Eastern Lapland Region
Municipality of Inari (www.inari.fi)
Urho Kekkonen National Park
The destination is managed by Metsähallitus.
The Rumakuru Old Day Trip Hut is amongst the oldest huts in the Saariselkä area. The hut was built at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. The Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) renovated the badly deteriorated hut in 1982, and two years later the hut came into Metsähallitus' possession. Currently the hut is a regularly maintained day trip hut belonging to the Urho Kekkonen National Park. It is located in the Saariselkä day trip area along marked trekking trails and maintained skiing trails (in winter). The Rumakuru Gorge is amongst the natural sights in the basic zone of the Urho Kekkonen National Park.
The Rumakuru Old Day Trip Hut was built at the turn of the 19th and 20th century in gorge terrain between Vävypää and Vahtamapää Fells in the Saariselkä fell area. At the distance of about half a kilometre from the hut on the side of Vävypää Fell, you can admire the rocky, steep-walled Rumakuru Gorge, a creation of the last Ice Age. The hut was named after the Rumakuru Gorge. It is not known for sure who built the Rumakuru Old Day Trip Hut, but traces of digging in the nearby area suggest that gold prospectors built it as their own base. There are only slight traces of gold prospecting in the terrain so there has not been any major gold rush in the area. However, on the basis of the traces in the terrain, it can be assumed that gold was sought in the nearby small brooks. The Rumakuru New Day Trip Hut is a distance of about half a kilometre from the Rumakuru Old Day Trip Hut. The new day trip hut was built in 1960 for research and hiking purposes.
At the time of the gold rush to Lapland, a small wood-framed hut was built in the vicinity of the headwater branches of the River Kulasjoki. The hut's floor area is about 8 square metres and the height is 2.4 metres (measured in middle of the hut). There is one window on the south-facing wall allowing some light to enter into the hut and another window in the door. The wood-framed hut was built on the ground, on a gentle slope of the gorge. The exterior walls have been made of square timber. The saddle roof has been modernly covered with bitumen felt but upholstered from the top with wood in the old style. Today there is a wood-burning stove and a gas cooker in the hut. The appearance of the hut has been protected by a decree from the Ministry of the Environment in 1994. Consequently, when planning any renovation, the National Board of Antiquities is always contacted first.
Today the Rumakuru Old Day Trip Hut serves visitors as an open day trip hut but is not suitable for overnight stays. There are no bunks in the hut, only tables and benches.
- The old hut is open all year round for independent visits. In summer the destination can be reached by foot, in winter by skiing. The shortest distance from Kiilopää Fell to the Rumakuru Old Day Trip Hut is slightly over 5 km. The distance is about 6 km from Laanila and 6.5 km from Saariselkä.
Directions and Maps
- You cannot drive to the Rumakuru Old Day Trip Hut but you can walk or ski there. There are several starting points for the hikes in the Saariselkä - Kiilopää area that can be reached by car. The starting points are located close to Highway no. 4 (E75). You can start trekking, for example, from Laanila, Saariselkä or Kiilopää. Driving directions to the starting points in the Saariselkä area.
- Driving directions to the Tankavaara Visitor Centre
- Driving directions to the Saariselkä Customer Service Kiehinen
By Public Transportation
- There are several coaches which operate daily from Rovaniemi to Ivalo along Highway no. 4 (E75) taking you close to the national park (coaches: Rovaniemi - Sodankylä - Vuotso - Tankavaara - Kakslauttanen (Kiilopää) - Saariselkä - Ivalo). The timetables are available on Matkahuolto's website (www.matkahuolto.fi). The coaches serve as connections from the trains (www.vr.fi) and flights arriving in Rovaniemi (www.ilmailulaitos.fi).
- There is a coach connection to Saariselkä and Kiilopää from flights arriving in Ivalo (www.finavia.fi).
- There is a campfire site, a woodshed and a dry toilet in the grounds of the Rumakuru Old Day Trip Hut.
- The old day trip hut is located along the marked trails of the Saariselkä area; there is a summer trail passing via the hut in summertime and a maintained skiing trail in winter.
- The distance to the Rumakuru New Day Trip Hut is about half a kilometre. The distance to the Luulampi Day Trip Hut (which also provides information on the natural features of the area) is about 4 km. There is a café at the hut during the skiing season.
Services for the Disabled
- There are no services for the disabled at the Rumakuru Old Day Trip Hut.
This is the webpage www.nationalparks.fi/therumakuruolddaytriphut