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

What can one do in Luiro Mires?

Walk on Marked Trails

  • The Sokanaapa Nature Trail, which is barrier-free, is the only actual trail in the area. There are Finnish-language information boards along the trail.

Sokanaapa nature trail. Photo: Juha Paso

Go Canoeing

  • The River Luirojoki, which flows through the area, is excellent for canoeing and offers a challenge even for experienced canoeists. A description of the River Luirojoki canoe route and maps can be found on the Savukoski tourist information website (www.savukoski.fi).

Go Canoe Trekking

  • Canoe excursions lasting several days can be executed along the River Luirojoki. The canoe route stretching from Lokka all the way to Pelkosenniemi is 144 km long in its entirety. The canoe route is suited for independent trekkers, who wish to enjoy the solitude of the wilderness and camp in a tent. A description of the canoe route and maps can be found on the Savukoski tourist information website (www.savukoski.fi).

Go Bird Watching

  • The Luiro Mires are a bird watchers paradise. A 600 metre long trail, which is covered by duckboards, leads from Savukoskentie road to the Sokanaapa bird watching tower. The tower is also accessible by wheelchair or with a baby pram. The best time for bird watchers to visit the area are spring and early summer. The bright translucent light during autumn changes the character of the mires, and a hike in the chilled autumn air through brightly coloured aapa bogs is an unforgettable experience. There is also a bird watching tower on the edge of Kairanaapa bog, which can be reached by following signposts from Luiro Village.

Walk on Nature Trail

  • The Sokanaapa Nature Trail, which is barrier-free, is the only actual trail in the area. There are Finnish-language information boards along the trail, which feature mire nature.

Ski Cross-country off Trails

  • There are no maintained ski trails in the area, but skiing off-trails in the wintry mires is a memorable experience.

Go Fishing

  • Hook and line fishing and ice fishing are permitted in the area as Everyman's Rights (www.environment.fi).
  • Lure fishing in state-owned waters in the area require a Metsähallitus recreational fishing licence (permit 1401). Additionally those wishing to lure fishing must also have paid the fishing management fee (www.eraluvat.fi). Permits can be bought from Metsähallitus netstore (www.eräluvat.fi).  
  • In the municipality of Pelkosenniemi fishing in private waters is possible with a permit from the Pelkosenniemi fishing cooperative.
  • Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

Go Hunting

  • Local residents are permitted to hunt freely in their home municipality in accordance to the 8 §: of Finland's Hunting Act.
  • Metsähallitus sells small game hunting permits for state-owned lands for the areas of Vintilä (permit-area 3609) and Läntinen Pelkosenniemi (permit-area 3614). Permits can be bought from Metsähallitus netstore (www.eräluvat.fi).  
  • Bear hunting is permitted in the reindeer husbandry area according to set quotas. Non-locals can purchase a personal bear hunting permit for the Metsähallitus owned area. Permits can be bought from Metsähallitus netstore (www.eräluvat.fi).  
  • In regard to moose hunting the state-owned lands can be used as hunting grounds.
  • Read more about hunting.

Go Berry and Mushroom Picking

  • Berry and mushroom picking are both permitted in the area with no restrictions. Berry pickers are most likely to find mire berries, such as cloudberries and cranberries.