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Hiking Routes in Ruka and Kuusamo

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.

RUKA HIKING ROUTES: 

Short Routes at Ruka
There are four short routes in the Central Ruka area, ranging in length and degree of difficulty. These routes are clearly signposted to ensure safe and trouble-free independent trekking and they include:

•   The fell route in the terrain of Fell Ruka
•   The children’s route to the stadium
•   The Valkeisenvaara route (combined with the Stadium route)
•   The Kalliolampi Pond route, which partly follows the cycling paths in the area
•   The wilderness route of Fell Valtavaara

Rukatunturi Trail for Disabled 
Starting point: Top of Juhannuskalliontie road
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 km
This route is available with a wheelchair or stroller. Route is approximately 3 meters wide, gravel based. Not a ring route. Scenery spot near the highest peak of Ruka.

Sinipyrstön pyrähys (Konttainen)

Fell Ruka - Fell Valtavaara - Fell Konttainen - Fell Ruka
The route takes you from the hotels in the Central Ruka area to the tallest fells in Kuusamo and back again. From the brows of fell Ruka and Fell Valtavaara you can admire the fantastic scenery at a height of 490 m. At the northernmost point of the trail, you will reach the majestic top of Fell Konttainen at 423 m. Suitable places for resting and picnics include the organic lean-to shelter and the park ranger’s hut at Suolampi, as well as the bivouac of Valtavaara where you may catch sight of rare birds, such as the red-flanked bluetail, greenish warbler and three-toed woodpecker. 
Starting point: Fell Ruka
Degree of difficulty: Demanding; craggy terrain with notable height differences
Duration: 5 hours
Length: Total of 14 km
Alternative route: starting from the Vuotunki-Virkkula road - Konttainen - Vuotunki-Virkkula road
How to get there from Kuusamo: Kemijärventie road (5) past Ruka - Vuotunki-Virkkula road, along which there is a small parking area on the left side of the road after passing crossroads of the Karhunkierros Trail. 

Juhannuskallio trail (green route signs)

Departure: at to top of Juhannuskalliontie road
You can access Juhannuskallio trail from Ruka village by using the Rukatunturi service road network. Nature trails at Juhannuskallio.
Services: RukaPeak terrace and restaurant open in July –
August (cafeteria and lunch services).
Distance covered (from Ruka village): 2.5 km

Pyhän Jyssäys

Pyhän Jyssäys trail starts from the crossroads in Plantingintie road and Petäjänkuja 1. This trail takes you to the top oh Pikku-Pyhävaara Hill. One the way you can follow poles with green and red reflective tape.
Starting point: Plantingintie (The closest address for navigator system is Plantingintie 1)
Degree of difficulty:  moderately demanding
Duration: 2-3 h
Length: 7 km
Services: Two lookout points with benches, kota “Lappish hut” and a campfire site on the top of Pikku-Pyhävaara Hill.

Pieni Karhunkierros

Niskakoski-Myllykoski-Aallokkokoski-Jyrävä-Harrisuvanto-Juuma (circle route)
Along the route you can see those wonderful foaming rapids. The route is moderately demanding but worth the effort. Attraction points along the route are Niskakoski, Myllykoski, Aallokkokoski and Jyrävä with amazing views. Guidemap can be purchased at the customer service points in the area.
Starting point: Basecamp Oulanka, Retkietappi Juuma
Transport: Ruka-Juuma 20 km
Degree of difficulty: moderately demanding, rapids along the route, hanging bridges, swamps, steep cliffs
Duration: 5 h
Length: 12 km
How to get there from Kuusamo: Kemijärventie road (number 5) – Juumantie road and following the signs to Basecamp Oulanka and Retkietappi.

Pieni Karhunkierros - luontoon.fi

Pieni Karhunkierros; short version

Retkietappi Juuma-Niskakoki-Myllykoski-Jyrävä-same route back
Experience Jyrävä’s amazing waterfall and at some points collapsed cliffs. Stop at the campfire to admire Myllykoski.
Starting point: Basecamp Oulanka, Retkietappi Juuma
Transport: Ruka-Juuma 20 km
Degree of difficulty: Easy, climping under the Jyrävä is moderately demanding
Duration: 4 h without rushing with the kids, promptly advanced 2h
Length: 6 km from Retkietappi, 5 km from Basecamp Oulanka
How to get there from Kuusamo: Kemijärventie road (number 5) – Juumantie road and following the signs to Basecamp Oulanka and Retkietappi.

ROUTES IN OULANKA NATIONAL PARK 

Kanjonin kurkkaus 

Border of Oulanka National Park - Oulanka Canyon - returning through the same route
You will walk through impressive scenery of cliffs and rocks. The Savinajoki and Oulankajoki rivers run into Savilampi Pond and continue from there as one: the grand Oulankajoki River. Right at the river delta is the wondrous Oulanka Canyon, where (about 2 km from the starting point) you will find the Savilampi hut, breathing the timelessness of a bygone world. If you walk upstream along Savinajoki River, you will be able to marvel at the famous Rupakivi, a tall stone bolder in the middle of the river.
Starting point: Urriaapa, Savilampi at the edge of the national park
Transport: Ruka - Urriaapa, Savilampi 59 km
Degree of difficulty: Medium
Duration: 5 hours
Length: 6 km
How to get there from Kuusamo: Kemijärventie road (number 5) - Sallantie road (950), from which along the signs of "Oulangan Kanjoni".     

Kiutaköngäs Trail, 1 km / Direction 

Available all year round
Travel time 1 h
Category: Easy trail easy 
This scenic trail is an excellent day-trip destination, all year round.

Hiiden hurmos Trail, 5 km, Circle Trail 

Available all year round, in summer it is a hiking trail and in winter a snowshoe trail.
Travel time 2‒3 h
Category: Intermediate trail 

Könkään kuohu Trail, Accessible to All, 100 m / Direction 

Available when the ground is unfrozen
Travel time 15 min
Category: Easy trail; easy accessible / wheelchair trail 

Napapiirin nopia, Accessible Trail, 500 m / Direction

Available when the ground is unfrozen
Travel time 0.5‒1 h
Category: Easy trail; Easy accessible / wheelchair trail

More about Oulanka routes

OTHER ROUTES IN KUUSAMO: 

Kuntivaara Trail

The path starts on the east side of the fell. It is well marked. There is a Lappish kota-type shelter on the top of the fell, from where you have a breathtaking view to the Nuorunen fell in the East, to the Salla fells and to the Iivaara fell in the South.
Starting point: Along the nearest road to Kuntivaara (signs lead you there)
Degree of difficulty: Easy - suitable for children even if it's a little bit uphill
Length: 1.7 km
How to get there from Kuusamo: Vuotungintie road (8690) and following the signs to Kuntivaara to get there.

Suininki Game Trail

The path is located ca 20 km to the North-East from Kuusamo town. The game path gives a good overall picture about forestry and preservation of game in Kuusamo. The information boards along the route give more detailed information.
Starting point: Vaimosuontie road
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Length: 5 km
How to get there from Kuusamo: Vuotungintie road (8690) - Vaimosuontie road, along which the route starts. 

Iirinki Day Trip Trail 9 km

Duration: 4-5 hours
Starting point: Iivaara parking area (Iivaaran Eräkartano)
Services: Iivaara campfire site, Näätälampi hut
Sights: Iivaara fell, sceneries to east

Vanttaja-Lahtela Trail

It is located ca 13 km to the South of Kuusamo town. Along the trail there are remains of Salpalinja, a fortified defence line reaching from the South of the country all the way up to Kuusamo and further north. The visitors can see trenches, collapsed machine gun nests and blown up concrete bunkers, remains of a narrow gauge railroad built by the German troops during the war (time of building 1941-1944), and also places and remains related to a system of moving logs from one waterway to another by lake draining to the desirable direction (in operation btw. 1923-1929). The path runs from Lahtela to Lake Vanttajanjärvi. There are information boards along the path. The texts are in Finnish, German and English.
Starting point: Lahtela village
Degree of difficulty: Fairly easy, but more suitable for adults because of the topic of the path.
Length: One way 4.5 km, return 9 km.
How to get there from Kuusamo: Kajaanintie road (number 5) about 6 km - Lämsänkyläntie road about 6 km. 

Närängänvaara Routes

There are actually two routes on Näränkä area: Näränkä Route goes over the Hyöteikönsuo swamp to the Näränkä farm (an old farm on top of the fell) to the border line and down to the Hyöteikönsuo swamp again. This route is appr. 11-15 km long depending on the starting point. Fell Route (Vaaranreitti) goes around the Näränkä farm past the Kirkkokallio and Yheksänsylenkallio sightseeing spots. Vaaranreitti is about 3 km long. 
Starting point: Along the Närängänvaarantie road
Degree of difficulty: Intermediate (there are some mosquitos in the swamp area)
Length: Fell Route 3 km, Näränkä Route 11-15 km
How to get there from Kuusamo: Kajaanintie road (5) - Kerontie road (8421) - Kurvisentie road, from which along the signs to Närängänvaara. 

Ölökynähkäys Trail

The trail follows the steep banks of the Canyon Lake Julma Ölkky. The starting and finishing point is located nearby a boat service. You can also combine this route with the routes in Hossa area.  
Starting point: Along the Julma Ölkkyntie road.
Degree of difficulty: Fairly easy.
Length: 10 km
How to get there from Kuusamo: Kajaanintie road /5) - Kerontie road (8421) - Kurvisentie road (843) - Julma- Ölkkyntie road. Or alternatively following the road to Kajaani even further and then Selkoskyläntie road - Kurvisentie road (843) - Julma- Ölkkyntie road.