Here’s why. In Finland, nature is not only wild, it’s free to enjoy. Finnish law states that anyone living in or visiting Finland has the right to roam in the forests. They can forage for mushrooms and berries. They are able to enjoy the recreational use of natural areas. But this freedom comes with responsibility.
So, it’s nature that you’re looking for! Here’s a list of the national parks that could prove helpful as you’re planning, the big ones are Urho Kekkonen – Lapland at it’s best, great hiking, Koli – ‘national’ scenery, traditional ways of life, Oulanka – diverse nature, great hiking, and Helvetinjärvi – crazy rocks.
Also worth noting if you’re the outdoors type is that Finland has one of the loosest laws in the world relating to the freedom to roam around. Basically, you’re allowed to do everything on land that is not someone’s backyard, field, or nationally-protected area. Restrictions are in effect for using vehicles, cutting trees, collecting wood, making open fires (camping stoves, etc are ok), hunting and fishing with anything fancier than rod + line and hook. Essentially, you could live in the forests forever if you could survive with just fish, berries, and mushrooms.
The world has definitely changed in 2020, we all stopped traveling for a bit. Either by our own choice or by the shutting down of borders and airlines. As we have stayed home and watched the world change, our wanderlust has not […]