Rokua National Park

Hikers in Rokua National Park. Photo: Leena Rinta-Runsala.

The Emblem of Rokua National Park - Common RedstartWhen you explore the esker ridges, sandhills and kettle hole lakes of Rokua it's easy to see the clear traces of the Ice Age that explain why this area forms part of Finland's first UNESCO Geopark. Family-friendly trails lead off through the park's wooded sandhills, where the forest floor is blanketed with silvery lichens. Scattered through the park are many kettle hole lakes nestling in sandy hollows.

Suitability: Excellent for families with children. The Pitkäjärvi Trail (0.8 km), the Lapp ‘kota' hut and the dry toilet are suitable for the disabled.

Rokua Geopark

Comprising Rokua, Lake Oulujärvi and the Oulujoki River Valley, the Rokua Geopark was the first area in Finland to join the network of Geoparks listed by UNESCO. At the same time, Rokua Geopark is the northernmost of the 67 Geoparks that form the Geopark network.