Starting Points for Trails

Map of Rokua National Park © Parks & Wildlife Finland

Easy Trails

Harjunpolku 2,5 km / Circle Trail

Patikointi Pysäköinti

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 1 hour.
Category: Easy trail Easy Intermediate trail Intermediate (slight altitude differences)

A trail in a landscape shaped by the Ice Age. Harjunpolku is an easy nature trail that is also suitable for families with children. It runs through an esker terrain, close to Rokua Health & Spa Hotel.

Harjunpolku hiking trail in Rokua National Park. Photo: Raija Kärenlampi

Starting Point
Rokua Health & Spa, Kuntoraitti 2, Rokua

Hiking Structures
Information boards

Trail Description
The trail, marked with blue paint signs, starts from the southern edge of the parking area of Rokua Health & Spa Hotel and ascends to the crest of an esker. The trail continues along the esker and crosses Rokuantie Road, whereafter it heads to Lake Lianjärvi through a light-filled pine forest, characteristic of Rokua.

Harjunpolku in Rokua. Photo: Raija Kärenlampi

On the shore of Lake Lianjärvi, the trail becomes narrower and the vegetation lusher. At the southern end of the lake, you will find a rest spot and an information board that presents the impact of erosion on the sensitive heath terrain. From Lake Lianjärvi, the trail continues to an intersection of trails where it connects to other trails. From here onwards, the trail is wide and surfaced with stone dust and it is very easy to walk to the end point.

Trail markings: signposts and blue paint signs.

Sights
Lichen heaths, the crystal-clear Lake Lianjärvi, terrain that is characteristic of Rokua.

Please Note
  • The terrain is sensitive to erosion, so please keep to the marked trails.
  • There are no campfire sites along the trail
  • There are no waste bins along the trail. If you can take it there, you can also take it back.

Harjunpolku detailed trail description (julkaisut.metsa.fi).  

Demanding Trails

Pookinpolku 6 km / Circle Trail

Patikointi Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu Pysäköinti Puolikota Tulentekopaikka Kuivakäymälä Autiotupa

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 2 hours.
Category: Intermediate trail Intermediate (some altitude differences and difficult spots). Available in the summer as a hiking trail.

Pooki Trail takes you to the gorgeous scenery of Pookivaara Hill, where fire guards lived and worked in the past. This is the heart of Rokua National Park, where dunes, kettle holes and esker slopes constitute a magnificent scenery, created by the Ice Age. The thick light-coloured lichen glistens on the rugged, undulating heaths. 

Pookinpolku Hiking Trail in Rokua. Photo: Harri Tarvainen

Starting Point
Pooki parking area on the northwestern border of the national park

Hiking Structures
Palovartijan tupa / Fire Guard's Hut (an open wilderness hut), Pookivaara observation tower, a dry toilet, Pookin Paussi Day Trip Hut, an accessible campfire shelter by Lake Pitkäjärvi, a dry toilet and a tent site.

Trail Description
The 4-km-long Pooki Trail, marked with blue paint signs, starts from Pookivaara Hill. The distance from the Pooki parking area, along a connecting trail, to the hill is about one kilometre. The most significant sight along this trail is Pookivaara Hill. It is the highest point in Rokua National Park where fire guards lived and worked in the past, watching over the fire sensitive Rokuanvaara Hill.

You can climb on Pookivaara observation tower. Photo: Harri Tarvainen

From Pookivaara Hill, the trail continues to Lake Pitkäjärvi. The trail runs through an easy sandy heath and its profile is primarily descending. There are many rest spots and two long stairs along the trail.

On the shore of Lake Pitkäjärvi, the trail becomes narrower and runs to the southern side of the lake where you will find the Pitkäjärvi campfire shelter and tent site.

From Lake Pitkäjärvi onwards, the trail is narrow and you hike through sandy heaths. From the Hätäjärvi rest spot, there is an ascent towards Pookivaara Hill. There are stairs along the trail, facilitating the ascent in the steepest section. On the hill slope, the trail connects to Keisarinkierros Trail (‘Emperor's Trail'), and the trail returns to Pookivaara Hill.

Trail markings: signposts and blue paint signs.

Sights
Pookivaara Hill, Lake Pitkäjärvi, lichen heaths.

Please Note

  • The terrain is sensitive to erosion, so please keep to the marked trails.
  • During the Forest Fire Warning it is absolute not allowed to make a fire.
  • There are no waste bins along the trail. If you can take it there, you can also take it back.
  • There are stairs along the trail.
  • There is no toilet paper in dry toilets. 

Pookinpolku (Pooki trail) detailed trail description (julkaisut.metsa.fi).  

Rokuansydän 8 km / partly Circle Trail

Patikointi Puolikota Pysäköinti Kuivakäymälä

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 2-3 hours.
Category: Intermediate trail Intermediate (some altitude differences and difficult spots. Clearly signposted and marked in the terrain).

A trail in a landscape shaped by the Ice Age. Rokuansydän is a geological nature trail that runs through a varied terrain in the Rokuanvaara Hill area. The trail wriggles along sand dunes and passes Syvyydenkaivo, or the ‘Well of the Depths', the deepest kettle hole in Finland. There are information boards on the geology of the area along the trail. You can take a break and have snacks at a Lapp ‘kota' hut on the shore of Lake Saarinen. 

Rokuansydän Hiking Trail in Rokua. Photo: Harri Tarvainen

Starting Point
Suppa Information Centre, Jaakonjärventie 2, Rokua

Hiking Structures
Saarinen Lapp 'kota' hut and a dry toilet, information boards on the geology of the area, services provided by Suppa Information Centre and Rokuanhovi Wilderness Hotel.

Trail Description
The trail starts from Suppa Information Centre and continues, parallel to Jaakonjärventie Road, towards Rokuanhovi Wilderness Hotel, where you will see the signposts to the actual Rokuansydän Trail. The trail passes by Rokua ski stadium and continues through an undulating terrain, characteristic of Rokua, to an intersection of trails by the Kakkoskuppi kettle hole. From here onwards, the trail descends towards Syvyydenkaivo (‘Well of the depths'), the deepest kettle hole in Finland.

Signposts on Rokuansydän Hiking Trail in Rokua. Photo: Sari Pulkka

From Syvyydenkaivo, you will ascend, along long stairs, to the crest of a dune and continue towards the Saarinen Lapp ‘kota' hut, where you can take a break and enjoy the beautiful lake scenery. From here onwards, the trail continues, along the northern shore of Lake Saarinen, to a clearing created by a forest fire. From the clearing, the trail returns, through a light-filled pine forest, to Rokuanhovi Wilderness Hotel and Suppa Information Centre. 

Trail markings: signposts and blue paint signs.

Sights
Landscape shaped by the Ice Age, lichen heaths, Syvyydenkaivo kettle hole.

Please Note

  • The terrain is sensitive to erosion, so please keep to the marked trails.
  • During the Forest Fire Warning it is absolute not allowed to make a fire.
  • There are no waste bins along the trail. If you can take it there, you can also take it back. 
  • There are stairs along the trail.
  • There is no toilet paper in dry toilets. 

Rokuansydän detailed trail description (julkaisut.metsa.fi).

Keisarinkierros 19 km / Circle Trail

Patikointi Nähtävyyksien ja näköalojen katselu Pysäköinti Puolikota Tulentekopaikka Kuivakäymälä Autiotupa

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 1-2 Days.
CategoryIntermediate trail Intermediate (some altitude differences and difficult spots).

A trail in a landscape that would have also charmed the Emperor. The Keisarinkierros Trail (‘Emperor's Trail') takes you to the most popular attractions and natural destinations in Rokuanvaara. Along the trail, marked with white paint signs, are the Rokua National Park; Syvyydenkaivo, Finland's deepest kettle hole; and Pookivaara Hill, the highest point in Rokua. In addition, there are many Lapp ‘kota' huts along the trail where hikers can take a break and enjoy the peace and quiet of the wilderness.

Keisarinkierros Hiking Trail in Rokua. Photo: Sari Pulkka

Starting Point
Suppa Information Centre, Jaakonjärventie 2, Rokua

Hiking Structures
Rokuanjärvi Lapp ‘kota' hut and a dry toilet, Palovartijan tupa / Fire Guard's Hut (an open wilderness hut), Pookivaara observation tower, Pookin Paussi Day Trip Hut and a dry toilet, Saarinen Lapp ‘kota' hut and a dry toilet, Kirvesjärvi Lapp ‘kota' hut and a dry toilet, services provided by Suppa Information Centre, Rokuanhovi Wilderness Hotel, as well as by Rokua Health & Spa Hotel.

Trail Description
The trail, marked with white paint signs, starts from Suppa Information Centre and continues through an undulating heath terrain, between silvery lichen heaths, towards Lake Rokuanjärvi.

From Lake Rokuanjärvi, the trail runs to Lake Pitkäjärvi through the national park's oldest parts. On the northern side of Lake Pitkäjärvi, there is a 60-metre ascent onto Pookivaara Hill, which is the national park's heart and highest point. You will find the Palovartijan tupa / Fire Guard's Hut, Pookivaara observation tower and the Pookin Paussi Day Trip Hut on the summit of Pookivaara.  

From Pookivaara, the trail continues to Syvyydenkaivo, the deepest kettle hole in Finland. It was created thousands of years ago when a block of ice melted at the location.

From Syvyydenkaivo, the trail runs to the Saarinen rest spot, from where it goes to Lake Kirvesjärvi, along an easy dirt road. After Lake Kirvesjärvi, the scenery is undulating and there are many crystal-clear lakes, characteristic of Rokua, along the trail. From Rokua Health and Spa Hotel, Keisarinkierros Trail returns, along a bicycle path, to Suppa Information Centre.

Trail markings: signposts and blue paint signs.

Sights
Pookivaara Hill, Syvyydenkaivo kettle hole, lichen heaths.

Please Note

  • The terrain is sensitive to erosion, so please keep to the marked trails.
  • There are a large number of stairs along the trail.
  • During the Forest Fire Warning it is not allowed to make a fire also in the Day Trip Hut and Lappish Kota Huts.
  • There are no waste bins along the trail. If you can take it there, you can also take it back.
  • There is no toilet paper in dry toilets.  

Keisarinkierros detailed trail description (julkaisut.metsa.fi).

Customer Service

Liminka Bay Visitor Centre
The maintenance of Rokuavaara summer trails and campfire sites, information about permits for the national park
Tel. int. + 358 206 39 6059
liminganlahti(at)metsa.fi

Visitor Center Suppa
Rokua Geopark tourist information, skiing tracks
Tel. int. +358 8 554 5500
suppa(at)utajarvi.fi

 

Services provided by partners of Rokua National Park

Partners of Rokua National Park hire out equipment, organise guided excursions in the wilderness and provide accommodation.

Parking Areas

Rokua National Park parking area on Keisarintie (the Emperor's Road), southern side of the park
WGS84-coordinates N 64.54879 E 26.49744

Pookivaara parking area on the north-west part of the National Park 
WGS84-coordinates N 64.57084 E 26.48992 

Rokuan Health & Spa
Kuntoraitti 2, Rokua

Hotel Rokuanhovi
Jaakonjärventie 43, Rokua

Rokua Camping Centre (Rokua YMCA Centre)
Salmisentie 300, Rokua

Visitor Center Suppa
Jaakonjärventie 2, Rokua