Guide to Finland

Nature, landscapes and wildlife

If you enjoy nature, landscapes and wildlife, you will love Finland. You will want to come again to take in the incredible surprises and beauty the country offers.

Lakes and forests

Finland has an astonishing 187,888 lakes. Many are small and isolated, while others cover vast and impressive expanses. For example, Lake Saimaa is the fourth-largest in Europe.

There are so many lakes, you might think there's little room left for solid ground. However, 75% of Finland consists not of water, but of wonderfully quiet and spectacular forests.

This combination of unspoiled lakes and trees has led to the creation of 35 national parks. Unfortunately, unless you have unlimited time, you can only hope to visit several of them. Some of the most popular are those in Lapland in northern Finland. These include Pallas-Yllästunturi, Oulanka and Urho Kekkonen. Among the national parks worth visiting in other regions of the country are Nuuksio and Ekenäs Archipelago in southern Finland and Repovesi in the southeast.


One of the great pleasures of spending time in Finland's national parks is the opportunity to see wildlife. Many tourist agencies offer wildlife watching, particularly in northern Finland and the northeastern region of Kainuu.

The most popular animals to observe are bears. The brown bear is the national animal of Finland and an exciting creature to spot in the wild. Check in advance for the availability of bear watching tours - after all, bears spend many months of the winter in hibernation.

Other animals you may see in the wild are grey wolves, elk and reindeer. If you're lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of rarer beasts such as Arctic foxes, golden eagles, flying squirrels or Saimaa ringed seals.

Other activities

Many people like to combine wildlife watching in Finland with a wide range of outdoor pursuits. Some of these may be completely new to you: dog-sledding, for instance. There are others you may be more familiar with such as skiing. What you may not expect, though, is the invigorating beauty of the landscape when you take part in any outdoor activity.

Another popular pursuit in Finland is fishing. There are around 70 freshwater species of fish in the country’s lakes and rivers. Bring your fly fishing rod and you can also spend time catching the famous Atlantic salmon in freshwater lakes and rivers.

Whether you want to observe nature, engage in open-air activities or relax in a spectacular environment, come to Finland. Book your cheap flight with SAS now and look forward to a wonderful adventure.

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