Hiking in Finland

Climbing, bikepacking, skiing & packrafting in the north


I’m Hendrik Morkel, the author of Hiking in Finland. A European by heart I live since 2002 in Finland, though my parents are Dutch & German. I started this blog in the spring of 2009, after reading many interesting outdoor blogs and being inspired by them. Seeing that there was no blog about backpacking in Finland which is in English, I took the duty upon myself to present this beautiful country and show what it has to offer to backpackers, climbers, bikepackers, skiers, cyclists and packrafters. You will read here about my adventures in Finland, Sweden, Norway and the rest of the world, as well as gear reviews, videos and interviews.

Since 2010 I write for various outdoor magazines and websites. I have written and photographed for NORR, Alpin, klettern, trekking Magazin, Bike & Travel, Climb, Snow Enthusiast, Mountain Pro, Outhdoor Enthusiast and Adventure Travel. I also have published my first book, a guide book about the Pirkan Taival Trail and am working on my second guide book.

You can follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Facebook and Google+. If you got a question or comment, please feel free to contact me.

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One Percent for the Planet

Since 2011 Hiking in Finland is a proud One Percent for the Planet member and has supported the John Muir Trust with donations.


I’m a gear geek who has started with hiking & backpacking and have evolved into pursuing many other outdoor pursuits. I love the mountains, sea and forests equally and can be found ski-touring, packrafting, cycling, backpacking, climbing & mountaineering in them. Because I spend at least 3 months each year outdoors I have a lot of experience with outdoor gear, and am happy to help you develop, test and review your equipment. If you’re an outdoor brand or PR company please contact me to inquire about me helping you developing your gear or testing it.

Gear Reviews

I regularly receive product samples, hundreds of press releases, and attend events that I feel are relevant to me and to my readers. This is to keep me updated and to monitor trends and developments in areas related to my interests. However, a free sample or a visit to an event is not a guarantee for visibility, they are a prerequisite for writing and, therefore, I do not guarantee any visibility on the blog or in my other channels. For guaranteed visibility a cooperation is required.

A cooperation means that I receive compensation for my work, and I only cooperate with brands that I can identify with and that are relevant to my readers. A collaboration does not affect my opinion or values about the products, these are always my own and can not be bought. To be clear to my readers and to comply with the current developments in terms of transparency, every cooperation is clearly disclosed by a Disclaimer at the start of an article as such.

I only review equipment that I have actually used for a considerable amount of time outdoors, normally that means at least several weeks, if not months. My reviews take their time but they are very detailed and accurate. Both as a blogger and journalist I am independent and test gear throughly so you get honest and impartial views.

Press Trips

I spend every month at least one week outdoors, from Norway to Portugal, from Iceland to Russia, Japan, Canada and beyond. If you’d like me to visit your region so I can write a trip report about it please contact me to discuss it further.

Packrafting & Camping

Transparency & the Outdoor Blogger Codex

I adhere to the Outdoor Blogger Codex and declare if an article is sponsored, if an item has been provided free of charge to me and if there’s affiliate links in an article.

This website uses affiliate links from AvantLink and its partners. If you buy outdoor equipment via one of the Partner Links at Backcountry.com, Bergfreunde.de, Bergzeit.co.uk CampSaver.com, Cotswold Outdoor, Eastern Mountain Sports, GearTrade.com, Globetrotter.de, Goal Zero, Klymit, PackingLight.com, Patagonia, REI.com, Salomon, Sierra Designs, Sierra Trading Post, Suunto, ULA Equipment and a few more I earn a small commission without any extra fees for you. It helps to fund the content on the website and the running costs.

If you’d like to buy one of the Banner Spaces on the right, please Email me to inquire about the Press Kit and prices.

Common Sense

While I try to, I can not guarantee for the correctness of the information on this website. I am not responsible for any injuries you may incur by following gear advice or attempting the same activities. Use common sense - stay within your abilities, and if you want to push your limits do so under the supervision of an expert.

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