The Arctic Lakeland Kainuu region is the northernmost part of the Finnish Lakeland, right on the border with Lapland. There you will experience the best of both worlds: a holiday paradise with blue lakes in summer, a white wonderland with snow-covered forests in winter. The Arctic Lakeland offers a harmony of nature, culture, activities and sports. In the Paljakka and Wild Taiga Kuhmo-Suomussalmi holiday regions, visitors are provided with local and authentic experiences instead of mass tourism.
In Finland, natural biodiversity has long been promoted through the designation and maintenance of nature reserves. In Paljakka holiday resort, nature lovers will find two protected areas to explore: the “Paljakka Strict Nature Reserve“ and the Hepoköngäs Nature Reserve.
The “Paljakka Strict Nature Reserve“ is the only area in the Arctic Lakeland (even the only one in Southern Lapland) where there are still large areas of untouched forest. The Finnish “Strict Nature Reserves“ were established to protect and explore nature. Therefore most of these reserves – unlike national parks – are not open to the public. The “Paljakka Strict Nature Reserve“ is an absolute exception! Feel welcome to visit this unique reserve and get to know the untouched Finnish nature!
The Hepoköngäs Nature Reserve was built around one of Finland's highest waterfalls. The Hepoköngäs waterfall of the same name is a popular destination for excursions with its 24 m drop. The waterfall is most impressive in spring and early summer, when the melt water makes the river swell. The thunder of the waterfall can be heard several hundred metres away. A well-developed, 600 m long footpath leads from a parking lot to the waterfall and offers several viewing platforms. The path is accessible to wheelchair users and is even kept clear of snow in winter.