Outdoor activities for all
Suomen Latu - the Outdoor Association of Finland is a national non-profit organisation founded in 1938. Suomen Latu has a unique role as the largest outdoor organisation in Finland and the number of individual members is growing totalling more than 90 000 members in 182 local associations. You can search for a local association nearest to you on our member club search. We publish the magazine Latu ja Polku, which is the biggest outdoor magazine in Finland with 140 000 readers.
Our mission is to promote outdoor recreation and a physically active lifestyle for all. Our activities cover all seasons and are adapted for all ages. Traditional activities such as hiking and skiing remain popular and new ones, such as well-being from nature, mushroom trips and activities for families have taken root. All in all Suomen Latu promotes 15 activities nationally by organizing training and supporting the volunteers. Member associations organize activities based on the local interests and conditions.
According to our vision, everybody can find a meaningful way to engage in outdoor activities and enjoy nature. Suomen Latu is a recognised advocate for outdoor activities. Our members promote outdoor activities and enjoy nature in a sustainable way.
Everybody has an opportynity to outdoor activities
Outdoor activities increase well-being. Everyone living in Finland should have the right and opportunity to enjoy outdoors. In their own place, at their own level, alone or together.
We respect the environment
Experiences gained in nature strengthen a sustainable relationship with nature and environment. Responsible outdoor recreation means environmentally responsible actions, upholding the rights and responsibilities of everymansrights and avoiding the wear and tear of nature. Nature and outdoor activities should be enjoyed in such a way that future generations are not deprived of the opportunity to do so.
A community open to everyone
It is easy to get involved in Suomen Latu's activities. Mutual respect and acceptance of differences are important to us. We are open about decisions, funding and influences related to our activities. We are good partners for the general public, stakeholders, media and financiers.
We value volunteering
Suomen Latu's operation is based on strong local volunteerism. Volunteering must be rewarding and effortless. The operating conditions of voluntary work in Finland must be secured.
We are brave and reforming
Society changes and so do we. Suomen Latu wants to maintain its relevance in the future. We follow what is happening in time and what moves people. We innovate as a community. We make bold choices reaching into the future and we try new things out of curiosity.
Suomen Latu in Numbers (2021)
Founded in 1938
182 local member associations
90 000 individual members
1144 active instructors in member associations
11 400 events
319 000 participants in events
Reasons to join us
Get some fresh air!
We love to exercise – and we love to do it outdoors.
Take part in Finland’s largest outdoor community and become a member in one of the Suomen Latu member clubs.
Have an impact on outdoor recreation politics in Finland with us.
Become our Member
Suomen Latu is an expert organisation and promoter of outdoor activities. We are an organisation open to all. Our goal is to increase interest in outdoor exercise as well as develop possibilities for outdoor life and recreational exercise.
Become our member by joining one of our member clubs. We are sorry to inform that we can provide the membership application only in Finnish.