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IUCN Cat.: II
Surface Area: 3.000,00 ha
Establishment: 1991
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Koli is the National Park of forested hills. Koli, with its art inspiring lookout points, white quartzite cliffs, wilderness-like Lake Pielinen, slash-and-burn woodlands and traditional landscapes, as well as, its excellent hiking trails, skiing trails and versatile services, is a wonderful destination be it for a day trip or a wilderness trek.

Koli is one of Finland’s best known national landscapes. Though the area is small it is a treasure chest when it comes to natural features: rare geological features, a versatile array of animal species and an abundance of plant species. Koli also has a lot to offer cultural heritage-wise. It has once been a sacrificial site and after that was used for slash-and-burn agriculture and as a place of pilgrimage for Finnish artists in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. It was also the centre of heritage and culture for the area around it.

Traditional agricultural heritage is cherished in Koli. A part of the fields are slashed, burnt and re-cultivated and hay is cut each year. Traditional Finnish livestock breeds, cows and sheep, graze in the National Park’s meadows. Tourism and conservation have both been taken into account in the park’s care and management plan. The National Park’s main purposes are to function as a place of research and nature education.

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