Hiking Trails

Starting Points for Trails

  • To reach the Kersilö nature trails of Viiankiaapa, drive to the north end of the village of Kersilö along road 4 (E75) and turn onto the road to Moskuvaara. Near the road is a parking area, a dry toilet and an information board. Most parts of the trails have duckboards. The duckboards are in poor condition year 2018, please be careful.
  • The Siurunmaa nature trail of Viiankiaapa starts at the village of Siurunmaa. From Tanhua–Savukoski road 967, turn onto the road to Myllykylänpää. There is a parking area and an information board. Most parts of the trail provide duckboards.

Photo: Pia Jaakola

Nature Trails

Viiankiaapa Mire Reserve has nature trails in two locations.

  • To access the circular nature trails, go to the north end of the village of Kersilö. The shorter trail is 4.3 km long and the longer one 7.1 km long. Information boards along the nature trails describe wildlife in aapa mires: valuable rich fens and springs, and the threatened plant and bird species found there. The boards also provide instructions on how to travel about the area without harming the environment. Most parts of the nature trails are provided with duckboards. Dry toilets can be found at the starting points of the trails. Along the longer trail is a Lapp ‘kota' hut and a lean-to shelter, and next to both of these you will find a shed and dry toilet. There is also one bench for resting and a nature observation tower at the end of the trail. Along the shorter trail is a Lapp ‘kota' hut, dry toilet, shed and place to get drinking water. The shorter nature trail is closed summer 2018 due to damaged duckboards. The closed part is a 500 metre shortcut to Viiankijärvi Lapp ‘kota' hut. The longer nature trail is open, but the duckboards are in poor condition, please be careful.

  • There are signposts to the Siurunmaa nature trail from the Tanhua–Savukoski road. The Siurunmaa trail (1.7 km) runs from the parking area to the edge of Viiankiaapa, where there is a lean-to shelter and a nature observation tower. It is a one-way trail. At the start of the trail is an information board describing mire wildlife. At the end of the trail is a nature observation tower, a lean-to shelter, a shed and a dry toilet.

The closed part of the Nature Trail in Viiankiaapa is marked in red on the map below.

One part of the Viiankiaapa Nature Trail is closed summer 2018 due to damaged duckboards.

The closed part of the Nature Trail in Viiankiaapa is marked with signs. Image: Jarmo Paavola.

Snowmobile Trails and Tracks

Viiankiaapa Mire Reserve is intersected by the Sodankylä–Saariselkä snowmobile track and the snowmobile track of eastern Sodankylä. On these stretches of the tracks, there are no services or constructions.

 

Excursionmap.fi: Viiankiaapa

Dogs must be kept on a leash! Photo: Seppo Leinonen.

Dogs must be kept on a leash!