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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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  • Definitely staying nearby is a park to visit. We walked to the Property and it was worth it. The ascent of the Hill is very easy and fun.
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  • Peace and quietness. In wintertime the cross country skiing tracks are in excellent shape. Also there are many marked routes and cafeterias and log houses where you can make day trips. The nature is L...  more »
  • If you are in saariselka you have to visit this beauty. This place is mostly famous for skiing but we took the walking trails here and it was nothing less than magical. There are multiple trails with ...  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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