Walking Birdwatching Sightseeing Walk on a nature trail  Ski cross-country off trails Fishing Bär- och svampplockning

What Can One Do in Hirvisuo Mire Reserve?

Walk on Marked Trails

There are one trail within Hirvisuo Mire Reserve; a 1-km-long nature trail. Trail is not demanding. The portions of trail leading across mire have duckboards. Rubber boots are appropriate footwear especially during the spring floods.

Go Bird Watching

Visitors can observe the area's diverse bird population from the bird watching tower at the south end of the mire reserve.

See the Sights and Scenery

A magnificent view of open mires and the water birds, geese and swans living there opens from the top of the reserve's bird watching tower.

Galerucella sagittariae is the emblem animal of Ötökkäpolku Nature Trail. Drawing: © Ilkka Karttunen

Walk on Nature Trail

  • Ötökkäpolku ("Bug Trail") Nature Trail a 1-km-long nature trail with duckboards starts off at Hirvisuo parking area. The trail's humorous information boards feature the area's diverse insect population.

Ski Cross-country off Trails

There are no regularly maintained skiing trails in Hirvisuo Mire Reserve, but skiing is allowed in the entire area. You can either ski through soft snow on long forest skis or wait until the snow cover is frozen and hard enough to ski on top of. The area offers fantastic winter scenery, which is best seen on skis.

Go Fishing

Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are permitted as Everyman's Rights (www.environment.fi) in the mire reserve's waters. Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

Go Berry and Mushroom Picking

  • Hirvisuo Mire Reserve is a great place to go searching for cloudberries (Rubus chamaemorus). The mires in the south part of the reserve are easy to cross.
  • You should have proper gear such as rubber boots and a map with you when setting off to go berry or mushroom picking.
  • Berry and mushroom picking are permitted in the entire area.