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Urho Kekkonen National Park, Saariselka

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Urho Kekkonen National Park is a national park in Lapland, Finland, situated in area of municipalities of Savukoski, Sodankylä and Inari. Established in 1983 and covering 2550km2, it is one of Finland's largest protected areas. It is named after Urho Kekkonen, late President and Prime Minister of Finland.The Suomujoki river flows through the northern parts of the diverse park. The marked paths in its western part are an easy destination even for the inexperienced backpacker, whereas the wilderness is good for long and demanding trips.Most trips to Urho Kekkonen National Park are started from the Kiilopää fell center, the Aittajärvi lake along the Suomujoki river, or Raja-Jooseppi, and backpackers usually end up nearby the Saariselkä fell line, for instance on the top of its highest fell, Sokosti. Reindeer herding is still a common livelihood in the area.
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  • Different routes for hiking. Beautiful nature and well-lit paths. Really enjoy and relax! Some paths are wt heavier but do fine with snow shoes.
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  • Hiking, biking, cross-country skiing no matter, what a beautiful area. You walk into your own fairy tale, you're in the area.
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  • We went at night, with snowshoes, walking with the light of Saariselkä reflected in low clouds and producing a sensation of clarity dead, is a forest like no other, and the visit in winter, with snow and at night is unforgettable.
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  • Very nice area but too many people
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  • Beautiful park very quiet and away from the crowds. There a lot of walk to get to different points of views and Lakes but worth the visit. US markets 3 days in autonomy in the Park. The water is potable in water courses and of small huts and fire place along hiking circuits. Plenty of reindeer and rabbits. Blueberries everywhere!
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  • Magnificent views. Now this place was one of those that I would like to visit.
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