Petkeljärvi National Park

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The Emblem of Petkeljärvi National Park - Black-throated Diver Pine-clad esker ridges formed during the Ice Age rise over pristine blue lakes in this beautiful part of Finland's eastern borderlands, well worth a day trip or a longer stay. Don't miss the lively and picturesque old Karelian village of Möhkö near the park. The colourful history of the area during World War Two is also of interest.

Peaceful Esker Ridges and Lakes in the Karelian Borderlands

Location of Petkeljärvi National Park in FinlandLocation: In North Karelia Region in the area of Ilomantsi (, in Finnish). Read more

Arrival: By car and public transportation. Read more

Activities: Hiking, canoeing. Read more

Sights: Traces of the Ice Age: eskers, deep "suppa" holes in the esker and clear lakes of Kuikkalampi. Dry forests with shield bark pines, Continuation War battle trenches, Petkeljärvi Park Ranger's Cabin. Read more about nature and history

Suitability: Suitable for visitors of all ages all year. The Petkeljärvi Outdoor Centre and its immediate surroundings are suitable for visitors with mobility difficulties.

Services: Petkeljärvi Outdoor Centre (in May-August, accommodation and restaurant services and equipment rental), Nature Information Hut, sauna, a barbecue hut, camping site, toilets, a boat landing stage. Services of cooperating partners are also available. Read more

Trails: Around 10km of marked trails (2–6.5km), starting point of Taitajan taival Trail (31km). Read more

This is the web page

The area is managed by Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland. Address: Urheilukatu 3 A, 81700 Lieksa, Finland.

Self-guided Tour: "Blue Finland"

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Part of the North Karelian Biosphere Reserve

Petkeljärvi National Park is part of the North Karelian Biosphere Reserve (, which also includes Patvinsuo 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

Petkeljärvi Nature Information Hut
Petkeljärventie 61, Ilomantsi
Tel int. + 358 41436 1790

Tel. int. +358 206 39 5654


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