Finland is one of the most northern and geographically remote countries in the world and the most densely forested country in Europe. This Nordic country has a harsh climate which is part of its allure offering a wealth of activities and past times. In summer, experience the midnight sun, lake cruises and music festivals as locals lap up every ray of sunshine outdoors. In the winter months, enjoy skiing, stay in an ice hotel, go on an ice fishing safari, and see the incredible aurora borealis. You’re also spoilt for choice with over 40 national parks to visit.
Urho Kekkonen National Park is the second oldest national park in Finland, known as the home of Father Christmas. This exquisite park is bisected by the Suomujoki river and is laced with gorges and old pine forests. Here visitors can spot the famous golden eagle, as well as reindeer, moose, hares and foxes. Lucky visitors might also catch a glimpse of a bear, wolverine, wolf or lynx. It's the perfect destination for hiking, trekking or skiing with snow-capped landscapes and the magnificent aurora borealis during the winter months and the eerie but beautiful midnight sun, a sight not to be missed, in the summer.
A classically Finnish park, Nuuksio National Park lies just 45 minutes outside of Helsinki, and is perfect for a day trip. This scenic area boasts lush green forests, sprawling lakes and rugged crags. During winter the park is covered in thick snow attracting skiers and hikers. In summer the area is ideal for bathing, swimming and picnicking, as well as camping safaris. When visiting this park, be sure to keep an eye out for the endangered Siberian flying squirrel and the wood lark.
The Archipelago Sea, off southwestern Finland, has more islands than any other archipelago in the world with over 2000 islands, rich in culture and biodiversity. Visitors to the Archipelago National Park can live like a local in a modest country cottage, or stay in a hotel, depending on their preference. A major draw to the area is the abundance of watersports, including canoeing, sailing and even skiing on the frozen sea. In this region visitors can spot the white-tailed eagle, Baltic ringed seal, and the grey seal, as well as over 130 bird species.
In Eastern Finland, close to the Russian border, the region of Kuhmo with its ancient taiga forest is home to brown bears and other wildlife such as lynx, wolverine, wolves and owls. During the summer months, the stunning nature and lakes are the backdrop for a range of outdoor activities such as kaykaing, swimming, fishing, boating and walking.