Kuusamo's nature and climate are truly spectacular. Almost 90% of Kuusamo is forest and numerous rivers flow through the region. 166 lakes are also located in the area. Situated on plateau, Kuusamo is one of the hilliest places in Finland. This makes the climate unique, winters are very cold and Kuusamo receives one of the highest amounts of snowfall in Finland. Summers are mild and somewhat rainy with occasional heatwaves. Kuusamo is also the home to many types of wild animals. Reindeer, bears, and moose are common. Various types of fish are found in the numerous lakes, rivers, creeks and ponds in the area.