Why now: Finns will celebrate 100 years of independence in 2017 in a very Finnish way with four nationwide Nature Days celebrating outdoor activities available in each season. The Nordic country also plans to designate Hossa Hiking Area as its 40th national park in honor of its centennial.
What to see: Hossa (located near the Russian border in the Oulu region) is much more than a haven for hikers; it's also ideal for fishing and canoeing, with a number of crystal-clear rivers and lakes that are easily navigable. You can similarly follow in the footsteps of Finland's Stone Age settlers and explore the shamanistic paintings they created thousands of years ago on the Värikallio Cliffs.
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