Nature Lovers Will Go Wild for Finland's Newest National Park
Ancient rock paintings and scenic lakes are just some of the attractions.
Finland has an abundance of natural beauty, and people from all over the world travel to the northern European country to see the country’s striking snowcapped landscapes and vast lakes.
The country’s newest national park, Hossa, was christened just this year for the 100th anniversary of the independence of the nation from the Soviet Union, and the park is a must-see for any nature lover.
Hossa is situated approximately 450 miles east of Helsinki and its remote location contributes to the attraction, according to a BBC journalist who recently made the trek.
“It’s almost as if time stands still here, with nothing so much as a breeze disturbing the pristine, mirror-like lakes and pine-wooded eskers that extend as far as the eye can see,” she wrote.
The Julma-Ölky canyon lake and the nearly 5,000 year-old Stone Age rock art at Värikallio are two of the top attractions. Värikallio contains more than 60 rock paintings, depicting hunting and shamanic rituals painted sometime during the Stone Age.
Visitors to the village and park of Hossa can canoe, trek, swim, fish, and snowmobile. In the summer, the clear waters offer a place to cool off.
Hossa beat out Porkkala in Kirkkonummi southwest in the competition to achieve national park status.