Starting Points for Trails 

Please note! The Noukavaara starting point has been taken out of use due to the poor condition of the road.

Riisitunturi National Park Map © Parks and Wildlife Finland 2014

Easy Trails   
 

Trail to Riisitunturi Open Wilderness Hut, 1,5 km / direction

Patikointi Tulentekopaikka Kuivakäymälä Pysäköinti Autiotupa Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 0.5–1 h. 
Category: Easy trail an easy trail 

The path to the Riisitunturi Open Wilderness Hut offers stunning views that stretch as far as the eye can see all year-round, and the enigmatic shapes formed by snow-crowned forests add to the magic in the winter.

Photo: Minna Koramo

Starting Point
The Riisitunturi starting point at the edge of the park.

There is space for dozens of cars and a few buses in the parking area.

Hiking Structures 
An information shelter and gate next to the parking area, including a dry toilet. There are duckboards and bridges along the trail. The Riisitunturi Open Wilderness Hut with a campfire site, woodshed and toilet. 

Trail Description 
Route markings: green paint on posts. 

The path to the Riisitunturi Open Wilderness Hut runs from the Riisitunturi starting point to the open wilderness hut, at first through coniferous forest then through hanging bogs. The route is mostly ascending when travelling towards the hut.

Please Note 
You should bring your own toilet paper.   


 

Riisin rääpäsy 4,3 km, circle trail

Patikointi Autiotupa Tulentekopaikka Kuivakäymälä Pysäköinti Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 2–3 h.
Category: Easy trail an easy trail 

See and experience the most fabulous vistas and views of Riisituturi. The trail is well suited for families with children and inexperienced hikers.

Photo: Natalia Popova

Starting Point 
The Riisitunturi starting point at the edge of the park.

There is space for dozens of cars and a few buses in the parking area.

Hiking Structures 
An information shelter and gate next to the parking area, including a dry toilet. There are duckboards and bridges along the trail. The Riisitunturi open wilderness hut with a campfire site, woodshed and toilet. 

Trail Description
Route markings: green paint on posts. 

The Riisin rääpäsy Trail is a scenic route to Riisitunturi Fell. The scenery along the way includes, for instance, vistas over the Kitkajärvi lakes, Ikkunalampi Pond, hanging bogs and the top of Riisitunturi Fell. 

Please Note 
Direction of travel: clockwise.
You should bring your own toilet paper. 


 

Other Hiking Trails
 

Riisin rietas 10,7 km, circle trail 

Patikointi Autiotupa Tulentekopaikka Kuivakäymälä Pysäköinti

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 4-5 h. 
Category: Easy trail an easy trail   

The longest day-trip trail in Riisitunturi National Park runs through fell tops, hanging bogs and forests. Riisin rietas has several rest spots suitable for a snack break. 

Photo: Minna Koramo

Starting Point 
The Riisitunturi starting point at the edge of the park.

There is space for dozens of cars and a few buses in the parking area. 

Hiking Structures 
An information shelter and gate next to the parking area, including a dry toilet. There are duckboards and bridges along the trail. The Riisitunturi Open Wilderness Hut with a campfire site, woodshed and toilet. 

Trail Description 
Route markings: green paint on posts. 

Riisin rietas is a slightly more challenging route. It winds through Riisitunturi's hill and fell area, offering spectacular views over the Koillismaa Region's landscape of lakes and forests. 

Please Note   
Direction of travel: clockwise.
You should bring your own toilet paper. 


 

Kirinkuoppa 7,0 km, circle trail

Patikointi Laavu Tulentekopaikka Kuivakäymälä Pysäköinti Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 2–3 h. 
Category: Intermediate trail an intermediate trail

Photo: Posio Travel Association

Starting Point 
Kirintövaara resort.

Hiking Structures 
The Kuoppavaara lean-to shelter. There is a dry toilet at the lean-to shelter.

Trail Description 
Route markings: green paint on posts. 

Starting from the direction of Kirintövaara, the Kirinkuoppa Trail offers a varied feast for the eye: Lake Kitkajärvi, Lake Posiojärvi, Kirintövaara Hill and a rocky old pine forest. 

Please Note   
Direction of travel: clockwise. 
You should bring your own toilet paper. 
 


 

Kirinmatala 10,9 km, circle trail

Patikointi Laavu Tulentekopaikka Kuivakäymälä Pysäköinti Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 3–4 h. 
Category: Intermediate trail an intermediate trail

Starting Point 
Kirintövaara resort. 

Hiking Structures 
The Kuoppavaara lean-to shelter, information boards. There is a dry toilet at the lean-to shelter. 

Trail Description 
Route markings: green paint on posts. 

The trail mostly runs through wooded wilderness in Posio, with occasional spots where the trees give way to impressive views over the area's fells and lakes.

Sights
Lake Kitkajärvi, Lake Posiojärvi, Kirintövaara Hill, Karitunturi Fell, as well as the rocky old pine forest and the stunted hilltop forest of Matalavaara Hill. 

Please Note  
Direction of travel: clockwise. 
You should bring your own toilet paper.  


 

Riisitunturin reitti 26 - 29 km / direction 

Patikointi Autiotupa Laavu Tulentekopaikka Kuivakäymälä Pysäköinti Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 1–2 days. 
Category: Intermediate trail an intermediate trail

Hike from Riisitunturi Fell to Kirintövaara Hill through a landscape of fells and hanging bogs.  

Photo: Minna Koramo

Starting Point 
The Kirintövaara, Riisitunturi or Noukavaara starting point. 

Hiking Structures 
Along the trail are the Riisitunturi Open Wilderness Hut, Karitunturi Day Trip Hut and Ahmatupa Open Wilderness Hut. There are dry toilets at the huts and starting points. 

Trail Description 
Trail markings: orange paint on wooden posts.

The trail runs across hilltops from the Noukavaara Hill in the north-east via Riisitunturi Fell to Karitunturi Fell in the south-west, with a trail connection to Kirintövaara from Karitunturi.

The trail is not a circle trail and can be travelled in either direction. The trail is suitable for a hiking trip lasting a couple of days. 

Please Note  
Direction of travel: clockwise. 
You should bring your own toilet paper. 


 

Skiing Trails
 

Riisin rykäsy 4 - 16,3 km / partly circle trail

Category: Intermediate trail an intermediate trail Demanding trail demanding

Starting Point 
The starting points are the Riisitunturi starting point and the Korpihilla café at Tolva village (www.korpihilla.fi), which also serves as a skiing trail café. 

Hiking Structures 
The Riisitunturi Open Wilderness Hut. There is a dry toilet at the hut. 

Trail Description 
The alternative skiing trails are:

  • parking area–Riisitunturi Open Wilderness Hut–parking area, 4 km
  • parking area–Riisitunturi–Tolva–Korpihilla–Tolva–parking area, 16.3 km 
  • Korpihilla–Tolva–Riisitunturi–Tolva–Korpihilla, 14.3 km   

More information and maps on Posio Travel pages (posiolapland.com). 

Please Note 
For the most part, Riisin rykäsy is an easy trail, but due to narrow and steep stretches, parts of the trail are demanding, which is why the route should only be travelled clockwise.

The trail is suitable for the classic skiing style, and there is no lighting.
The Riisitunturi skiing track is maintained during February–April. From year to year, the start and end dates of track maintenance may vary according to snow conditions. 
 


 

Kirintövaara-Karitunturi 11,7 km / direction

Starting Point 
The skiing trail starts from the Pentik-mäki–Kirintövaara illuminated track near Kirintövaara. 

Hiking Structures 
The Karitunturi Day Trip Hut, Kuoppavaara lean-to shelter. There is a dry toilet at the hut and the lean-to shelter. 

Trail Description 
The skiing track is suitable for experienced recreational cross-country skiers and for both the classic and the skating style. 

Please Note 
Skiing style classic/skating, designated direction of travel, no lighting.
The track is maintained with track-setting equipment during February–April. The municipality of Posio is in charge of maintaining the tracks. For more information, track conditions and trail maps, please visit Posio's cross-country skiing site (posiolapland.com).

Customer Service

Oulanka Visitor Centre
Tel. int. +358 206 39 6850
Email: oulanka(at)metsa.fi

Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu
Tel. int. +358 206 39 6804
Email: karhuntassu(at)metsa.fi

Parking Areas

  • Riisitunturi parking area by the National Park. There is a 3 km drive from Tolva road (Syrjälahti), about 6 km from Tolva Village. Google maps -location
  • Kirintövaara parking area is along road 81 (Kuusamo - Posio - Rovaniemi).
  • Noukavaara parking area is 3 km from the village of Tolva, where you turn right onto Noukavaara road, and drive 7,5 km. This road is not ploughed in the winter and it's condition is poor. Only for terrain vehicles.