The town of Kajaani is the capital of the Kainuu region in the geographic heart of Finland. It is 35 miles north of Helsinki amid rivers, lakes and forests. With car hire in Kainuu you can explore the region. The natural highlights include ferries and bridges to tourist islands in Lake Oulujärvi, the protected forests of Talaskangas Nature Reserve and the Kajaani River, which is a favourite among anglers. Paltamo has one of Finland’s most scenic golf courses and the Lakeland views from the hills of Jättiläisenmaa are renowned. Look out too for the sandy beaches on the island of Manamansalo.