Finland's 37 national parks are scattered around the country’s archipelago, lakes, forests, peat lands and fells, and showcase the areas’ various natural characteristics, such as rapids, rift valleys and eskers. The parks cover a total area of 8,873 square kilometres – 2.7% of Finland's total land area. The Finnish countryside offers nature-lovers many different kinds of experience. You can enjoy the scenery by land or by water at any time of the year. Thanks to free public access, hikers can roam the great outdoors nearly everywhere in Finland. Besides enjoying the scenery and spotting animals and plants, the parks present ideal opportunities for recreational activities like hiking, climbing, snowshoeing and other outdoor pursuits.