Happy Father’s day to our Nordic friends! The second Sunday in November is celebrated as Father’s Day throughout Finland, Sweden and Iceland. Pull on your beanie and lace up your boots, these are our pick of the top spots for a hike in the Nordic corner of earth this Sunday.
Urho Kekkonen National Park, Finland
Hyvää Isänpäivää to Finnish fathers!
The Lapland region plays host to thousands of keen hikers each year, who trek through this unique landscape deep within Finland. Within Lapland, the Urho Kekkonen National Park (named for Finland’s longest-serving Prime Minister) is the second biggest national park in Finland. This National Park is where Finns and travellers alike come to explore a wild wonderland of fir trees and reindeers, and makes for a prime spot to take Dad this weekend.
For more information on exploring Urho Kekkoken National Park.
Happy Fars Dag to the Swedish Dads!
Trekking is a hugely popular pastime in Sweden, with good reason: some of the world’s most beautiful wilderness lies on Stockholm’s doorstep! The Uppsland Trail is one of Sweden’s most pristine, and offers the perfect way to spend Father’s Day. Get off the beaten track (literally) by exploring Florana nature reserve through untouched wetlands and forests. For something a bit different, you can take Dad canoeing down the Tämnarån river and experience the countryside by boat!
For more information on hiking the the Uppsland Trail.
Snæfellsnes peninsula, Iceland
Happy Feðradagurinn Icelandic fathers!
The Snæfellsnes peninsula on the west coast of Iceland often leaves travellers speechless at the sight of Snæfellsjökull volcano, the tallest mountain in Iceland. This long-dormant volcano poses no danger of erupting while you trek, and is more likely to be snow-capped. Hiking to the glacier-covered summit is an all-day adventure, but Snæfellsjökull is surrounded by pristine national parks that are ripe for adventuring. We recommend exploring the Djupalonssandur pebbled beach, where rock formations erupt from the shore and fishermen used to prove their strength by competing to see who could lift the heaviest rocks. Be careful to look after your backs and leave the heavy rocks where they lay!
For tips and treks on exploring Iceland’s west coast.