Lapland’s Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park is Finland’s oldest and most popular National Park visited 525,000 times in 2015. Parks & Wildlife Finland works in collaboration with local authorities, travel operators, the local reindeer herders’ association, and the Finnish Sámi Parliament to balance the needs of conservation and local development. Together they are developing year round tourism products such as 300 km of cross-country skiing tracks, 250 km of hiking trails and 70 resting places with toilets and fireplaces and the possibility to stay overnight - all for free.
Some 150 enterprises are also connected to the National Park. By facilitating coordination between villages and private entrepreneurs, it is becoming increasingly easy for walkers to pack up their luggage, head off walking and find their bags waiting at their next destination by the end of the day. This promotes longer visits to the park, distributes people and their spending, and connects local villages to one another.