Hiking is an essential part of many people’s routines, but it’s not always easy to find the best places to hike in Finland. If you are out and about in Finland, looking to know what more Finland has to offer you other than its sandy beaches and excellent saunas, then we should let you know that hiking is one of the ideal activities to do while in Finland. Finland is the right country for you if hiking is a hobby of yours or if you want to make hiking your hobby. It is a country of endless natural beauty from hills, mountains, and over 40 national parks where you can get some adventurous hiking done. The most famous national parks that are best for tourists are Nuuksio and Oulanka.
In this blog, we will discuss some of the best places to hike in Finland. So, pack your hiking gear and be ready to know about some of the best hiking places that Finland offers its residents and visitors, situated all over this beautiful country. Visiting all these locations include UNESCO world heritage sites which offer you breath-taking views while enjoying your hike, such as the Oulanka National Park.
Nuuksio National Park
Nuuksio National Park is a park situated away from the hustle and bustle of Helsinki. Nuuskio provides visitors with several stunning lakes, marked hiking trails, fireplaces, and lush green forests; what more can one ask for? Enjoy an hour of hiking and exploring the wilderness and stunning scenery of the Punarinnankierros Trail, a 2 km Circle Trail situated in the national park.
Nuuksio National Park is one of the best places to hike in Finland. Ideal for camping, as it presents visitors with marked camping spots, where you can spend a pleasant night out in the stars. Maybe you’re feeling a bit peckish while hiking, or you did not bring enough snacks for your picnic? No worries, café silva, situated in the national park, offers some delicious snacks and foods to keep your tummy full and happy.
How Long are the Hike Trails in Nuuksio National Park?
Nuuksio National park offers its visitors a range of hiking trails, all different lengths enabling you to choose how long you want to hike. Below is a list of some of the hiking trails within the park and their distances:
- The Haukkalampi-Haltia Connecting hiking trail is approximately 4km long, making it a long day of hiking but perfect for those who want to take in every scenic view they can in the park. This trail is quite challenging for some as it is high above and the height difference levels change here and there, but it is an ideal trail to hike for those who enjoy a challenge. Although perfect for summers, this trail is not idyllic for winters as it is not maintained well, making it unsafe to hike through during winters.
- The Takala Trail is a 1 to 5km trail, making it easier for you to direct yourself while hiking on the trail. Although this trail is maybe mesmerising with a stream running through it, it is not as well maintained in winter as other trails across the park.
Camping Across the Hiking Trails
Across the different hiking trails in the national park, there are no stores to purchase foods from; however, there are campfire places where you can camp for the night and cook your food and fireplaces, which help you make yourself food. It is ideal if you bring along your snacks and food when visiting the national park as there are limited to no stores or restaurants to purchase food.
Oulanka National Park
Oulanka National Park is located in northern Finland and is deemed as one of the most mesmerising and magical looking national parks in Europe. What makes this park different from other national parks across Finland? Simply because of its several trail options, hanging bridges, and stunning waterfalls.
The park has a range of wild plants and animals that you would love to explore. Other than wild plants, Oulanka National Park offers trails for skilled hikers to ones just about to become passionate about hiking, a safe route to hike, all while discovering this almost Siberian-like natural beauty.
What Does Oulanka National Park Have for its Visitors?
This park provides hikers with the Oulanka Wilderness Trail, which is 26 km making it a 1 to 2 days hike for the hikers. There are open wilderness huts for you tired hikers to take a break, breathe in the clear air and take in the striking scenery the park provides. Not only do you get to hike across lush green aapa mires, but you also get to trek across the remarkable nine hanging bridges which cross two rivers, namely, Rivers Oulankajoki and Kitkajoki. Besides stunning bridges, the national park also offers various landscapes for those who enjoy capturing stunning nature shots while on their hike.
How Long are the Hike Trails in Oulanka National Park?
Oulanka national park is made up of vast acres of land, river, island, and just greenery overall, which means several hike trails are made available. There are a couple of hiking trails across Oulanka national park, some of which may be suitable to hike throughout the whole year, or some ideal for only winters and some only better to walk during the winters. No matter what kind of hike you are looking for, short or long, Oulanka national park gives you endless choices to choose from.
Food Necessities Across the Hiking Trails:
As you know, with the many different hiking trails that have various lengths, there are going to be some of you who would love to camp the night until the next day of hiking. There are approximately 50 campfire sites across Oulanka National Park, located along the Karhunkierros Hiking Trail. These camping sites provide visitors with Firewood, axe, and saw on site, thus making it easier for you to keep warm during your camping adventure. About cooking, Oulanka National Park provides six open huts that come with cooking spots and gas cookers, making it easier for you to cook something while camping or hiking in the park. There is no shortage of stores or kiosks where hungry hikers can grab a snack; there are several kiosks, stores, and restaurants around the park and surrounding areas. The national park also offers its visitors rental cottages, some of which you can access all year round.
Other Best Places to Hike in Finland
- Hautajärvi starting point (in the northern part of the park) This part of the park offers two hiking trails for hikers. One trail is the Napapiirin Nopia, an accessible Trail, which is 1km long, making it perfect for a relaxed and enjoyable weekend. The second trail is the Karhunkierros Trail, which is 82km, making it a somewhat longer hike and a hike that could take a few days! However, these thinking trails are accessible and safe to use throughout the whole year, so you do not need to worry about when the perfect time is to take a hike.
- The Keroharjun Kuiskaus Trail is 17km which would take up more than a day. However, this trail may be stunning during the winters, as there is no maintenance to this part of the national park, it is not safe to use.
- The Kanjonin Kurkkaus Trail is a 6km hiking trail that is relatively moderate and can be completed within a day. However, this trail is also not maintained during the winter.
- The Rytikönkään reissue Trail is a 5km trail that is maintained and accessible throughout the year, making it perfect for those looking for a weekend hike on summer or winter’s day!
With all this in mind, it is safe to say that for you to have the best hiking experience and make memories that will last forever, Oulanka national park and Nuuksio National Park are two of the best options Finland.