Map of surroundings of Sompio Strict Nature Reserve © Metsähallitus 2010

The Sompio Strict Nature Reserve is located on the eastern side of Highway no. 4 (E75) north of the village of Vuotso.

Directions

By Car

  • You can drive from Vuotso along the Sompiojärventie Road (that turns east from Highway no. 4 (E75)) to the trails' starting points and onto the shore of Lake Sompiojärvi. There is a signpost, "Sompiojärventie", at the crossroads of Highway no. 4. From Vuotso, the distance to the border of the Sompio Strict Nature Reserve is 9 km. The Sompiojärvi forest road, which runs across the southern edge of the Sompio Strict Nature Reserve, is drivable in summer. In early summer, always check the road's condition at the Tankavaara Visitor Centre or the Saariselkä Customer Service Kiehinen. The road is not maintained in winter, but there is often a snowmobile track running along the road.

By Public Transportation

  • From Rovaniemi there are several daily coaches (www.matkahuolto.fi) to Ivalo along Highway no. 4 (E 75): Rovaniemi - Sodankylä - Vuotso - Tankavaara - Kakslauttanen - Saariselkä - Ivalo. You can alight from the coach at Vuotso. From Vuotso, there are 9 km to the border of the Sompio Strict Nature Reserve. 
  • The coaches serve as connections from the trains (www.vr.fi) and flights (www.finavia.fi) arriving in Rovaniemi.
  • There is a coach connection from flights arriving in Ivalo to Saariselkä and Kiilopää, from where the distance to Vuotso is about 40 km.

Starting Points for Excursions

  • There are small parking areas at the beginning of the Sompio Strict Nature Reserve's circle trail: one on the border of the strict nature reserve and the other inside the reserve at a distance of 1 km from the border.
  • There is a parking area by Lake Sompiojärvi.
  • The parking areas are only open in summer.

Maps

Electronic Maps

Sompio Strict Nature Reserve © Metsähallitus 2016

Other Maps

  • Koilliskairan ulkoilukartta: Koilliskaira outdoor map 1:100 000, Karttakeskus 2011. The map is sold by Saariselkä Customer Service Kiehinen and Tankavaara Visitor Centre, Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
  • Saariselkä - Kiilopää ulkoilukartta: Saariselkä - Kiilopää outdoor map 1:50 000, Karttakeskus 2011. The map is sold by Saariselkä Customer Service Kiehinen and Tankavaara Visitor Centre, Karttakeskus and well-stocked book stores.
  • Terrain map V512, 1:50 000, National Land Survey of Finland 2007. The map is sold by Saariselkä Customer Service Kiehinen and Tankavaara Visitor Centre, Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
  • GT tiekartta Pohjois-Suomi: GT Roadmap Finland North, 2013, 1:400 000. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.
  • Forest map 12-14, 1:250 000, Metsähallitus 2011. The map is sold by Tankavaara Visitor Centre and Saariselkä Customer Service Kiehinen.

Map Sales Points

Excursionmap.fi: Sompio

Parking Area

  • Sompiojärventie, Lake Sompiojärvi

More precise parking area address is not available. Parking area address is in Finnish to be used in navigators.