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

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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Natuurgids Minigids Dieren en planten van Scandinavië | KNNV
  • Praktische MINIGIDS met meer dan 150 bijzondere soorten dieren en planten van Noorwegen, Zweden en Finland. Zeearend, oeraluil, papegaaiduiker, bruine beer, eland, lynx en bosnimf: de natuur van Scandinavië is zeer gevarieerd. Veel van die bijzondere dieren en planten kom je makkelijk tegen mits je op de juiste tijd op de juiste plek bent.... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Skandinavien - Scandinavie | Baedeker
  • Een van de beste en meest complete reisgidsen van het land / de streek.. Een klassieker in het Duits! Met heel veel informatie over alles wat je maar kunt bedenken, inclusief een losse grove plattegrond achter in het boek. Der Baedeker Skandinavien vereint fundierte Informationen zu Natur, Kultur und Geschichte mit Genießerthemen und beschreibt... Read more
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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Natuurgids - Reisgids Wild kijken in Scandinavië | KNNV
  • Noorwegen, Zweden en Finland kennen een ongelooflijke rijkdom aan planten- en diersoorten die je elders in Europa nauwelijks te zien krijgt. 'Wild ... Scandinavië' brengt deze prachtige natuur nu binnen handbereik. *Toplocaties, o.a. Falsterbo, Öland; Varanger, Lofoten en Oulu *Vogels, zoogdieren, orchideeën en andere noordse natuur *Met tips... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids CityTrip Helsinki | Reise Know-How Verlag
  • CityTrip Helsinki ist der ideale Begleiter, um alle Facetten der finnischen Hauptstadt kennenzulernen: Alle bedeutenden und weniger bekannten Sehenswürdigkeiten ausführlich vorgestellt und bewertet + erlebnisreiche Stadtspaziergänge mit genauer Beschreibung + ausgewählte Unterkünfte von nobel bis preiswert + die besten Adressen für den... Read more
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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2007
  • Reisgids Finnland: Südwestküste mit Turku | Edition Elch
  • Nach dem erfolgreichen Start des Åland-Titels folgt nun also der Schärenführer 2 über eines der schönsten Gebiete, das Finnland-Kenner für ihren Ferienhausurlaub oder eine Rundreise auswählen: Finnlands Südwesten; eine einzigartige Küsten- und Schärenlandschaft; mit einer Vielzahl historischer Plätze; kultureller Höhepunkte und raffinierter... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Pocket Guide Helsinki | Berlitz
  • Helsinki Pocket Guide Berlitz is een handzaam engelstalige reisgids met bezienswaardigheden, kaartjes, hotels en restaurants Berlitz Pocket Guide Helsinki is a concise, full-colour travel guide that combines lively text with vivid photography to highlight the very best that this vibrant, modern city has to offer. The where to go chapter details... Read more
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
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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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids Trotter Finland | Lannoo
  • Veel aandacht voor praktische informatie als hotels en restaurants, maar ook beschrijvingen van bezienswaardigheden. Handig zijn de vele plattegronden: verrassend en verfrissend geschreven. - Beroemd om zijn betrouwbare keuze van hotel- en restaurantadressen in alle prijsklassen. - Berucht voor zijn kritische noten en persoonlijke visie. -... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Finland | Lonely Planet
  • Reisgids Finland | Lonely Planet De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Engelstalig. Lonely Planet. Inspired design,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Wandelgids Finland: Pirkan Taival | Conrad Stein Verlag
  • 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
2009
  • Reisgids Finnland: Saimaa und Karelien selbst entdecken | Edition Elch
  • Uitstekende reisgids over een deel van Finland: veel beschrijvingen van bezienswaardigheden en cultuur, maar ook nuttige praktische info over hoe je het beste kunt rondreizen. Met mooie foto´s en kaartjes. Duitstalig. Dank der Spezialisierung auf zwei besonders interessante Regionen innerhalb Finnlands ist dieses Buch konkurrenzlos. So viel... Read more
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
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Maps

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
  • Finland: Motorbikers` Road Atlas for Bikers 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 recreation maps... Read more
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United Kingdom
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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
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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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
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
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