Urho Kekkonen National Park

Coordinates: 68°20′N 028°00′E / 68.333°N 28.000°E / 68.333; 28.000
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Urho Kekkonen National Park
Paratiisikuru waterfall.JPG
The waterfall in Paratiisikuru (valley), in Urho Kekkonen National Park
Map showing the location of Urho Kekkonen National Park
Map showing the location of Urho Kekkonen National Park
Location in Finland
LocationLapland, Finland
Coordinates68°20′N 028°00′E / 68.333°N 28.000°E / 68.333; 28.000
Area2,550 km2 (980 sq mi)
Visitors289000 (in 2009[2])
Governing bodyMetsähallitus

Urho Kekkonen National Park (Finnish: Urho Kekkosen kansallispuisto, Northern Sami: Urho Kekkonen álbmotmeahcci) is a national park in Lapland, Finland, situated in area of municipalities of Savukoski, Sodankylä and Inari. Established in 1983 and covering 2,550 square kilometres (985 sq mi), it is one of Finland's largest protected areas. It is named after Urho Kekkonen, late President and Prime Minister of Finland.

The Suomujoki river flows through the northern parts of the diverse park. The marked paths in its western part are an easy destination even for the inexperienced backpacker, whereas the wilderness is good for long and demanding trips.

Most trips to Urho Kekkonen National Park are started from the Kiilopää fell center, the Aittajärvi lake along the Suomujoki river, or Raja-Jooseppi, and backpackers usually end up nearby the Saariselkä fell line, for instance on the top of its highest fell, Sokosti. Reindeer herding is still a common livelihood in the area.

Paratiisikuru valley in the middle of the Saariselkä fell line, seen from the top of Ukselmapää fell.

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  1. ^ Protected Planet. "Urho Kekkosen kansallispuisto". United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Retrieved 26 Dec 2018.
  2. ^ "Käyntimäärät kansallispuistoittain 2009" (in Finnish). Metsähallitus. Retrieved September 29, 2010.

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