Urho Kekkonen National Park is an inviting place for visitors to hike during all seasons. The sun-lit nights of spring and summer, bright changing colours of autumn and calming darkness of the Polar Nights (kaamos) help visitors gather their strength, while hiking and experiencing this forest wilderness, which is unique in Europe. The western side of the park has marked trails, which make it easy for even the inexperienced backpacker to move around. Alternatively it is possible to go on long and demanding hikes in the park’s wilderness zones. Sompio Strict Nature Reserve and Urho Kekkonen National Park have a mutual border. An old trail called Ruija Trail leads across the strict nature reserve.
Urho Kekkonen National Park is one of Finland’s largest protected areas. The huge expanse of the park covers magnificent fells, broad mires and backwoods. Reindeer husbandry, hunting and fishing have long traditions in the region. They have left their mark in the form of hole traps, reindeer fences, herders’ huts and restored Koltta Sámi settlements. Reindeer husbandry is to this day the main source of livelihood in the region.
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