Urho Kekkonen National Park – Finland

Urho Kekkonen National Park in Finland, is the first stop of my road trip that brought me far above the arctic circle!
First time ever visiting Finland, I went there to see the autumn colors, photograph wildlife, hike a lot and discover the country.
Despite I was unlucky with the weather (wind, cold and rain), the colorful landscapes were very astonishing, and it was incredible to hike there.
I was hoping to watch northern lights, but it was too cloudy at night.

Part of finnish Lapland, Urho Kekkonen National Park was established in 1983 and covers 2,550km2.
It includes the Sompio Strict Nature Reserve, where most of the pictures below were taken.

Watching reindeer in the wild, and also lucky to spot an eagle flying in the foggy sky, I enjoyed to encounter wildlife in Finland for the first time.
Here are some pictures taken during my two days of hiking in the beautiful scenery that Finnish Lapland offers.

I hope you liked my photos of Urho Kekkonen National Park in Finland, and enjoyed the autumn colors in Lapland.
First stop of my road trip in Finland, more articles are coming!
Maybe they will motivate you to visit this beautiful country and discover its impressive nature and wildlife.

Caribou and Reindeer are sharing the same genus, Rangifer, and species name, tarandus. The biggest difference between reindeer and caribou is the domestication.
Only in North America are wild Rangifer referred to as caribou. In Eurasia, reindeer are classified as either wild or domesticated.

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