Protected areas and
National Parks in Europe
Urho Kekkonen National Park is located in
north-eastern Finland, Lapland.
The park also known as Koilliskaira.
The park was established in 1.May 1983.
The second nature protection area in Finland.
The park covers the area of 225 000 ha.
SPECIALITIES OF THE PARK
The most majestic views of forested Lapland.
Round shaped and bald fell tops
The rough nature
A rich and wide range of species
Why the park was established?
To maintain reindeer herding, because it is the
traditional source of livelihood.
To save an untouched piece of Lapland.
To make hiking and trekking possible
The use of the park
180 000 visitors per year
Most of the visitors are Finns
The park offers guides
For school classes different kind of paths
Plant and animal mapping
Fish and Freshwater Pearl Mussel population
Urho Kekkonen supported the establishing of
the park. He was one of the protectors of the
The park was a present for Urho Kekkonen’s
that is the reason why the parks name is
People of all nationalities have the right to enjoy the
Finnish countryside freely under the traditional
Finnish legal concept known as everyman’s right.
But together with these wide-ranging rights comes
the responsibility to respect nature, other people, and
property. Special regulations in national parks and
many nature reserves additionally limit activities such
as camping, hunting, the use of motor vehicles, and
access to sensitive areas during the nesting season.
Such restrictions are listed separately for each area.