Directions

By Car

  • To reach the southern Saari-Kiekki starting point for the hiking trail, take the Kuhmo - Hukkajärvi road (No. 9121) from the centre of Kuhmo and drive 42 km eastwards, after which you should turn left (to the north) to Juntintie Road. Drive 13 km and turn right (to the east), following the signposts to the Elimyssalo Nature Reserve. The parking area is at the end of a 1-km long forest road.

    Map of the surroundings of Elimyssalo Nature Reserve © Metsähallitus 2009

  • In winter, the Juntti forest road is not ploughed if Metsähallitus is not cutting down trees near Elimyssalo.

  • To reach the northern Viiksimo starting point, take the Suomussalmi road (No. 912) and drive north for about 30 km, after which you should turn right to Viiksimontie Road. After about 30 km, you will reach an old border guard station. Turn right to the forest road. After about a kilometre, there is a signposted forest road turning right (to the south). The starting point for the trail is located at the end of the road.

  • Viiksimontie Road is ploughed in winter, but the forest road leading to the northern starting point for the Elimyssalo hiking trail is not ploughed.

  • The road between Juntinvaara and Juntinsalo in the northwestern part of Elimyssalo, shown in older maps, has been cut off.

  • The Elimyssalo Nature Reserve extends to the border between Finland and Russia. You are not allowed to enter the frontier zone without permission from the Border Guard. The zone is clearly marked on the maps of the area.

  • Driving directions to Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola.

By Public Transportation

Elimyssalo cannot be reached by public transport.

Starting Points for Excursions

  • Parking areas and information points are located in Saari-Kiekki in the southern part of the area and Viiksimo in the northern part of the area. The starting points for trails can also be found in the same places.

Maps

Electronic Maps

Map of Elimyssalo Nature Reserve © Metsähallitus 2008

Other Maps

  • Terrain maps Q543 Kiekinkoski, Q544 Kauronkylä, 1:50 000. The maps are sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland.

  • Terrain maps Q5432 Niemiskylä, Q5441 Kalliojoki, 1:25 000. The maps are sold by well-stocked bookstores, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland.

  • Terrain maps 4431 05 and 4431 06+09, 1:20 000. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus, the National Land Survey of Finland,  Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola and by well-stocked bookshops.

  • Terrain map 4431 Kiekinkoski, 1:50 000. The map is sold by Karttakeskus, the National Land Survey of Finland and well-stocked bookstores.

  • GT tiekartta Itä-Suomi: GT Roadmap Finland East, 2010, 1:250 000. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.

  • Forest Map 13/14, 1:200 000. Metsähallitus. The map is sold by Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola.

Map Sales Points


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