Urho Kekkonen National Park (Urho Kekkosen kansallispuisto)

Urho Kekkonen National Park



Location: Lapland   Map

Area: 2550 km²
KoilliskairaVisitor center
Open: May- Sept
Mon- Fri 9am- 5pm
Sat- Sun 9am- 4pm
Tel. +358 (0) 205 64 7251


Description of Urho Kekkonen National Park

Urho Kekkonen National Park is located in Lapland region of Finland. This Finnish national park is named after Urho Kekkonen, President and Prime Minister of Finland. The nature park covers an area of 2550 km². Urho Kekkonen National Park has several trails from 1 km to 7 km in length with the shortest trail handicapped assessable. Large reindeer herds are commonly seen in the region. Fishing and hunting is allowed, but carries certain restrictions. The best time to visit Urho Kekkonen National Park is in the summer. Fairly mild continental climate warmed by the Gulfstream makes summers fairly warm. The average temperature in Urho Kekkonen National Park ranges from -20°C in winter to +20°C in summer.


Urho Kekkonen National Park is diverse. Its signposted area to the west is also an easy destination for the inexperienced hiker, while the park’s wilderness destinations are a great place for long and demanding wilderness trips.

Hikes to Urho Kekkonen National Park most often start at Kiilopää Mountain Center, Aittajärvi on the banks of the Suomujoki River or Raja-Joosep, and hikers often end up around the Saariselkä Mountain Range, for example at the top of the area's highest mountain, Sokost. Many of the hikers also spend the night in desert huts built on the shores of Lake Luirojärvi at its foot.

The nature of the Urho Kekkonen National Park includes both spectacular vast bogs, not forgetting the wooded areas. Reindeer husbandry has a long tradition in the area and remains a key industry in the area. In the area reminiscent of it, there are deer graves, reindeer fences, roosts and restored yellow fields.