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Winter in the Finnish wilds © Lassi Rautiainen/Minden Pictures
Don"t be fooled by this frozen scene"s tranquility. Once the snow melts in northern Finland"s Oulanka National Park, the river"s gentle swirl will turn to deafening rapids, hosting rafters as well as waterfall-peeping tourists. But there"s time to enjoy the winter calm, since the region"s wintry cold regularly stretches into April or May.