Region covered by this guide
This guide covers the entire Finnish province of Lapland plus the adjacent region of Kuusamo, near the Russian border. There are many large National Parks and wilderness areas within this region. Some of the most important ones that feature in this guide are:
- Oulanka National Park
- Riisitunturi National Park
- Pyhä-Luosto National Park
- Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park
- Uhro Kekkonen National Park
- Lemmenjoki National Park
- Inari Lapland
- Kevo Strict Nature Reserve
The Crossbill Guide is a thorough and practical guide for naturalists and nature lovers. It offers background information and detailed routes and site descriptions, plus tips on finding and watching all kinds of wildlife. Each route offers descriptions of where to find birds, wildlife and wildflowers and shows you the characteristics of the landscape and geology. The book offers a mix of walking routes and car itineraries with stops and short walks. Although some are challenging, all the walks in this book are designed to explore the landscape and find birds and wildlife rather than simply covering ground.
About Finnish Lapland
Lapland’s landscape consists of a mosaic of coniferous forests, mires and lakes. This woodland tapestry, punctuated by open water and peat, is called taiga. Towards the north and west, the barren rounded hills (fells, tunturi in Finnish) become increasingly frequent.
Finnish Lapland has a superb birdlife. The birds of this northern land include Parrot Crossbill, Pine Grosbeak, Waxwing, Siberian Jay and Siberian Tit, to name a few.
About the author
Dirk Hilbers (NL, 1976), set up the Crossbill Guides Foundation and travels Europe to research the guidebooks. This is the is the 9th guide on which he has worked. As a biologist, when not in the field, Dirk Hilbers is a free-lance writer and lecturer in the field of environmental ethics.