Central Finland

Consisting of fells and hillside bogs, this 77-sq-km national park 58km northwest of Kuusamo offers spectacular views and rewarding hiking, including several loop trails for day walks. A 29km trail crosses the park from one side to the other. In all there are 42km of hiking and snowshoeing trails, and 20km of cross-country ski trails. Details of huts and trails are listed on the website.

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