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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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  • A national park in Lapland, Finland, located in the District of savukoski, Sodankylä and Inari. It was founded not so long ago, only in the year 1983 and stretches up to 2.550 square kilometers, it is one of the largest protected areas of Finland. Named in honor of the late President and Prime Minister of Finland Urho Kekkonen.
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  • Went to this park during our trip to Finland made in September 2016. There was still snow and then we saw a very beautiful landscape, accompanied by two Husky that literally we hauled down the path.
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  • Wild bare wilderness, rugged beauty. very clear signage along trails, educational. good variety of hikes (length). Starting point in the village of Saariselka, nice little Lappin village. Weather was ...  more »
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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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