In the rugged landscape of the Karhunkierros Trail, you will observe the power of water. The many trail options and hanging bridges of the Oulanka National Park will take you to the most impressive waterfalls in Finland. The jumps of wild brown trout (Salmo trutta), the dives of European dippers (Cinclus cinclus), the unlimited beauty of the aapa mires and the lovely calypso orchid will challenge even the experienced nature photographer.
Nature doesn’t recognise any state boundaries: the vast wilderness of Paanajärvi National Park is to be found on the Russian side of the border and forms a EUROPARC Transboundary Park (europarc.org) with Oulanka.
For more information, please see: Oulanka National Park (nationalparks.fi).
Protected Areas in Finland
Vätsäri Wilderness Area
In Vätsäri you can experience the astonishing silence of a wilderness in its natural state.Find out more
Käsivarsi Wilderness Area
Finland's wild northwestern arm – Käsivarsi – has the country's most mountainous scenery.Find out more
Koli National Park
The splendid scenery always instills a sense of serenity and wonder in visitors.Find out more
Syöte National Park
The wild wooded hills of Syöte provide an ideal setting for many activities.Find out more
Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
Trek from hilltop to hilltop through the arctic fells along Finland's first hiking trail.Find out more