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.

The natural features and landscape in national parks are typical of Finland, but the parks are also a nationally and internationally valuable part of our nature. Within the parks there are national landscapes as well as cultural heritage sites.

There are 41 national parks in Finland. They are all managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland.

The newest of them is Salla National Park which was established on January 1st 2022. It is situated in eastern Lapland and covers over 9,900 hectares.

National parks are established by law on state-owned lands.

Visitors are Welcome to Enjoy Nature

National parks are used for outdoor recreation. Rules and regulations ensure that the use does not harm nature.

The parks have marked hiking routes, nature trails and campfire sites. Visitors can also stay overnight in the national parks at designated camping sites or shelters and huts. Services like guiding, lodging and equipment rental are available by local enterprises.