National Parks Are Finland’s Natural Treasures
National parks are over 1,000-hectare protected areas, which are also natural sights open to everyone. Their primary purpose is to ensure the diversity of Finnish nature. National parks are established by law on state-owned lands.
The natural features and landscape in national parks are typical of Finland, but they are also a nationally and internationally valuable part of our nature. They have within them national landscapes and other natural sights.
There are 40 national parks in Finland. They are all managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.
National parks are used for outdoor recreation, while having rules and regulations to ensure that this does not hinder nature conservation. An easy way to start an excursion in a national park is to visit the website nataionalparks.fi and then a visitor centre in the area. There are visitor centres in or near several of the national parks. Guides and exhibits at the centres provide useful tips on how to make the excursion as successful as possible.
- Protected areas managed by Metsähallitus (number and area)
- National Parks (www.nationalparks.fi)
- Parks & Wildlife Finland
Red-breasted mergansers in Salamajärvi National Park. Photo Jyri Lehtonen, Parks & Wildlife Finland.