Join a snowshoe excursion led by a guide or hire your own snowshoes and make your own adventure! Using snowshoes you will be able to reach the river valleys of the Oulanka National Park, the top of the Ruka fell or Pyhävaara hill.
Kiutaköngäs Trail (2 km)
is a viewing trail to the Kiutaköngäs rapids and can also be used in the winter. The Visitor Centre has the renewed exhibition “Keskellä virtaa joki” (A River Flows By). There is a campfire site at Kiutaköngäs where you can take a rest.
Hiiden hurmos (5 km)
will take you on an exploration of the diverse nature of Oulanka. The Kiutaköngäs rock formations stand as ancient characters and in mid-winter the rapids can even freeze over completely. In the open sections of the river you can the white-throated dipper or otter. A viewing tower, old reindeer enclosure and sheltered resting spot can be found along the route. The estimated time for completing the trail is approximately three hours, and the starting and departing point is the Oulanka Visitor Centre. The trail is marked in the terrain with snowflake symbols.
Oulanka Wilderness Trail (26 km)
from Juuma to Kiutaköngäs, you can admire the magnificent wintertime Oulanka using skis or snowshoes. The trail is maintained once a week during the period from mid-February to the end of April using a snowmobile and leveller. The route does not have a skiing track and is not illuminated. This trail is demanding due to its hilly and narrow characteristics. Along the route are the wilderness cabins Ansakämppä and Jussinkämppä.
Rytiniva Snowshoe Trail (1 km)
departs from the Karhunkierros Visitor Centre along the Karhunkierros Trail to the Rytiniva campfire site, from which it returns to the Visitor Centre. The trail is marked in the terrain with orange ribbons.
Iirinki (9 km)
The daytime trail of the Iivaara Hill beckons you to admire the landscapes of the old forests of southern Kuusamo with its heavily snow-laden trees. The trail is marked using wooden stakes with green reflective ribbons. The trail departs from the parking area located along the Hiltusentie road. Along the route you can find a viewing tower, Iivaara campfire spot and the Näätälampi wilderness cabin. Starting and finishing points: The parking area located along the Hiltusentie road next to the Ahvenjärvi Lake. The estimated time for completing the trail is 6–7 hours.
Pyhän Jyssäys (7 km)
The new day-trip trail for Ruka, Pyhän Jyssäys, takes snowshoe hikers from Pirunkallio close to the Ruka Village to the top of the Pikku-Pyhävaara hill to view the splendour of the Koillismaa highland landscapes. There is a kota shelter at the top of the hill. You should reserve 4–5 hours for this snowshoe trip. The trail is marked using wooden stakes with green reflective tape and a red reflective badge.
Riisin Rääpäsy (4,3 km)
Perhaps the most magnificent snowshoe hiking landscapes can be found from Riisitunturi. The trees heavily laden with snow make your imagination run wild among the fell highland tranquillity. In the moonlit skies above the Riisitunturi wilderness cabin you could be taken by surprise by the vibrant dance of the Northern Lights. The starting point is the Riisitunturi parking area that also has a sheltered guidance facility. You should reserve 3-4 hours for this snowshoe trip. Riisin Rääpäsy is marked with green terrain marks.