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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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  • During our stay in Saariselka we had mapped out a walk in the park. At the start is ample possibility to park and you will find sufficient info on the signage of the different routes. Along the way, everything is very neat and well signposted, with in some places extra info about animals, plants, ... on the way we met varied elements against. Wooden stairs, lookout points, rivers, small waterfalls and a large herd of reindeer that crossed our path. This alternation caused a great walk with the kids throughout the natural park.
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  • UKK National Park is one of the most beautiful parts of Finland. It has a variety of well marked (and not so well marked) walking tracks and places to rest and roast a sausage. There are also cottages...  more »
  • Beautiful nature, many different hiking trails. Also a number of reindeer see walk while walking
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  • Great place to hike. Nice views from many locations. Trails are mainly easy to follow. Visitor centers have staff with real knowledge of UKK.
  • Wide variety of routes for different skill levels of hikers, good paths all around and excellent huts.
  • Fantastic place to come, relax, enjoy nature and look for Santa.
  • Very nice area but too many people
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