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. Please note, that there is no general winter maintenance on the trails. 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

The view from Mäkrävaara Hill over Lake Jero. Photo: H. Jansson

Starting Points for Trails

  • Railcar: The railcar between the parking areas and Nature Centre Ukko's Upper Yard operates normally in winter as well. When the railcar is closed, walk from the parking area to the Upper Yard along the road's edge. The steps leading to the Upper Yard are not in winter use.
  • Parking: Parking areas P1 and P2 at Nature Centre Ukko's Upper Yard are used normally in winter. At Nature Centre Ukko's Upper Yard, only customer drop-off is permitted. The parking area in the Koli Harbour can also be used. In winter, there are lay-bys (and not actual parking spaces) on the Rantatie and Kotaniementie roads, where you can park your car at your own risk for the length of your hike. The parking area for the Ukko-Koli ski slopes is located along Rantatie Road by the Rinnetupa hut.
  • Road network: In winter, the Rantatie Road at Koli may be in a poor condition particularly at the stretch Sikoniemi - Vesivaara. Alternative routes are recommended.
  • You can walk, ski or snowshoe along the maintenance routes. They have been made for Metsähallitus' maintenance personnel, so they are not otherwise maintained. There is more information on the maintenance routes on the What is New page.
  • The following campfire sites are maintained in winter: the Vaaralanaho, Ikolanaho. The "Prime Minister" campfire site does not keep firewood. You may bring your own firewood or purchase some at the Nature Centre or hotel.

Photo: PIKES / Jarno Artika

Walking Routes

 

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

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Travel time 0.5h.

The view from the top of Ukko-Koli is well worth the visitor's effort, also in the winter time. Photo: Atte Jäsberg

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

Coordinates: WGS84 - lat: 63° 05.5292' lon: 29° 47.9326', ETRS-TM35FIN - P: 6998935 I: 641290

Sights
Ukko-Koli offers a magnificent view of Finland's national landscape. In the winter, visitors to the summit can admire the forest landscape adorned with sparkling crown snow formations.

Route Description

A winter trail to the peak of Ukko-Koli Hill starts from crossroad no. 11 by the radio mast. The trail loosely follows the summer trail. The trail rises gently up the spruce-covered slope. Some parts of the trail are also used by snowshoers. Follow the same route back. The Ukko-Koli steps are not in winter use.

Please Note
The trail is compacted in the winter, but is not otherwise maintained - please be careful! Slopes can be extremely slippery. We recommend using, for example, trekking poles, studded shoes or snowshoes. 

  

Cross-country Skiing Trails

Please Note
For safety reasons, skiers are requested to keep to the maintained ski trails particularly in the area of the Koli peaks.

    

The hillyskiing trails of the Koli National Park, 3 and 7 km Circle Trails

Ski cross-country on maintained trails Sightseeing Campfire place Ikolanaho rental hut Parking

The ski trails are unlit.
The 3-km ski trail is not demanding and suited mainly for classical cross-country skiing. The 7-km ski trail is demanding because of the steep ascents and descents. 

The hillyskiing trails of the National Park offer tranquil forest landscapes and exhilarating speed to beginners as well as more experienced skiers. 

The one-way ski track takes you through Mäkränaho, among other places. Photo: Atte Jäsberg

Starting Point
Ukko-Koli at the number 2 parking area (P2)

Coordinates: WGS84 - lat: 63° 05.6697' lon: 29° 48.2411', ETRS-TM35FIN - P: 6999207 I: 64153

Services
Koli Nature Centre UkkoBreak Sokos Hotel Koli (www.sokoshotels.fi) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (www.koliactiv.fi) (providing café and restaurant services, equipment rental and programme services, hotel accommodation and souvenir sales) are located at Nature Centre Ukko's Upper Yard, i.e., just a railcar ride away from the parking area. 

Hiking Structures
It is possible to light a campfire at the Ikolanaho campfire site. At Ikolanaho, the Ikolanaho Rental Hut is also in winter use. The hut can be reserved online (verkkokauppa.eraluvat.fi) or from Koli Nature Centre Ukko

Sights
Both ski trails run by the Mäkränaho clearing, resting in the wintry silence, and the snowy boulder fields of Paimenenvaara Hill. On the 7-km ski trail, you can admire the views opening out from Mäkrävaara Hill and the idyllic red hut of Ikolanaho. 

Route Description
The ski direction is marked on the ski map. 

The 3-km ski trail loosely follows, until Mäkränaho, the corresponding summer trail and returns to P2 by the side of Paimenenvaara Hill, passing Paimenenlampi. This 7-km ski trail branches off from the 3-km ski trail at Mäkränaho, where it then ascends to Mäkrävaara Hill. Returning via Ikolanaho, the 7-km ski trail joins the 3-km ski trail again by the side of Paimenenvaara Hill.

Connection
From the hill ski trail, there is a connecting ski trail to the lit Loma-Koli - Kopravaara ski trail.

The Loma-Koli - Kopravaara, a lit ski trail, 22 km

Ski cross-country on maintained trails

Trail is lit and suited for both classical and free-style cross-country skiing. The trail can be skied in both directions.
The trail has demanding and semi demanding parts.

The lit ski trail of Koli is one of the longest lit trails in Finland. Whatever style you prefer, here you can enjoy skiing from the first snowfall until late winter!

The lit ski trails of Koli offer sections of varying difficulty, and there is something for beginners and more experienced enthusiasts alike. Photo: PIKES / Jarno Artika

Starting Points
Kopravaara, Jero, Leppäsärkkä (Ylä-Kolintie Road 16), the village of Koli and Loma-Koli.

Coordinates of the Kopravaara: WGS84 - lat: 63° 02.4184' lon: 29° 42.7460, ETRS-TM35FIN - P: 6992975 I: 637172

Coordinates of the Jero: WGS84 - lat: 63° 05.8783' lon: 29° 47.2288' , ETRS-TM35FIN - P: 6999557 I: 640670

Coordinates of the Leppäsärkkä: WGS84 - lat: 63° 06.1161' lon: 29° 47.0303', ETRS-TM35FIN - P: 6999991 I: 640484

Coordinates of the village of Koli: WGS84 - lat: 63° 06.8180' lon: 29° 46.7406', ETRS-TM35FIN - P: 7001283 I: 640184

Coordinates of the Loma-Koli: WGS84 - lat: 63° 08.8582' lon: 29° 49.7380', ETRS-TM35FIN - P: 7005179 I: 642536

Services
There is a wide range of services available by the ski trail or in its vicinity, as it runs via the village of Koli to Loma-Koli. Café and/or restaurant services are provided by Future Freetime at Kopravaara, by Kolin Ryynänen in the village of Koli, by Alamaja in Koli Harbour and by Loma-Koli. From the lit ski trail, there is a connecting ski trail to the services of Ukko-Koli.

Hiking Structures
The campfire sites: Napakallio lean-to shelter and Ursa ‘kota' hut. 

The ski trail has also sections suitable for children: in Kopravaara and between Koli Spa Lotus and the Sutka lean-to shelter. Photo: PIKES / Jarno Artika

Connection
There are several connecting ski trails, which can be found on the ski map.

Cross-country skiing Events

At Koli, there are two major cross-country skiing events: Maisemahiihto and the Wolverine Skiing Event, for which additional ski trails are opened. After these events, some of the extra ski trails are used until the end of the ski season. 

Snowshoeing Trails

On snowshoe, you can access the places in the national park which would otherwise be difficult or challenging to reach. Independent snowshoe excursions to the Tarhapuro Waterfall, Lakkala, the clearings, Mäkrävaara Hill or Vesivaara Hill are wonderfully inspiring. There is information on the snowshoeing trails on the What is New page.

Snowshoeing trail on the Koli peaks, 1.5 km Circle Trail

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Take in the most fantastic Koli landscapes, and admire the icy vastness of Lake Pielinen below or the snowy trees glowing in the sunset.

Snowshoeing trail on the Koli peaks. Photo: PIKES / Jarno Artika

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

Coordinates: WGS84 - lat: 63° 05.5292' lon: 29° 47.9326', ETRS-TM35FIN - P: 6998935 I: 641290

Services
The services at Nature Centre Ukko's Upper Yard. 
Koli Activ (www.koliactiv.fi) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (facebook.com/kolishopretkitupa) organises guided snowshoeing excursions and rents out snowshoe equipment.

Sights
The national landscape and the Ukko-Koli, Akka-Koli and Paha-Koli Hills.

Winter scenery from Akka-Koli Hill. Photo: Tiina Hakkarainen

Route Description
Route markings: orange

The trail has been marked in the terrain with orange ribbons. The circular trail descends to the western hill slope and ascends to Akka-Koli Hill and from there it continues towards Mäkränaho and turns towards Lake Pielinen before the end of the summit area. The trail passes by Paha-Koli Hill and returns, via the peaks of Ukko-Koli, to crossroad no. 11.

The Koli peaks - the village of Koli, 3 km in one direction

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Get a sense of the history of Koli during a hike from the Koli summit through old courtyards to the Koli village.

The trail runs by Vaaralanaho. Photo: Eevi Nieminen

Starting Points
The village of Koli and Koli Nature Centre Ukko Upper Yard

Coordinates of the village of Koli: WGS84 - lat: 63° 06.8180' lon: 29° 46.7406', ETRS-TM35FIN - P: 7001283 I: 640184

Coordinates of the Koli Nature Centre Ukko Upper Yard: WGS84 - lat: 63° 05.5292' lon: 29° 47.9326', ETRS-TM35FIN - P: 6998935 I: 641290

Services
Ukko's Upper Yard and the village of Koli provide a wide range of café and restaurant services, equipment rental and programme services and accommodation. There are also souvenir shops and various exhibitions. Services

Hiking Structures
There is a campfire site on the trail at Vaaralanaho (1.2 km from Ukko's Upper Yard), which is also maintained in winter. 

 

Sights
The old farmyards of Turula and Ollila fascinate in all seasons. The restored Mattila is manor-like, which is rare in the area. Sights

Route Description

Route markings: red

The trail has been marked in the terrain with red ribbons. 

The snowshoeing trail from Ukko-Koli Hill onto the shores of Lake Pielinen, approx. 2 km / in one direction

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Travel through the light birch groves and dark spruce thickets of the Ipatti Hill to the shores of the ice-covered Lake Pielinen.

Lake Pielinen in the winter, seen from the Koli harbour. Photo: Atte Jäsberg

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

Coordinates: WGS84 - lat: 63° 05.5292' lon: 29° 47.9326', ETRS-TM35FIN - P: 6998935 I: 641290

Services
Koli Nature Centre Ukko and other Upper Yard servicesThere is a wide range of café and restaurant services as well as equipment rental at Nature Centre Ukko's Upper Yard and in the village of Koli.

Hiking Structures
The Vaaralanaho, Koli Harbour and Rinnetupa campfire sites.

Sights
National landscape, old-growth forest and Lake Pielinen.

Route Description
Route markings: blue

The snowshoeing trail runs along the summer trail via Vaaralanaho to Koli Harbour. The trail has been marked in the terrain with blue ribbons. Most of the first part of the trail is bright birch forest. The Vaaralanho campfire site (1.2 km) may also be used in the winter. From Vaaralanaho, the trail enters an old-growth spruce forest, passing by the ruins at Alamaja on the way to the harbour. From Rinnetupa, take a ski lift back onto Ukko-Koli Hill (ski-lift ascent 5 €). You can buy a lift ticket from Rinnetupa. Here, the distance to be walked by snowshow is approximately 4 km (half of which is walked on ice); return by ski lift - 0.7 km.

Downhill Skiing

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The Ukko-Koli ski slopes (www.koli.fi) are located in Koli National Park in the vicinity of the Koli peaks.

Photo: PIKES / Jarno Artika

Starting Point
The parking area for the ski slopes and the ticket office is located along the Rantatie Road by the Rinnetupa hut.

Please Note
For safety reasons, downhill skiing is prohibited outside the Ukko-Koli slope areas on the Koli peaks. 

Services
Koli Nature Centre UkkoBreak Sokos Hotel Koli (www.sokoshotels.fi) and Koli Shop Retkitupa (www.koliactiv.fi) providing café and restaurant services, equipment rental and programme services, hotel accommodation and souvenir sales are located at the upper station of the ski slopes at Nature Centre Ukko's Upper Yard.

Riding Trails

Riding

You can visit the national park's cultural landscape on horseback in winter as well. Further information is available at the Paimentupa farmhouse (en.paimentupa.fi).

Photo: Nina Freiman

Snowmobile Routes

Snowmobiling

The snowmobile route runs outside Koli National Park from Ahmovaara (via the village of Koli) onto Lake Pielinen, passing by Koli Harbour and Hiekkasaaret Islands. In Koli National Park, snowmobiling is prohibited, including the islands. By Koli Harbour and the Rinnetupa hut, snowmobiles can be parked on the ice. From Koli, the snowmobile route further continues to Juuka and Nurmes, Lieksa and finally to Eno and Joensuu.

Customer Service

Koli Nature Centre Ukko
Tel. int. +358 206 39 5654
ukko(at)metsa.fi

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.

Parking Areas

Ukko-Koli P1 and P2

  • Ylä-Kolintie 31, Lieksa

Other parking areas

Destination Brochure

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