Hiking Trails

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

Starting Points for Trails

Hiidenportti National Park trails begin at Palolampi, Urpovaara and Käärmesärkkä. 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 entrepreneurs use.

Circle Trails

  • Hiidenkierros Trail, 3 - 5 km.
    • Marked with purple paint, 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.
      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.
      There are no significant altitude differences along the Hiidenkierros Trail, but the forest path is lumpy and also stony in places.
      • Services: 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.
  • Kitulankierros Trail, 10.5 km.
    • 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.
      The Kitulankierros Trail is demanding in places.
      • Services: 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.

Other Trails

  • Other trails in Hiidenportti National Park are marked with orange paintings.
  • The main hiking trail leading through the National Park 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.
    • Services: 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.
  • The hiking trail which begins at Urpovaara parking area leads through old spruce forests on the slopes of Urpovaara Hill. The distance from Urpovaara to Hiidenportti Gorge is 4,3 km.
    • Services: 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.
  • The trail leading from Hiidenportti Gorge to Allaslahti Bay 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).
    • Services: Allaslahti lean-to shelter. Other services depend on which route visitors choose.
    • Sights: Hiidenportti Gorge.

Connecting Trails

  • 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.
  • From the crossroads to Urpovaara there is a marked trail leading to the UKK Trail Network (infogis.infokartta.fi), in Kuhmo. This trail leads northeast through Teeri-Lososuo Mire Reserve towards the town of Kuhmo and on to Suomussalmi.
  • Talonpojan Taival Trail begins from Allaslahti Bay. It is 45 km and part of the Karelian Circuit (www.vaellus.info, in Finnish).

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

Dogs must be kept on a leash!