Hiidenportti National Park Trails 

Hiking Trails

There are almost 30 km of marked and duckboard covered trails in Hiidenportti National Park.
 

Starting Points for Trails

Palolampi
The area's most popular starting point is Palolampi information point, which has an adjacent campfire site, a cooking shelter and a well, and a rental cabin for day use.

Urpovaara
There is a forest road leading to Urpovaara parking place from the road Kuhmo-Valtimo (no 5284). The road is not ploughed in winter. The Urpolampi lean-to shelter is situated near the parking place.

Käärmesärkkä
The Käärmesärkkä starting point is situated along the road Kuhmo-Valtimo (no 5284). The parking place is not ploughed in winter.

Circle Trails

Hiidenkierros Trail, 3 - 5 km / Circle Trail

Parking  Fireplace Hiking Disposal toilet Leant-to shelter Sights and scenery Pick berries and mushrooms

Available when the ground is unfrozen. In winter with snow shoes. Travel time 2-4 h.

Category: Intermediate trail intermediate Demanding trail demanding

 

The Hiidenkierros Trail leads you to the majestic Hiidenportti Gorge. The trail descends to the bottom of the gorge and ascends via steps to the other side of the cliffs.

Having snacks in Palolampi starting point. Photo: Eeva Pulkkinen

Starting Point
Palolampi parking area.

Hiking Structures
Information point at Palolampi. There is campfire site, a cooking shelter and a well at the information point. In halfway of the route there is a lean-to shelter at Lake Porttilampi. In the grounds of Kovasinvaara there is an information board about the life in the wilderness farm. 

Sights
Hiidenportti Gorge and Kovasinvaara. Marks of the human activities can also be seen along the trail, such as a base of a tar-burning pit. You can explore the cultural history of the area also with the help of the "Hiidenportti through the ages" -brochure.

Taking photos in Hiidenportti gorges. Photo: Eeva Pulkkinen

Trail Description  
Marked with purple paint.

From Hiidenportti the trail continues towards the Porttilampi lean-to shelter. This section runs along the edge of the cliff for almost a kilometre. It is the most demanding section of both the trails, but also offers the most rewarding views.

From Porttilampi lean-to shelter you go back 1 km to Hiidenportti and turn towards the Kovasinvaara hill. There are no buildings left on the hill, but the meadow, birch forests and heaps of stones give you a glimpse of times gone by. The last section of the trail runs back to Palolampi. This section is somewhat demanding as the descent to Palolampi is rather steep.

Please Note
There are no significant altitude differences along the Hiidenkierros Trail, but the forest path is lumpy and also stony in places.

Please note that the stairs down to the valley are in some parts in bad condition.
 

Kitulankierros Trail, 10.5 km / Circle Trail

Parking  Fireplace Hiking Disposal toilet Leant-to shelter Sights and scenery Pick berries and mushrooms

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 5-7 h.

Category: Intermediate trail intermediate Demanding trail demanding

Trail from Kovasinvaara towards Palolampi. Photo: Eeva Pulkkinen

Starting Point
Palolampi parking area.

Hiking Structures 
Palolampi information point, lean-to shelters by Lake Porttilampi and Lake Kitulanlampi.

Sights
Hiidenportti Gorge, Kovasinvaara and other sights of cultural-historical interest in the area.

Trail Description 
Marked with yellow paint

The Kitulankierros Trail starts from Palolampi and continues through Hiidenportti to Porttilampi. It then continues through mires towards the impressive spruce forests of the Urpovaara hill. At Kitulanlampi you slip from the forest atmosphere to the scenery of cliffs and lakes. There is also a lean-to shelter at the tip of a long cape. From there the trail returns to the old-growth forest. The flora and fauna of the old-growth forest is still alive and well here.

When the trail meets the path going towards Allaslahti, you are treading on a path used by the ancient inhabitants of Kovasinvaara. The trail continues to the Hiidenportti Gorge and returns through Kovasinvaara to Palolampi.

Please Note 
The Kitulankierros Trail is demanding in places.

Photo: Parks & Wildlife Finland / Metsähallitus

Other Trails

Other trails in Hiidenportti National Park are marked with orange paintings.
 

The main hiking trail leading through the National Park, 11,5 km

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 5-7 h.

Category: Intermediate trail intermediate Demanding trail demanding

Starting Point
Palolampi information point and Käärmesärkkä parking area.

Hiking Structures 
There are lean-to shelters and campfire sites along the trail. Services depend on which route visitors choose. 

Sights
Depending on your route Hiidenportti Gorge, Kovasinvaara or both.

Trail Description 

Marked with orange paint.

The trail follows the River Porttijoki bank to the southern boundary of the park and then on to Käärmesärkkä and to Peurajärvi recreational fishing area southeast of the National Park. The length of the trail from Hiidenportti Gorge to Käärmesärkkä is 10 km.
 

The hiking trail beginning from the Urpovaara parking area, length depends on the route choise

Available when the ground is unfrozen. Travel time 3-7 h.

Category: Easy trail easy - Demanding trail demanding

Starting Point
Urpovaara parking area. The forest road is not ploughed in winter.

Hiking Structures 
Lean-to shelter by Lake Urpolampi. Other services depend on which route visitors choose.

Sights
Spruce forests. Depending on your route Hiidenportti Gorge, Kovasinvaara or both.

Trail markings
Marked with orange paint

Trail Description 
Trail leads through old spruce forests on the slopes of Urpovaara Hill. The distance from Urpovaara to Hiidenportti Gorge is 4,3 km.
 

The trail leading from Hiidenportti Gorge to Allaslahti Bay, 6,7 km

Available when the ground is unfrozen. In winter on skis or snow shoes. Travel time 3-7 h.

Category: Easy trail easy - Demanding trail demanding

 

Starting Point: The signed trail begins from the Kitulankierros Trail about 1,6 km from the Hiidenportti Gorge.

Hiking Structures 
Allaslahti lean-to shelter. Other services depend on which route visitors choose.

Sights
Hiidenportti Gorge

Trail markings
Marked with orange paint

Trail Description 
Trail is in the south part of the National Park leads through terrain typical of the National Park; mires and dry forests. At Allaslahti Bay the trail connects with Talonpojan Taival, which is part of the Karelian Circuit (www.vaellus.info, in Finnish).
 

Connecting Trails

  • From the crossroads to Urpovaara there is a marked trail leading to the Teeri-Lososuo Mire Reserve.
  • In its southeast Hiidenportti National Park shares its border with the Metsähallitus Peurajärvi recreational fishing area (www.eraluvat.fi). There is a trail leading from the National Park to Peurajärvi. From Peurajärvi the trail continues as the Karelian Circuit (www.vaellus.info, in Finnish) for hundreds of kilometres.
  • Talonpojan Taival Trail begins from Allaslahti Bay. It is 45 km and part of the Karelian Circuit (www.vaellus.info, in Finnish).

Customer Service

Kuhmo Visitor Centre Petola
Tel. int. +358 206 39 6380, +358 40 825 6060
petola(at)metsa.fi

Parking Areas

Hiidenportintie 86, 88600 Sotkamo

  • From Sotkamo to Palolampi is about 45 km. Drive along the signposted road to the Palolampi information point from the Sotkamo–Kuhmo Road (no. 76) or from Kuhmo–Valtimo Road (no. 5284).
    No public transportation to the parking area.

Destination Brochure

Pdf-file 3.5 Mb (julkaisut.metsa.fi)

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

Dogs must be kept on a leash!