Check regional Covid-instructions before your hiking trip or a visit to a nature center.

Liminganlahti Nature Centre is closed 1.1.-4.2.2022. The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is closed 10.1.–1.2.2022. Koli Nature Centre Ukko is closed 1.1.–26.1.2022. Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu is closed 13.1.–31.1.2022.

In other nature centers in Finland, we require the use of a facial mask and keeping the 2 meter distance to other visitors. In addition, there may be requirements to show the Covid pass, and/or the number of visitors can be limited. More information Nature centers. The length of the restrictions depends on the region. More regional information can be found at the Finnish institute for health and welfare website.

Protected areas play a major role in combating climate change and biodiversity loss 

A joint statement by networks of protected areas from around the world at COP26 Climate Change Conference

At the Glasgow Climate Change Conference on 5 November 2021, managers of protected areas from around the world published a joint statement on the role of protected areas in combating climate change and biodiversity loss. Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland, which manages the Finnish network of protected areas, signed the joint statement for Finland. 

Scenery of the wetland.

A comprehensive network of protected areas helps in the combating of and adapting to climate change. Protected forests and natural mires are also significant carbon sinks and carbon storages.

Restoration activities and ecological management in protected areas are excellent examples of how biodiversity can be restored and maintained. In the long term, this work will also improve the ability of protected areas to function as carbon sinks and carbon storages. 

Organisations responsible for the management of protected areas, such as Parks & Wildlife Finland, are also able to communicate effectively to visitors visiting their sites about climate change and biodiversity loss and how to prevent them by their own actions. 

Climate change and biodiversity loss are mutually reinforcing crises. In the joint statement, the organisations responsible for the management of protected areas called on the world's decision makers to take binding action to resolve both crises. 


Self-guided Tours of Finland's Natural Attractions

National parks, national hiking areas and other protected areas provide the visitors with unforgettable moments, best sceneries and hiking and skiing facilities. Read more about the self-guided tours.

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