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

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United Kingdom
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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
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Germany
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • 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
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Maps

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 1:100 000... Read more
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
  • 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
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Finland Road Atlas 2014 A4, SPIRAL-BOUND
  • Finland Road Atlas, 2014 edition, from Karttakeskus in an A4, spiral-bound format, with enlargements for environs of main cities, 50 street plans, road signs, etc. Southern Finland is covered at 1:200,000 and the rest, roughly north of Oulu, at 1:250,000. Road classification indicates width of single carriageway roads and includes unsurfaced... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Porkkala - Helsinki - Pellinki Water Sports Map
  • Porkkala - Helsinki - Pellinki Water Sports Map at 1:50,000 from Karttakeskus, covering the southern coast of Finland around Helsinki, printed on light, waterproof and tear-resistant synthetic paper. On sea depth contours are shown at 3, 6, 10, 20 and 50 metres, with shipping lanes and boat routes. Also marked designated outdoor recreation... Read more
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Walking holidays

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Belgium
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Belgium
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