Patvinsuo National Park

Geocaching Ski cross-country off trails  Fishing Birdwatching Walk on a nature trail Visit a Nature Information Hut Canoeing Sights and scenery Guided group tours Hiking Biking Pick berries and mushrooms Hiking       
The Emblem of Patvinsuo National Park - BearScanning the open marshes of Patvinsuo you might be lucky enough to see a distant bear, though bears typically do their best to avoid people. From viewing towers you can overlook the changing marshland scene on misty autumn mornings, light summer nights, or in the springtime when birds flock to the bogs to feed and breed. After a nice walk take a cooling dip by a sandy shore or the lakeside sauna at Suomunjärvi.

Explore Open Bogs and Sandy Shores in Bear Country

Location of Patvinsuo National Park in FinlandLocation: In North Karelia Region in the areas of Lieksa (www.lieksa.fi,in Finnish) and Ilomantsi (www.ilomantsi.fi, in Finnish). Read more

Arrival: By car. Read more

Activities: Hiking, birdwatching, canoeing. Read more

Sights: Lake Suomunjärvi with sandy beaches, wide expanses of mires with their natural products, large predators. Fishermen's sauna at Kuikkaniemi Bay. A charcoal pit and war history. Read more

Suitability: Suitable for visitors of all ages all year. Access for wheelchairs, if assisted, from Suomu Nature Information Hut to the campfire site by Lake Suomunjärvi.

Services: Suomu Nature Information Hut and café, guided tours in nature, campfire sites, cooking shelters, camping sites, a lean-to-shelter, Suomu House for rent, in summer, indoor accommodation in Suomu Nature Information Hut, saunas for rent, dry toilets, caravan parking area, equipment rental, study material for nature schools and environmental education. Services of cooperating partners are also available. Read more

Trails: A total of some 80km of marked circular trails and nature trails (3–25km), connection to the extensive Karelian Circuit network of hiking trails. Read more


This is the web page www.nationalparks.fi/patvinsuo

Self-guided Tour: "Blue Finland"

Pdf-file 1,6 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

Part of the North Karelian Biosphere Reserve

Patvinsuo National Park is part of the North Karelian Biosphere Reserve (www.kareliabiosphere.fi), which also includes Petkeljärvi National Park, Koivunsuo Strict Nature Reserve and Kesonsuo Nature Reserve.

The goal of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme is to develop the living conditions of the area's inhabitants while maintaining the protection of nature and the environment.

Customer Service

Suomu Nature Information Hut
(during the summer)

Tel. int. +358 50 372 6242

Accomodation reservations in english by email

thturunen(at)gmail.com

Tel. int. + 358 206 39 5654
ukko(at)metsa.fi

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