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    Lakeland Photo: Asko Kuittinen, Visit Finland
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    Saimaa Photo: Mikko Nikkinen, Visit Finland
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    Northern Lights Photo: Thomas Kast, Visit Finland
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  • Relaxing in Nuuksio National Park Photo: Victor Engström, Visit Finland
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  • Camping in Repovesi National Park Photo: Eeva Mäkinen, Visit Finland
  • Enjoying nature Photo: Eeva Mäkinen, Visit Finland
  • Relaxation in the nature Photo: Eeva Mäkinen, Visit Finland
  • Smoke Sauna in Varkaus Photo: Vastavalo / Saara Kostama, Visit Finland
  • In the Rhododendron Park in Helsinki Photo: Julia Kivelä, Visit Finland
  • Reindeer in Lapland Photo: Julia Kivelä, Visit Finland
  • When smoking the freshly caught fish Photo: Elina Manninen / Keksit, Visit Finland
  • Prepare fine meals together from fresh ingredients Photo: Elina Manninen / Keksit, Visit Finland
  • Brown bears in Finland Photo: George Turner, Visit Finland
  • Fall in Oulanka National Park Photo: Julia Kivelä, Visit Finland
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  • Camping on the Åland Islands Photo: Thorsten Brönner, Visit Finland
  • Peace on the lake in the Hossa hiking region Photo: George Turner, Visit Finland
  • Fireplace in the Hossa hiking region Photo: George Turner, Visit Finland

Finland

"Suomi", as the Finns themselves call their country, lives up to its reputation as the land of a thousand lakes and forests. No matter if you are in the capital Helsinki in the south of Finland or in Utsjoki, the country's northernmost municipality – nature is never far away. Due to its location on the edge of Europe, between Sweden and Russia, Finland creates a geographical, scenic and cultural link between East and West in an area of around 338,000 square kilometers.
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Attractions in Finland


Outdoor activities in Finland

In summer as well as in winter, Finland's vast and varied landscapes offer numerous opportunities for outdoor sports enthusiasts and nature lovers. As one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe, Finland is also a destination for all those who are looking for peace and quiet in nature. Here you can relax from a hectic everyday life, spend time in the forest and rediscover the pleasant slowness, following the motto "Slow Finland".

Numerous hiking trails lead you through Finland's varied landscape. Walk through quiet forests, along the rugged coast and the proverbial thousand lakes of the country!

Cycling tours in Finland are also exciting and varied. Whether by conventional bicycle, e-bike or mountain bike – the landscapes between the south coast and Lapland attract every bike lover.

Hiking in Finland

Endless forests, countless lakes, the typical Nordic fell landscapes, and the diversity of the nature invite you to explore Finland in hiking boots. In this relatively sparsely populated country, you can enjoy the world’s cleanest air and the peace of the forests.

Cycling in Finland

Finland – land of lakes and islands, land of endless space – is ideal for cyclists. The sparsely populated country in the far north is relatively flat and is covered with numerous beautiful and varied cycling routes of all levels of difficulty.

Mountain bike rides in Finland

Finland, with its untouched nature and wilderness, is predestined for mountain bike experiences. Enjoy the open fell landscape in Lapland, cycle in the peaceful forest trails or on the duckboards in the moorland areas – Finland offers varied routes and unique surroundings for beginners as well as ...

Water Sports in Finland

Finland – the land of a thousand lakes and islands – is ideal for water sports. Feel the beautiful lakes, flowing rivers or charming archipelago while gliding through the impressive nature.

Winter Sports in Finland

Between snow-covered fir forests, over frozen archipelagos and under bright northern lights, winter has Finland firmly in its grip. But the Finns are true professionals and know winter sports very well. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and dog sledging are traditional ways to discover the country.

The four major Finnish Regions

Finland's economic, cultural and political center is the capital Helsinki near the south coast. Big city in the middle of greenery, home of Finnish design, meeting point for culinary friends and only a short walk away from the typical Finnish nature.

On and off the southwest coast, inhabited and uninhabited islands form together with rocks and cliffs an impressive landscape – the largest archipelago in the world. On foot or by bike, over bridges and by ferry you can go from island to island.

In south-east Finland, glaciers once formed the hilly landscape. The Finnish Lake District stretches here, on which, in addition to the country's largest lake, the Saimaa, countless smaller lakes lie and which have earned Finland its nickname "Land of a Thousand Lakes".

Lapland in the north of the country is characterized by treeless plateaus, the so-called fells, as well as by dense coniferous forests and mire landscapes. The polar climate makes you feel the proximity to the North Pole. Led by the 1328 m high Halti, the highest mountains of the country are located here.

Finnish National Parks

Finland has 40 national parks scattered throughout the country, reflecting the diversity of the landscape. Thus, national parks include the Archipelago Sea, marshy areas, fells, lakes, rapids, gorges and eskers. Finland's national parks protect the diversity of nature while at the same time offering people the opportunity to hike, climb or relax.

The Koli National Park covers parts of the Finnish Lake District, the largest lake district in Europe. In addition to the large blue ponds with particularly good water quality, you will discover waterfalls, sandy beaches and stone caves. Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park is located in Lapland and impresses with the typical mountain landscape of the northwest of Finnish Lapland. The Oulanka National Park, which also extends into Lapland, is crossed by the famous Bear Circle, for example. In the Repovesi National Park you can explore a varied nature only a few hours away from Helsinki.

Finland's National Parks are significant areas that protect Finland's unique landscape and biodiversity. The parks offer ...

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Slow Finland

The strength is to be found in serenity: In the vastness of the Finnish nature it is easy to recover from the hectic everyday life. Here your mind calms down, your rhythm slows down. It has been proven that spending time in the forest lowers blood pressure and lifts the mood.

In the calming and varied nature between the south coast and Utsjoki you will experience the "Slow Finland". This includes carefully prepared food and of course relaxation and detoxification in the sauna.

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