Linnansaari National Park
This scenic national park consists of Haukivesi lake and hundreds of uninhabited islands; the main activity centres around the largest island, Linnansaari, which has marked trails. As well as the seals, rare birds, including ospreys, can also be seen. The best way to experience the park is renting a kayak and spending a few days exploring.
Oulanka National Park
This is one of the most visited national parks in Finland, thanks mainly to the 80km Karhunkierros Trail (Bear’s Ring), a spectacular three- or four-day trek through rugged cliffs, gorges and suspension bridges, starting from either the Hautajärvi Visitor Centre or the Ristikallio parking area and ending at the resort village of Ruka, 25km north of Kuusamo.