Stamps of Finnish Protected Areas
Koli National Park
The commemorative stamp of 60th Anniversary of the Finnish Tourist Association features the grand landscapes of Koli. Koli National Park (www.nationalparks.fi) was established in 1991.
The stamp of 1947 was designed by artist Signe Hammarsten Jansson, the mother of Tove Jansson. The face value of the special stamp is 10 Finnmarks.
Former Porkkala National Park
After WW II, the Soviet Union leased Porkkala Peninsula for a naval base. The postage stamp with the lighthouse of Rönnskär in front was issued to celebrate the ending of the land lease on January 26, 1956.
The face value of the stamp is 25 Finnmarks and it was designed by Aarne Karjalainen.
One of Finland’s first four national parks was established in Porkkala Peninsulla area in 1938. The Porkkala National Park was discontinued after the Soviet land lease period in 1956.
Käsivarsi Wilderness Area
Reflections of Saanatunturi Fell on Lake Kilpisjärvi were drawn by artist Olavi Vepsäläinen on a stamp of 1960.
The stamp with a face value of 30 Finnmarks was included in the Finland’s Red Cross series.
Käsivarsi Wilderness Area (www.nationalparks.fi) was established in 1991.
Oulanka National Park
River Aventojoki with the handsome Ristikallio Rock, situated in Oulanka National Park (www.nationalparks.fi) of Kuusamo, was the theme of the stamp of 1964.
The stamp was designed by artist Olavi Vepsäläinen.
The face value is 5 Finnmarks.
Punkaharju Nature Reserve
One of the most popular sights in Finland, the Punkaharju Ridge was taken as a theme on the stamp of 1967 by artist Olavi Vepsäläinen. The face value is 2.50 Finnmarks.
Punkaharju Nature Reserve (www.nationalparks.fi) is one of the oldest in the world, as Punkaharju was granted crown park status as early as in 1843. It became a Nature Reserve in 1991.
Pallas-Ounastunturi National Park
Artist Pentti Rahikainen’s Landscape from Northern Finland was issued in 1977. The picture of Lake Särkijärvi was taken by Studio Matti A. Pitkänen.
The face value of the stamp in Europe series is 0.90 Finnmarks. The national park was extended in 2005 and is now called Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park (www.nationalparks.fi).
Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park
The Kauhaneva mire was the theme in artist Pirkko Vahtero’s stamp of 1981, just prior to the establishment of the park. The face value is 0.70 Finnmarks.
The Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas National Park (www.nationalparks.fi) was established in 1982.
Seitseminen National Park
The primaeval forest of Multiharju in Seitseminen National Park (www.nationalparks.fi) is depicted in the stamp of 1982.
The stamp by artist Pirkko Vahtero is second in a series of five parks, including also Kauhaneva-Pohjankangas, Eastern Gulf of Finland, Urho Kekkonen and Archipelago National Parks.
The face value is 1.60 Finnmarks.
Seitseminen National Park was established in 1982.
Gulf of Finland National Park
Artist Pirkko Vahtero draw Razorbills (Alca torda) sitting of small rocky islets in Gulf of Finland National Park (www.nationalparks.fi) in a stamp issued in 1983.
The face value is 1.80 Finnmarks.
Lemmenjoki National Park
Tourism in the North was the theme of the postage stamp in the Pohjola-Norden series that was issued in 1983.
The stamp depicting gold panning in Lemmenjoki National Park (www.nationalparks.fi) was designed by Torsten Ekström.
The face value of the stamp is 1,20 Finnmarks.
Oulanka National Park
River Kitkajoki in Oulanka National Park (www.nationalparks.fi) with a boat shooting the rapids was also issued in 1983 in a Nordic postage stamp series Tourism in the North.
The postage stamp was designed by Torsten Ekström and the face value is 1,30 Finnmarks.
Urho Kekkonen National Park
The fells of Saariselkä region can be admired in the distant view that opens to the north-west from Naltiotunturi Fell.
The stamp of Urho Kekkonen National Park, (www.nationalparks.fi) issued in 1988, was drawn by artist Pirkko Vahtero. The face value is 2.40 Finnmarks. It was voted as the most beautiful Finnish stamp in 1988.
Koli National Park
The grandiose painting of Eero Järnefelt called Autumn Landscape over Lake Pielinen stretches over two stamps issued in 1993. The stamps were designed by artist Pertti Rahikainen and they were included in the Pro Filatelia series. The face value is 2.30 Finnmarks. The landscape of the painting is situated in Koli National Park (www.nationalparks.fi).
Archipelago National Park
Finland’s south-western archipelago with sheep grazing in a typical traditional landscape where the animal has an important role as keepers of the landscape.
The Archipelago National Park (www.nationalparks.fi) stamp issued in 1997 was designed by artist Pirkko Vahtero.
The face value of the stamp is 4.30 Finnmarks.
Ruunaa Hiking Area
Markku Tano’s picture from the Haapavitja Rapids within Ruunaa Hiking Area (www.nationalparks.fi) was chosen for the stamp Water, Our Natural Resource.
The face value of the postage stamp of the Europa series is 5,40 Finnmarks and the designer is Kaisu Klemetti.
It was elected as the most beautiful stamp in Finland and in the world during the year of issue 2001.
Riisitunturi National Park
A postage stamp Winter Landscape was issued in 2006.
The stamp with candle spruces in Riisitunturi National Park (www.nationalparks.fi) was designed by Ari Lakaniemi and Susanna Rumpu. The spruces were photographed by Jouni Klinga.
The first class no-value indicator stamp was elected as the most beautiful stamp in 2006.
Kvarken World Heritage Site
The rising of the land after Ice Age, most visible in Kvarken between Finland and Sweden, is depicted by artist Marjatta Hanhijoki in a stamp of 2008. The face value is 1.50 euros.
Kvarken Archipelago (www.nationalparks.fi) was included in the Unesco World Heritage List in 2006 as the first natural heritage site in Finland.
Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
A new series of national park stamps is started by the issue of a stamp designed by Teemu Ollikainen, based on a photograph by Pekka Luukkola. It features Pallastunturit Fells, one of Finland’s designated national landscapes.
The first class no-value indicator stamp is sold as 10-stamp sticker sheets with information in Finnish, Swedish, Northern Sámi and Braille.
Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park (www.nationalparks.fi), situated in Finland’s Western Lapland, is the most popular among Finland’s National Parks with over 300,000 visitors per year.
The stamp was the second most popular in the voting for the most beautiful stamp in 2009.
Torronsuo National Park
The second postage stamp In the national park stamp series is on the Torronsuo National Park (www.nationalparks.fi), issuen on September 13, 2010. The stamp has been designed by graphic artist Teemu Ollikainen.
The first class no-value indicator stamp is sold as 10-stamp sticker sheets with information on national parks in Finnish, Swedish and English.
Situated on the Häme lake upland, Torronsuo is Finland's deepest mire that is favoured by large crane flock as a flyway stop-over site.
Torronsuo stamp was chosen runner-up in the voting for the most beautiful stamp in 2010.
Struve Geodetic Arc
A chain of survey triangulations from the Black Sea to the Arctic Ocean determined the Figure of the Earth. The Arc was taken on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2005.
Three of the 34 points included in the World Heritage Site are on lands managed by Metsähallitus.
The second class no-value indicator stamps issued in 2011 were designed by Susanna Rumpu and Ari Lakaniemi. Photographs of Hannu Eskonen and Museum of Pulkova.
Nuuksio National Park
To celebrate the UN International Year of the Forests 2011, a forest landscape from Nuuksio National Park’s (www.nationalparks.fi) Pond Mustalampi is depicted in the two Europa series stamps.
The second class no-value indicator stamps were designed by Klaus Welp. The stamps are sold as 10-stamp sticker sheets with real perforation.