A Nature lover will definitely also love Finland!
Finland has a beautiful, clean nature and air pollution is non-existent.
80% of Finland is natural forest. Finland has about 180 000 lakes which covers 10% of Finland´s land area. Finland also has world’s largest archipelago with almost 200 000 islands and skerries.
Here are listed some destinations for a nature lover and these destinations won´t be crowded, in fact you are lucky to see any people at all!
Finnish Lapland is one of the best places on earth to witness the beauty of the Northern Lights. They are visible over 200 days a year due to polar night that lasts from November till January. It is called a polar night because the sun does not rise on north side of the Arctic Circle during this period. However the clear sky full of stars together with the white snow on the ground are creating a magical blue light that lightens the environment and makes it possible to ski and enjoy the outdoors.
As an opposite to winter the sun does not set in Lapland during the Summer. This phenomena is called the Midnight Sun. Actually light nights can be experienced in whole Finland during some part of the summer months. Nature in Lapland will look very different during summer when everything is not covered in ice. Summer and fall are especially good times to visit some National parks in Lapland.
Read more about the midnight sun:
Visit Finland / Land of the midnight sun
There are 39 national parks in Finland. They are all managed by the state and available for all visitors free of charge. The national parks have hiking routes, nature trails and campfire sites. It is possible to enjoy the parks from just a few hours up to several days since it is possible to stay overnight in the parks camping areas that often have also some huts available.
Find out more about the Finland´s national parks:
Visit Finland / Experience the finnish national park
There are many ways to enjoy the nature of the Finnish archipelago. Many places have a guest harbor so arriving and even staying overnight in your own boat is possible. Most of the archipelago is also accessible by car, bike and hiking. From bigger cities also a water bus transports people to selected destinations.
To find out more please visit: Visit Finland / Archipelago
The 250 km long Archipelago Trail starting from the city center of Turku was votes as the best domestic travel destination in Finland. Travelers are able to enjoy the archipelago of Turku through various cycling paths without owning a boat.
The Kvarken Archipelago is listed as UNESCO World Natural Heritage site. It is a unique terrain that was formed during the melting process of the last ice age. The land in the area is still rising about 1 cm a year since the weight of the ice that covered the area was so great that it pressed the earth down about 800 meters. About 150 meters of this land is still under water and yet to be risen.
For more information please visit:
The Kvarken Archipelago
Other Outdoor Activities
Other outdoor activities can be viewed at:
More specific information can be found below according to topic.
Canoeing and Kayaking
Mountain biking and Cycling
UNESCO world heritage sites