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How to survive in Finnish nature

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Basics on survival in the Finnish forests

The How to Survive in Finnish nature Micro Course takes you to different parts of Finland from the sea to Lakeland and from the forests to the fells of Lapland. During this course, you will find out how diverse the Finnish nature is and learn how to be able to experience it by yourself.

This Micro Course provides you with all necessary information on how to make it through your first forest hikes by yourself. We will cover essential topics from the history of the lakes to how to safely start a campfire in the forest. You will be introduced to everyone’s rights in Finland.


This Micro Course consists of 7 parts which include videos, links, activating tasks and quizzes. The workload on this course is approximately 10 hours.

  • Introductory part
  • Everyone´s rights
  • National parks
  • Forest
  • Water
  • Fire


Completing this course involves 3 mandatory tests and 1 mandatory course feedback. Please go them through in the order of the Content page. This way you start with the basics and move on to the more challenging topics.


The Micro Course is assessed on the scale Pass/Fail. Receiving a certificate via email requires completing all mandatory activities, and at least 50% of them correctly.

Skills you gain

After completing the course, you are able to to answer to the following questions:

  • How and where to hike in Finland?
  • What am I allowed to do in the Finnish nature?
  • Where to find reliable information about national parks?
  • What should I take with me to the forest and what will be provided there?
  • How and where to start acampfire in the finnish forest?

About the instructor

Your instructor is Olli Järvenkylä, Wilderness Guide, Community Manager.


In case of questions on the course material or pedagogical content, please ask us through the email edufication@xamk.fi. We aim to answer within a week, and wish you an enjoyable learning experience.

If you want to receive a Certificate don’t forget to answer the course feedback.