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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Trails

Regions

Books

Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Reishandboek - Reishandboek Finland
  • Het Reishandboek Finland geeft veel informatie voor een actieve natuurvakantie. Met uitgebreide informatie over Helsinki, Turku en Tampere. Naast praktische informatie beschrijft de reisgids Finland 20 wandel-, fiets- en kanotips die de lezer wegwijs maken in de Finse natuur. Behalve alle bekende wintersporten als skiën en snowboarden zijn er... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Reishandboek - Reishandboek Finland
  • Het Reishandboek Finland geeft veel informatie voor een actieve natuurvakantie. Met uitgebreide informatie over Helsinki, Turku en Tampere. Naast praktische informatie beschrijft de reisgids Finland 20 wandel-, fiets- en kanotips die de lezer wegwijs maken in de Finse natuur. Behalve alle bekende wintersporten als skiën en snowboarden zijn er... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Reisgids Reishandboek Finland | Elmar
  • Het Reishandboek Finland geeft veel informatie voor een actieve natuurvakantie. Met uitgebreide informatie over Helsinki, Turku en Tampere. Naast praktische informatie beschrijft de reisgids Finland 20 wandel-, fiets- en kanotips die de lezer wegwijs maken in de Finse natuur. Behalve alle bekende wintersporten als skiën en snowboarden zijn er... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Lonely Planet Finland
  • #1 best-selling guide to Finland*Lonely Planet Finland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hike through forests and fells, spectacular gorges and ravines, fizz over the snow behind a team of huskies on an overnight dog-sled safari, then change the pace with... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Lonely Planet Finland
  • #1 best-selling guide to Finland*Lonely Planet Finland is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Hike through forests and fells, spectacular gorges and ravines, fizz over the snow behind a team of huskies on an overnight dog-sled safari, then change the pace with... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Finland (Engels) | Insight Guides
  • Een rijk geillustreerde reisgids met diepgaande teksten: één van de beste reisgidsen die er bestaan. Eerste deel bestaat uit een beschrijving van de unieke aspecten van de regio, daarna een deel echte reisgids en als afsluiting een deel met praktische informatie. De uitstekende informatie wordt vergezeld van prachtige foto's en heldere kaarten.... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Reise-Handbuch Finnland | Dumont
  • Das ausführliche DuMont Reise-Handbuch beschreibt Finnland flächendeckend; gegliedert nach Reiseregionen. Es legt einen deutlichen Schwerpunkt auf die besonders sehenswerten Städte und Landschaften. Mit Tipps und Adressen Ort für Ort, umfangreichen Hintergrundinformationen sowie einer Extra-Reisekarte. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Skandinavien - Scandinavie | Baedeker
  • Im Licht des NordensMit dem Baedeker Skandinavien Norwegen Schweden Finnland erlebt man unvergessliche Reiseziele mit endlosen Wäldern und Seen, tiefblaue Fjorde, nordische Tundra, Sandstrände, Meer und bedeutende Metropolen.Das Kapitel Hintergrund beschäftigt sich mit Wissenswertem über Skandinavien, mit Fakten, Geschichte, Alltag, Kunst und... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Wereldwijzer - Finland
  • Het Reishandboek Finland geeft veel informatie voor een actieve natuurvakantie. Met uitgebreide informatie over Helsinki, Turku en Tampere. Naast praktische informatie beschrijft de reisgids Finland 20 wandel-, fiets- en kanotips die de lezer wegwijs maken in de Finse natuur. Behalve alle bekende wintersporten als ski n en snowboarden zijn er... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Wereldwijzer - Finland
  • Het Reishandboek Finland geeft veel informatie voor een actieve natuurvakantie. Met uitgebreide informatie over Helsinki, Turku en Tampere. Naast praktische informatie beschrijft de reisgids Finland 20 wandel-, fiets- en kanotips die de lezer wegwijs maken in de Finse natuur. Behalve alle bekende wintersporten als ski n en snowboarden zijn er... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • FINLAND
  • - the great Finnish outdoors - activities from trekking to snowboarding - expanded coverage of hip Helsinki - the city's finest revealed & reviewed - natural wonders: from beaches washed by the Baltic Sea to the northern lights of the Arctic Circle - Hei! Making small talk in Finnish & Swedish Read more
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  • FINLAND
  • - the great Finnish outdoors - activities from trekking to snowboarding - expanded coverage of hip Helsinki - the city's finest revealed & reviewed - natural wonders: from beaches washed by the Baltic Sea to the northern lights of the Arctic Circle - Hei! Making small talk in Finnish & Swedish Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Home-Based Treatment
  • This book tells the life stories of nine physically handicapped young adults in Finland. Each of these young adults received the English Kerland/Brainwave home-based treatment when they were young. The rehabilitation was given three hours a day by the parents of the children and volunteers who came to assist in the process. These were the first... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Home-Based Treatment
  • This book tells the life stories of nine physically handicapped young adults in Finland. Each of these young adults received the English Kerland/Brainwave home-based treatment when they were young. The rehabilitation was given three hours a day by the parents of the children and volunteers who came to assist in the process. These were the first... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet Finland
  • - the great Finnish outdoors - activities from trekking to snowboarding - expanded coverage of hip Helsinki - the city's finest revealed & reviewed - natural wonders: from beaches washed by the Baltic Sea to the northern lights of the Arctic Circle - Hei! Making small talk in Finnish & Swedish Read more
  • Also available from:
  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lonely Planet Finland
  • - the great Finnish outdoors - activities from trekking to snowboarding - expanded coverage of hip Helsinki - the city's finest revealed & reviewed - natural wonders: from beaches washed by the Baltic Sea to the northern lights of the Arctic Circle - Hei! Making small talk in Finnish & Swedish Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Salla - Savukoski Recreational Map
  • Salla - Savukoski 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’s topographic survey. Excellent use of colours, shading and symbols provides a very detailed picture of the terrain and vegetation. Extensive overprint highlights routes for hiking, and/or... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Finland Karttakeskus Motorbikers Road Atlas A5 SPIRAL-BOUND
  • Road Atlas of Finland for motorcyclists from Karttakeskus in a slightly larger than A5 spiral-bound format, highlighting 24 specially selected motorbike routes including bikers’ meeting points. Southern Finland is covered at 1:650,000 with the rest of the country, north of Oulu, at 1:800,000. Selected routes are prominently highlighted on the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Helsinki Region Street Atlas
  • Street atlas of the Helsinki area at 1:20,000 in a spiral-bound format from Karttakeskus, the Finland’s national survey organization. Streets are annotated with selected house numbers for easier identification of addresses. Metro and railway stations are clearly marked and the map also shows locations of taxi ranks. For drivers, main traffic... 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Halti - Kilpisjärvi
  • Halti – Kilpisjärvi area of northern Finland at 1:50,000 in a series of beautiful and informative maps of popular outdoor leisure areas from Karttakeskus with cartography of the country’s topographic survey. Contours are at 25m intervals, enhanced by relief shading plus graphics and/ colouring for different types of terrain and vegetation.... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Finland: Karttakeskus Water Touring Maps
  • Karttakeskus’ Water touring maps are a completely new type of map series. The pre-folded maps made of waterproof and rip-proof material can fit into a small space on the boat, but when opened, they cover a wide area. In this way, the water touring map is e.g. an excellent planning tool alongside electronic navigation solutions, offering a wide... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Finland Karttakeskus Road Atlas 2018 SPIRAL-BOUND
  • Road Atlas of Finland, 2017 edition in an A4 spiral-bound format covering the southern and central parts of the country at 1:200,000, with the north at 1:250,000, plus city maps of 50 towns, enlargements showing in more details the environs of Helsinki, Oulu, Tampere and Turku, examples of traffic signs, etc. Over 2800 places of interest and... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Länderkarte Finnland 1:850 000
  • Für die große Fahrt und kleine Abstecher. Die MARCO POLO Länderkarten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der, im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit Marco Polo Highlight-Sternen´´, sowie gelben oder... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ruka - Oulanka Karhunkierros 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’s national survey organization, with enlargements for Ruikatunturi area and the Pieni Karhunkierros Bear Trail near Juuma. Contours are at 5m intervals, with colours... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Ruka Oulanka | Karttakeskus
  • 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’s national survey organization, with enlargements for Ruikatunturi area and the Pieni Karhunkierros Bear Trail near Juuma. Contours are at 5m intervals, with colours... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Iron Curtain Trail 1 Barents Sea - German-Polish Border
  • Iron Curtain Cycle Trail Part 1, a 3500-km long northern section from the Barents Sea to the Polish/German border, in an English language guide from Verlag Esterbauer with mapping highlighting the route and its variants and extensive information conveyed by symbols indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair workshops,... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Iron Curtain Trail 1 Barents Sea - German-Polish Border
  • Iron Curtain Cycle Trail Part 1, a 3500-km long northern section from the Barents Sea to the Polish/German border, in an English language guide from Verlag Esterbauer with mapping highlighting the route and its variants and extensive information conveyed by symbols indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, repair workshops,... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Finland - Centraal Finland
  • Finland is één van Europa's mooiste landen wat natuurschoon en fauna betreft. Het grote land met lage bevolkingsdichtheid heeft een overvloed aan meren en bossen. De zonsopkomst of ondergang, reflecterend in het spiegelgladde wateroppervlak met een glooiend landschap op de achtergrond geven sprookjesachtige beelden. En tussen al dit... Read more
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