Explore the wonders of nature
The best way to explore the exotic features of the North is to go hiking. The hiking routes provide a splendid setting for discovering the small and great secrets of nature.
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Day trip trails and long hikes
Karhunkierros is the famous hiking route in Finland, but there are plenty of other trails and nature sites in Kuusamo. Canyons, rivers, rapids, forests and fjells invite hikers for shorter and longer trips.
All hiking trails mentioned on this page are also available during winter, except Valtavaara trail traveling partly on top of a ski trail. There are separate snowshoeing trails to Valtavaara during winter, too.
Unique nature of the Oulanka National Park
The sceneries and flora of the Oulanka National Park represent a unique river valley nature. Most of the national park is covered by old forests, offering a great setting for multiple rare species such as the Golden Eagle and Calypso Orchid.
80 kilometres of memorable sceneries in the Oulanka National Park.
The best parts of the Oulanka National Park along Kitka river.
Experience the charm of the rugged Oulanka river canyon.
Ruka area offers a lot of marked daytrip trails: Ruka round route, Rukatunturi route, Salmilamminkylä trail, Valkeisenvaara, Kalliolampi, and Kivilampi. All these (except Rukatunturi route) serve as ski trails during the winter. You can easily access the peak of Ruka by the Scenery Lift during the summer months. Here are a couple of tasters of the routes in Ruka area.
Ruka Easy Access
The sceneries of Ruka surroundings with only a short hike.
Experience the most demanding parts of Karhunkierros trail.
Admire the most beautiful sunset over the great Kitka lakes.
Get a new perspective to the views of Ruka area.
New for winter 2020-2021: Lammintupa Winter trail for fatbikers and walkers, 6 km
Lammintupa trail takes you from Uuttusuo ski trail Cafe to Lammintupa and back. This trail is available for bikers and walkers. This trail can be accessed via pedestrian routes from Ruka village and RukaValley (last section before Uuttusuo cafe travels along Vuosselinrinne road). Lammintupa offers a variety of joys such as delicacies at the cafe, reindeer sled rides, husky safaris and ice karting.
Sustainable hiking and camping
In order to help you understand and remember the everyday tips for sustainable travelling, we have gathered a video guidebook called the Traveller's Etiquette to the Land of National Parks.
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