Finland

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Susitaival - by Richard Finland, melancholy land of forests and lakes, was overshadowed by the Soviet Union for many years. Now the sunny days of Sibelius' Karelia Suite have revived! Alas, the long lines of Sibelius symphonies are not reflected in the length of Finnish hiking trails. These last only for several days hiking on end, being restricted to small pockets of nature spared from commercial forestry.

The UKK trail along the border with Russia is the longest and adds up to 240km. The Finnish section of the European long distance trail E6 is still under construction, and the E10 apparently has been explored by the first enthousiasts. A popular path is the Bear's trail or Karhunkierros trail on the border with Russia. It offers the ultimate opportunity to sleep in a remote hut built over a river, and jump into the cold stream after a hot sauna in the woods. Also typically Finnish are the so-called National Hiking Areas, nine areas developed especially for hikers.

Walking in Finland means enjoying the damp forests, the sweet scent of peat bogs and the constant rustling of pine trees in the wind. Whenever the sun appears bright colours light up. Take care not to sit down in an ant hill. North of the polar circle, in the province of Lapland, the landscape opens up and colours are overwhelming.

The hiking season lasts from June until October. Maps are good. Paths are well-kept, marked and have simple shelters called laavu. Carry your own food. If you hate squishy marshes and muddy rivers, then try cross-country skiing in early spring. If you find lodging with a local family, allow time to get acquainted. It is common practice to first sit down to a cup of tea and remain silent for half an hour, just to see which way the wind blows, before starting a conversation.

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Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelgids Finland: Pirkan Taival | Conrad Stein Verlag | Hendrik Morkel
  • Finnland - das heißt Tausende Seen und herrliche Wälder die zum Wandern, Skifahren und Campieren einladen. Seit einigen Jahren wird die Region Pirkanmaa und Tampere, Finnlands drittgrößte Stadt, ein immer beliebteres Reiseziel für Natur- und Wanderfreunde. Dieser Reiseführer zeigt Ihnen die besten Wanderwege und Zeltplätze zu jeder Jahreszeit.... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2006
  • Reisgids ANWB actief Finland | ANWB |
  • Deze serie van de ANWB geeft naast wat algemene info over alles wat er te zien is, ook nog eens een aantal wandel- en fietstochten. Met een detailkaart erbij zijn ze goed te doen. Juist deze actieve mogelijkheden onderscheidt deze gids van andere reisgidsen. Read more
eBooks.de
Germany
eBooks.de
Germany
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2014
  • Walking in Norway
  • Guidebook includes 20 walking and trekking routes in the main mountain areas of Norway from the Far South to the sub-Arctic regions. Includes Hardangervidda, Aurlandsdalen, Rondane, Jotunheimen, Alvdal Vestfjell, Tafjord, Douvre, Trollheimen, Sylene, Femundsmarka, the mountains of Narvik, Troms Border Trail and Finnsmaksvidda. Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2007
  • Cicerone Wandelgids Walking in Norway - Noorwegen |
  • This book describes 20 walking routes in the main mountain areas of Norway, ranging from the Far South to the Arctic regions. Chosen because they are of particular interest to the visiting walker, all trips described are accessible by public transport. Many of the mountain areas are close to one another, making it easy to connect different... Read more
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Germany
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Muotkatunturit
  • Muotkatunturit area of Finland at 1:50,000 in a series of beautiful and informative maps of popular outdoor leisure areas with cartography of the country Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Kuusamo
  • Kuusamo area of Finland at 1:100,000 in a series of beautiful and informative maps of popular outdoor leisure areas with cartography of the country Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Kuusamo - Finland | Karttakeskus |
  • > Gedetailleerde topografische wandelkaart van Finland met hoogtelijnen en aangegeven natuurparken. De kaart bevat ook ski- en wandelroutes, Loipen, kanoroutes en toeristische informatie als hutten, campings, hotels en bezienswaardigheden. >  > The Outdoor map Kuusamo covers the area of the Kuusamo city and its surroundings. The map scale is... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Repovesi
  • Repovesi area of Finland at 1:20,000 in a series of beautiful and informative maps of popular outdoor leisure areas with cartography of the country Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ruka - Oulanka National Park
  • Ruka - Oulanka National Park region just south of the Arctic Circle on Finland's eastern border at 1:50,000 on a double-sided, GPS compatible map from Karttakeskus, the country Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Ruka OULANKA karhunkierros | Karttakeskus Ulkoilukartta |
  • Prachtige wandelkaart van dit mooie, wilde natuurgebied in Noordoost Finland. > Gedetailleerde topografische wandelkaart van Finland met hoogtelijnen en aangegeven natuurparken. De kaart bevat ook ski- en wandelroutes, Loipen, kanoroutes en toeristische informatie als hutten, campings, hotels en bezienswaardigheden. >  > The outdoor... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Nuuksio Luukki
  • Nuuksio Luukki area of Finland at 1:20,000 in a series of beautiful and informative maps of popular outdoor leisure areas with cartography of the country Read more
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