What to See

Pyhä-Luosto National Park. Photo: Vastavalo/Jorma Pöllänen

The natural scene in Finland changes greatly over the seasons, but there is plenty to see at any time of year.

Finland's varied natural scenery include windswept arctic fells, picturesque farmland, wild bogs, and thousands of unspoilt lakes and rocky islands, as well as forests that stretch as far as the eye can see.

any of the most beautiful areas in Finland are protected to preserve their natural features and wildlife.

In national parks and most nature reserves visitors are free to roam anywhere on foot.

Hiking areas are specifically managed for recreational activities such as hiking, canoeing and fishing.

The vast officially designated wilderness areas of Finnish Lapland are open to visitors, and contain beautiful scenery, but few facilities are provided. These areas are used by local people for traditional local livelihoods such as reindeer herding, fishing and hunting.

Access to strict nature reserves is restricted, but trails leading through some reserves are open to the public.

Nature centres run by Metsähallitus provide maps, leaflets, information and advice about natural features and facilities, and are good places to start exploring any area.