Hiking Trails

Starting Points for Trails

  • Iirinki Trail can be accessed from the Hiltusentie parking area on the west side of the area.

Marked Trail

  • Iirinki Trail, 9 km, is a circular trail in the hill landscape of Iivaara. It is generally easy going, but has some demanding sections. The trail is marked with wooden poles with green reflectors. The trail begins from the parking area by Hiltusentie road, and has a vantage point, Iivaara campfire site, and Näätälampi open wilderness hut along the route. Starting and ending points: Hiltusentie parking area next to Lake Ahvenjärvi.

Hiking in Iivaara. Photo: Jyrki Mäkelä

Cross-country Skiing Trails

  • Iivaara Ski Trail, 40 km, is an easy trail that is open from 15 February to 30 April (or until there is enough snow for skiing). Around 11 km of the trail passes through the Iivaara area. The cross-country ski trail is not lighted. The skiing direction can be chosen freely. The ski trail is maintained by the City of Kuusamo using a snowmobile (manager's contact details: Iivaaran Eräkartano, tel. +358 40 359 0212 or Kimmo +358 400454 250).
    Description and map of the ski trail (www.kuusamo.fi).
    • Services: Lahtela, Mustavaara and Marjovaara lean-to shelters and café Iivaaran Eräkartano. There is a connecting ski trail (1.2 km) to Näätälampi open wilderness hut from the Iivaara Trail.
      Accommodation services: Iivaaran Eräkartano (www.iivaara.fi) tel. +358 40 359 0212
    • Sights: Iivaara
    • Connecting trails: There is a connecting trail to Muojärvi trail (40 km) from the Iivaara Trail. Further information of the trails in Kuusamo (www.kuusamo.fi).

Snowmobile Route

  • The snowmobile route from the north, 10 km, passes to Näätälampi open wilderness hut and further on to Murtovaara and Kuusamo either directly or via Lämsänkylä or Törmäsenvaara villages. Snowmobiling is free in Kuusamo for non-locals also.

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!