Kainuu, Eastern Finland, Western Finland, and Southern Finland.

Lapland

Lapland, the northernmost region of Finland, is famous of being the winter wonderland. Winter activities in the snow and breathtaking northern lights are fun during dark winter months. In summer Lapland and its vast wilderness provide excellent hiking and trekking opportunities. Autumn colors are especially beautiful in Lapland.

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The Oulu region and Kainuu

The Oulu region and Kainuu host many nature sights and four beautiful Finnish national parks: Hossa, Hiidenportti, Tiilikkajärvi, and Rokua National Park. Oulu region, synonymous to Northern Ostrobothnia, extends across Finland from the Gulf of Bothnia coast to the Russian border.

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Western Finland

Western Finland consists of long coast by the sea with beautiful archipelago as well as inland towns, where nature plays a big part in the Finnish lifestyle. The area has also an eventful history ever since it got settled after the last ice age that ended in the 9000BC.

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Eastern Finland

Eastern Finland is especially known for its lakes and the area is often referred as Finnish Lakeland. On top of beautiful lakes the Eastern Finland is full of wonderful landscapes and national parks. History lover will find many interesting sights in this region as well.

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Southern Finland

Southern Finland includes the following regions: Uusimaa, Kanta-Häme, Päijät-Häme, South Karelia, and Kymenlaakso region. Finland’s capital Helsinki is located in the Uusimaa region, which also has amazing nature destinations to visit. There are many national parks and recreation areas in the Southern Finland.

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What to see out in the nature in Finland?

In our site we have divided our stories into different subcategories that help you to find interesting sights within the country.

Curiosities

Curiosities mean nature sights that have interesting history or they are otherwise peculiar places to visit. From rock churches to saivo lakes and from giant’s kettles to ancient burial sites, curiosities are fun and educative sights that arouse your interest for sure. Sometimes they might be complete mysteries.

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National parks

There are 40 national parks in Finland. The Finnish national parks are protected areas where visitors are welcome. They are run by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland, which gets funding mainly from the national budget. The oldest national parks were established back in 1938, and the newest is currently from the year 2017.

Go to See > National parks

Outdoors but indoors

Outdoors but indoors refers to nature centres and nature-related exhibitions and museums that are usually indoors. Don’t let the rainy days bother you, go visit outboors but indoors!

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Recreation areas

The recreation area associations aim to maintain and develop recreation areas within their area. The recreation areas can be found in the following regions:

  • Uusimaa recreation area association has a network of 40 recreation areas in the capital region and its surroundings
  • Häme recreation area association maintains 18 areas in the Häme
  • Pirkanmaa association has 8 recreation areas within 14 municipalities in its region
  • Kymenlaakso lists 13 destinations that they maintain
  • Päijänne has 14 recreation destinations within the lake Päijänne area
  • Saimaa association has 4 areas in Puumala, Ristiina, Savonlinna and Mikkeli
  • South Karelian foundation for recreation areas has 13 recreation areas to maintain

Go to See > Recreation areas

Viewpoints

Viewpoints compiles together all of those nature destinations where you will have lovely views over Finnish landscapes. Whether they are birdwatching towers, observation towers, or high grounds in general, these are the place to visit when you want to see far and beyond.

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Wilderness areas

There are 12 wilderness areas in Finland. They are located in remote wilderness in Lapland and they are suitable for trekking for the experienced hikers.

Go to See > Wilderness areas

Welcome to experience the nature in Finland together with us!

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