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.See Urho Kekkonen National Park and all Saariselka has to offer by arranging your trip with our Saariselka day trip planner .
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Urho Kekkonen National Park Tours
Aurora Hunting Safari to Lake Inari from Saariselkä BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $200
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Lapland Snowmobile Safari to a Reindeer Farm from Saariselkä Including Reindeer Sleigh Ride BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $174
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Urho Kekkonen National Park Reviews
Caminar por este parque con raquetas es una experiencia única y maravillosa. Disfrutar de la pureza de sus aguas y descubrir especies que solo crecen en lugares libres de contaminación,escuchar los so... more »Walking through this park snowshoe is a unique and wonderful experience. Enjoy the purity of its waters to discover species that grow only in pollution-free places, listen to the sounds of the forest, silence.. just the crunching of snow under your feet.
Pasear por este parque, nevado, es una experiencia de mucho valor. La quietud permite oír sonidos a los que normalmente no prestamos atención: el río, los pájaros, la más leve brisa... Todo en medio d... more »Stroll through this park, snow, is an experience of great value. The stillness allows you to hear sounds that we don't normally pay attention: the River, the birds, the slightest breeze... All in the midst of a nearly complete solitude, broken only by the few passers-by who share the immensity of this natural space.
First thing: we were in Lapland, but we don’t do winter sports. We visited Saariselkä to hunt Northern Lights and to some winter hiking. The Urho National Park offers (besides skiing activities) also ... more »
Best. Top 10. Love it. It is pure Nature. Peace. Simply perfect. Counting the minutes to come back.
Awesome place for vacation, absorb Lappish nature. It's amazing hills and snowshoeing, ski resort place!
It was amazingly beautiful and pure. I have been there skiing and walking and it has always been great.
Very beautiful wiews and offers nice possibilities for cycling. Suitable for kids.
beautiful place and everything in one village can highly recommend it
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