Paanajärvi National Park, Russia
Situated near to the Russian-Finnish border, this park boasts 600 lakes and is regarded as ancient Sami land. The total area of the park is 104,000 hectares, of which 96% is wilderness area
Highlights: Plunge into the clear waters of Lake Paanajärvi, climb one of Karelia's highest mountains, or use a kayak to get close to some of the park's many species of bird.
Getting there: The closet airport is Kuusamo (Finland), from where it is a 150 km drive to the park.