National Hiking Areas
There are five national hiking areas that were established by the government by law. They are all managed by Metsähallitus (Parks & Wildlife Finland). These are also part of the Natura 2000 network, although they are not protected areas.
The Arctic Circle Hiking Area and the Inari Hiking Area were established by Metsähallitus and have the same services as national hiking areas.
National hiking areas are versatile areas suited for hiking and other outdoor recreation in the middle of natural landscape.
Limited commercial forestry is also practised in national hiking areas, while taking into consideration nature’s worth and the needs brought by outdoor recreation.
There are marked hiking trails, skiing trails, nature trails, camping sites and lean-to shelters within hiking areas. Many areas also have a visitor centre or a tourist centre or rental cabins.
Fishing and hunting is usually permitted in hiking areas.
- Protected areas managed by Metsähallitus (number and area)