If you come from abroad, national parks are very good destinations to hike in, for they naturally present the very best Finland has to offer. However, if you live in Finland, or stay here for a longer period, you should know that national parks are just a tip of an iceberg. There are hundreds of hiking destinations suitable for weekend hiking, and thousands of great day hiking destinations. Short description of a paddling hike to one of those not so known places, and also thoughts about autumn.
When I first time heard there is an annual Finnish Championships competition on wilderness skills (Erävaelluksen SM-kilpailut), I was not interested. In my opinion hiking was, and still is, a hobby where you can walk leisurely in the woods or fells, without hurry or stress. And competition is quite the opposite to that! However, after all I ended up participating in the competition in 1998. And... well, since then I've participated 18 times. There is something weirdly addicting in this form of competition!
What kind of a month is August for hiking? And how does Hossa National Park suit for paddling? Long story tries to answer these questions.
Right now there's plenty of snow in Northern Finland and I've been writing about skiing much, so it's time to see how the hiking conditions look on the opposite side of the year. Autumn is a magnificent time for hiking! The 12 km loop Pieni Karhunkierros (Little Bear's Trail) in Oulanka National Park is one of the, or maybe the most popular day hiking trail in Finland. Here you'll find three hikes around this trail.
Come to Finland on your holiday! Day hiking is is great activity, but you get even more when you head out for a multi-day hike. Tips for a week long backpacking expedition, on trail or off trails, as you wish.
Are you planning next summer's holiday? Come and hike in Finland! Here's ten tips for a beginner.
On the opposite side of the year from February is August, which is a very good month for hiking in Finland. Let's see some hiking and paddling in two national parks.