Ollila and Turula Farms

Location of Ollila and Turula farms in FinlandEastern Finland, North Karelia Region
Town of Lieksa (www.lieksa.fi)

The farm is managed by Metsähallitus and Elontila Ay.
 

Located at the north end of Koli National Park, the former slash-and-burn farms of Ollila and Turula are well worth visiting in the summer. From the farms' fields, where the landscape is managed by Finnsheep and Finncattle in the summer, there is a wide open view over the surrounding hills.

The Ollila farm is one of the five oldest farms in Koli. It was divided in two in 1937 to create the co-located Ollila and Turula farms. Together they form a valuable traditional landscape.

Management of the Traditional Swidden Landscape

Today, the management of the Ollila and Turula farms focuses on preserving the open landscape created by slash-and-burn agriculture. You can learn more about this technique by taking the Kasken Kierros trail, which runs through the farms.

Sheep in Ollila. Photo: Tiina Hakkarainen

Between 1998 and 2000, the farmyard's traditional landscapes were reconstructed. The grazing lands were cleared semi-open, and the fields, yards and paths were mowed. The old fence building tradition has been revived, and the fields are now fenced in the traditional eastern Finnish roundpole style in addition to the sheep wire fencing. Formerly, the purpose of the fences was to keep the cows grazing in the forests and out of the fields. There is also an old stone fence between the fields of Ollila and Turula.

Opening Hours

The Ollila and Turula farmyards are open to visitors year-round free of charge. In addition, the main building of Turula is rented out by the Koli Nature Centre Ukko to schools and associations for various activities, such as camps, in return for voluntary work.

Contact information

Visiting address: Ylä-Kolintie 12, FI-83960 Koli, Finland
Enquiries: Koli Nature Centre Ukko, tel. +358 206 39 5654, ukko(at)metsa.fi

Directions and Maps

A 1.5-kilometre long marked hiking trail runs from the village of Koli through the Mattila farm to the Ollila and Turula farms. If you are coming by car, drive the Ylä-Kolintie road from the village of Koli for a kilometre and then turn left at the sign to Mattila. Soon after the turn-off, there is a parking area for the Ollila, Mattila and Turula farms, from which it is a 300-metre walk to Ollila. You can walk from Ollila to Turula along the marked trail between the pasture fences. The distance is approximately 200 metres.

Electronic Maps

Services

Marked trails

The Ollila and Turula farms are located at the north end of Koli National Park along the marked hiking trails. For example, the Kasken Kierros Nature Trail featuring the slash-and-burn landscape runs through the farmyards. The farms are also directly connected to other trails of the park. The Ylä-Kolintie road from the village of Koli passes by the Ollila and Turula farms at a distance of a couple of hundred metres.

Campfire Site and Camping Site

There is a campfire site, firewood shed and dry toilet for hikers in the Turula farmyard. The meadow around the campfire site has been designated as a hiker campsite.  

Services for the Disabled

There are no services for the disabled in the area.

This is the webpage www.nationalparks.fi/ollilaandturulafarms