Travel to Beautiful Cities in Finland

Here you will find study trips and round trips through the metropolises of Finland

Helsinki [Helsingfors]

Take a tour of Finland and don’t miss Helsinki, the political, economic, spiritual, scientific and cultural capital of Finland. As part of a study tour you can visit the Parliament, the State Council, all ministries and the seat of the President. Not far away are the two highest courts, the Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court. Be enchanted by other sights such as Helsinki Cathedral, the National Museum, the Kallio Church, the famous Havis Amanda sculpture, the Finlandia Hall, the Suomenlinna Fortress, the Finnish National Theater, the Kiasma Museum and many more. Take a city break in Helsinki and you will never forget it.

Nuuksio National Park

Nuuksio National Park is one of 40 national parks in Finland. Established in 1994, the park covers an area of ​​vast forests and cool lakes in Espoo, Kirkkonummi and Vihti. After a few extensions, it now covers an area of ​​55 square kilometers. Located northwest of the Finnish capital Helsinki, it is the second closest national park to the capital after the recently established Sipoonkorpi National Park. The site is less than 30 kilometers from downtown Helsinki and is easily accessible by public transport such as daily buses.

The national park covers the westernmost part of the so-called Nuuksio Lake highlands in Finland. The landscape is characterized by 80 lakes, deciduous and coniferous forests, rocks and moors. Dozens of endangered or nearly threatened animal species, plants and fungi are known in the area, for example the Siberian flying squirrel, the European night deer and the wood curl.

Natural gem near Helsinki

There are eight marked hiking trails within the park. These routes vary in length and difficulty and are between 1.5 kilometers and 17 kilometers long. In addition, there are 22 kilometers of bridle paths and 30 kilometers of cycle paths for vacationers stressed by everyday life. Special places for barbecuing, camping and skiing are scattered throughout the national park.

At an eco-camp in the park, travelers can enjoy a night under the stars and treetops. Airy tents are stretched between the treetops. Tourists can immerse themselves in wild natural areas very close to the Finnish capital and enjoy the typical Finnish landscape, with beautiful waters, green forests and jagged rocks. With its marked paths, cooking huts and campsites, Nuuksio is ideal for short hikes of one or two days or for a family picnic.

Oulanka National Park

Deep gorges, impressive waterfalls and wild forests in Finland

The Oulanka River gave the national park in northeastern Finland its name. This is a particularly popular region for hikers. Around 15,000 people annually move on the so-called “Bear Tour”, the Karhunkierros Trail, over a distance of up to 85 kilometers. This is a route that is far from civilization – however, there are huts available for visitors.

Reindeer and a few bears

The Oulanka National Park was founded in 1956 and is an Eldorado for people who love nature and feel good in the dense forests with moors and lakes. The park extends over three hundred square kilometers not far from the border with Russia. With a little luck you will encounter reindeer there, while the few bears in the park usually avoid hikers and only very rarely pose a threat to people.

A destination in every season

The extensive park is a year-round experience with its mix of calm rivers, rapids and rushing waterfalls. In summer, the long days and bright nights attract visitors to Oulanka. In addition to hiking, rafting and kayaking tours are popular activities in Oulanka National Park. In winter you can move there with snowshoes or on skis. However, the region is hilly and the mountains are up to five hundred meters high. The rivers only freeze over in a few places because of the numerous rapids.

Paanajärvi – a lake like a fjord

The Oulankajoki river with its little “sisters” Savinajoki and Aventojoki shape the impressive landscape of the Oulanka National Park. Lake Paanajärvi, which is almost 130 meters deep in places, has the character of a fjord. In the east, the park borders on a Russian nature reserve. Lake Paanajärvi is the destination of many anglers as there is a large number of brown trout here. The Oulanka National Park plays an important social and economic role in this Finnish region and also invites visitors to canoe tours and rafting experiences in the warm season.

Travel to Beautiful Cities in Finland

About the author