Koli National Park Trails

There are about 80 km of marked trails in the Koli National Park, the length of which vary from one and a half to 61 kilometres. As some of the trails are demanding and others are less so, you can choose the trail according to your level of physical fitness and the time you have available. The guides at Koli Nature Centre Ukko are more than happy to help you in planning your hike. Even so, it is advisable to take along the Koli outdoor and service map.  

Please note: The Koli peaks and many other lookout points are bare rock areas that are often slippery and difficult to traverse. There are no platforms or handrails at the lookout points - these are natural sights where you walk at your own risk.

Map of Koli National Park. © Metsähallitus 2015

Parking

When setting off from Nature Centre Ukko's Upper Yard, park your car in the upper yard's parking area P1 (for short-term parking) or P2 (for long-term parking). In the village of Koli, you can park your car in the designated area next to the Kulmakivi tourist information building. There are also parking areas at Koli Harbour and at Ollila. When hiking in the southern parts of the national park, you can park your car at the Likolahti, Paimenenvaara, Peiponpelto, Pirunkirkko, Seppälä parking areas and Rykiniemi and the Rantatie Road lay-bys. 

Summer Trails

  • There are several alternative starting points for the summer trails which you will find in each trail's description.
    • Starting from Nature Centre Ukko's Upper Yard, there are trails that continue across the Koli peaks to the national park's southernmost areas. In addition to these, there are also trails beginning from the upper yard that run via the Kolin Uuro gorge to the shore of Lake Pielinen and to the north to Koli Harbour and the village of Koli.
    • Koli Harbour and the village of Koli are also popular starting points.
    • In addition, there are starting points by the Rantatie Road and all the national park's parking areas.

Scenic Trails 

Photo: Juha Kaipainen

Huippujen kierros Trail ("The Trail of The Tops"), 1.4 km Circle Trail

 Access to the nature center WC at the nature center Parking Sightseeing Hotel at Koli Restaurant at Koli Café Campfire place Recycling Program service cabin

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 0.5h.

Using the trail without stairs, most of the circle trail can be accessed with a pram. 

Starting Point: Koli Nature Centre Ukko Upper Yard, Ylä-Kolintie 39, Koli

Description of the Huippujen kierros Trail

On Ukko-Koli back-and-forth trail. Kuva: Tarja Teppo

Ukko-Koli, back-and-forth trail, length 0.8 km

 Access to the nature center WC at the nature center Parking Sightseeing Hotel at Koli Restaurant at Koli Café Campfire place Program service cabin

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 0.5h.

Visitors with prams can also walk this trail without using stairs all the way to the scenic lookout.

Starting Point: Koli Nature Centre Ukko Upper Yard, crossroad no. 11 behind the Nature Centre, Ylä-Kolintie 39, Koli

Description of the Ukko-Koli, back-and-forth trail

Magnificent scenery from Akka-Koli. Photo: Juha Kaipainen

Akka-Koli, back-and-forth trail, length 0.8 km

 Access to the nature center WC at the nature center Parking Sightseeing Hotel at Koli Restaurant at Koli Café Campfire place Recycling Program service cabin

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 0.5h.

Without stairs and visitors with prams can also walk this trail all the way to the Temple of Silence.

Starting Point: Koli Nature Centre Ukko Upper Yard, crossroad no. 11 behind the Nature Centre, Ylä-Kolintie 39, Koli

Description of the Akka-Koli, back-and-forth trail

From the rocks of Paha-Koli, a beautiful scenery opens up towards Ukko-Koli. Photo: Juha Kaipainen

Paha-Koli, back-and-forth trail, length 1.2 km

 Access to the nature center WC at the nature center Parking Sightseeing Hotel at Koli Restaurant at Koli Café Campfire place Recycling Program service cabin

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 0.5h.

The trail is relatively easy and without stairs. 

Starting Point: Koli Nature Centre Ukko Upper Yard, crossroad no. 11 behind the Nature Centre, Ylä-Kolintie 39, Koli


Description of the Paha-Koli, back-and-forth trail

The slopes of Ipatti Hill are home to the oldest forests in Koli National Park. Photo: Heidi Kilpeläinen

Sataman polku ("Harbour trail"), back-and-forth trail, length 4.2 km

 Access to the nature center WC at the nature center Parking Sightseeing Hotel at Koli Restaurant at Koli Café Campfire place Recycling Program service cabin Guest harbour Boat ramp Ferry

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 2h.

The steep slopes make this trail challenging. The ascent from the other side of Ipatti via Vaaralanaho is a bit easier. 

Starting Point: Koli harbour, Rantatie 12, Koli

Description of the Sataman polku, back-and-forth trail

Nature Trails

A rural landscape opens up from Turula above the village of Koli. Photo: Juha Kaipainen

Kasken Kierros Nature Trail, 2.5-5 km

Sightseeing Campfire place Tent site Dry toilet Well Café Guest harbour Boat ramp Ferry Parking
When there is no snow on the ground, this relatively easy basic trail (2.5 km) takes 1-2 hours to walk.

Starting Points: The main trail is just over 2 km long, with up to an additional 2.5 km depending on the starting point. The shortest trail is when starting from Koli harbour (Rantatie 12, 200 m longer); the longest is from the Upper Yard (Ylä-Kolintie 39, tot. 2.4 km longer). In addition to this, visitors can start at Koli village, walking first to, for example, Mattila (approx. 2 km longer) or from the Ollilla parking area (Ylä-Kolintie 12, 800 m longer).

Description of the Kasken Kierros Nature Trail 

Paimenenpolku trail takes hikers through tall spruce thickets. Photo: Juha Kaipainen

Paimenen polku Trail ("Shepard´s Trail"), 2.6 km Circle Trail

Campfire place Dry toilet Parking

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time over 1h.

The trail is challenging due to major variations in elevation.

Starting Point: Paimenenvaara parking area on Kotaniementie road.

Description of the Paimenen polku Trail

Photo: Juho Kaipainen

The Kolinuuron Kierros Nature Trail, 3.5 km Circle Trail

 Access to the nature center WC at the nature center Parking Sightseeing Hotel at Koli Restaurant at Koli Café Campfire place Recycling Program service cabin

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time over 1h.

This trail is somewhat demanding due to major variations in elevation.

Starting Point: Koli Nature Centre Ukko Upper Yard, Ylä-Kolintie 39, Koli

Description of the Kolinuuron Kierros Nature Trail 
 

Other Circle Trails

Photo: Arto Saari / Metsähallitus

Koli Cultural Environments, 3 km Circle Trail

Sightseeing Hotel at Koli Café Well Campfire place Dry toilet Program service cabin Parking

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time over 1h.

This trail is quite easy to walk and certain sections are also accessible to prams.

Starting Point: The village of Koli, Kulmakivi (tourist info), Ylä-Kolintie 1, Koli 

Description of the Koli Cultural Environments, Circle Trail 

Photo: Heidi Kilpeläinen

Koli Summer Café Tour, 6.8 km Circle Trail

 Access to the nature center WC at the nature center Parking Sightseeing Hotel at Koli Restaurant at Koli Café Campfire place Recycling Program service cabin Guest harbour Boat ramp Ferry    

When there is no snow on the ground. Walking time: one day.

Most of the trail sections are wide and in good condition, but the altitude differences are considerable.

Starting Points: You can start the café tour from any café.

Description of the Koli Summer Café Tour

Photo: Juha Kaipainen

Mäkrän polku Trail, 7.2 km Circle Trail

 Access to the nature center WC at the nature center Parking Sightseeing Ikolanaho Rental Hut available on reservation all year. Hotel at Koli Restaurant at Koli Café Campfire place Recycling Program service cabin  

When there is no snow on the ground, travel time 3-4 h.

The trail is challenging due to major variations in elevation.

Starting Point: Koli Nature Centre Ukko Upper Yard, Ylä-Kolintie 39, Koli

Description of the Mäkrän polku Trail

 

Hiking Trails

 

Photo: Juha Kaipainen

The Herajärvi Trail (30 to 61 km)

Hiking

When there is no snow on the ground. Visitors are recommended to reserve three days (of which the first and last are not full hiking days) for the trail around the northern end of Lake Herajärvi, and four days for the entire 60 km trail.

The Herajärvi trail is a demanding hiking trail, as it is slow to walk and there are variations in elevation. 

Starting Points: Several starting points.

Description of the Herajärvi Trail

 

Winter Trails

The winter trails in the Koli National Park invite you to a wide range of winter sports. The national park and its vicinity boast more than 50 km of maintained cross-country ski trails. The Koli peaks also attract snowshoers, in particular, however you can also walk along the trodden paths, summer trails and the maintenance tracks. You can even go downhill skiing on the Ukko-Koli ski slopes. The snowmobile route near the village of Koli passes by the National Park. There is updated information on the state of the campfire sites, winter trails and maintenance routes on the What is New page.

 Photo: Tiina Hakkarainen

Services Offered by Partners in Koli National Park

Partners in Koli provide accommodation, café, restaurant and programme services all year for individual travellers and tourist groups.

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