Repovesi National Park is a great destination whether you are into walking, camping, climbing, canoeing or just admiring breathtaking scenery. Adventure is just around the corner!
Please remember that entering the Pahkajärvi army shooting and practice area to the east of the park is forbidden.
Walking and Hiking
Repovesi National Park is a traditional and popular trekking destination. There are a total of around 45 kilometres of marked trails in the park, ranging from the leisurely Ketunlenkki Trail (5 km) to the ambitious Kaakkurin Kierros Trail (26 km). The park has everything from short, wheelchair-accessible routes to challenging climbs that require a high level of fitness. A great idea for a day out is to combine walking with canoeing, rowing or guided fishing trips.
The park also caters for longer hikes and overnight stays. Read more about trails maintained by Mäntyharju local authority (www.mantyharju-repovesi.com).
Sights and Scenery
Repovesi National Park offers fascinating sights and breathtaking scenery. The 50-metre vertical rock face of Olhavanvuori is an arresting sight and a popular destination among rock climbers. The shores of Olhavanlampi provide a great vantage point for watching climbers in action.
Almost the entire park can be seen from the Mustalamminvuori observation tower in clear weather. Climbing to the top of Katajavuori is like entering heaven: the route takes you up a staircase built against an almost vertical rock face. The views from the top of Tolosenvuori and the rocky shores of Lake Tervajärvi are also stunning. Kirnuhuoko Cavern is perfect for those who want to feel humbled by towering walls of rock all around them.
Crossing Lapinsalmi sound along a rope bridge swaying gently 10 metres off the ground is another unforgettable experience. The old log flume of Kuutinkanava Canal exudes tar-scented lumberjack history.
Canoeing and Rowing
Canoeing and rowing offer one of the best vantage points for admiring the park's majestic cliffs. The park is great for long canoeing and rowing trips, and canoes, boats and other gear can be hired at the park. Canoes can be moored at jetties at the various campfire sites. One popular canoeing route is from Mäntyharju to Repovesi (50 km) (www.mantyharju-repovesi.com).
- Skiing: The park has an excellent network of trails suitable for classic cross-country skiing (approximately 20 km). The network can be accessed from Orilampi Holiday Centre and various car parks, and there are campfire sites en route. The ski trails are not lit and the terrain is difficult in places. Skiing off the trails is also permitted throughout the park with the exception of the restricted area. Please remember that there are a lot of currents in Lake Repovesi, which can make ice surprisingly thin in places. There may also be currents in unusual places in the winter.
- Climbing: At 50 metres tall, Olhavanvuori is the best rock climbing site in Finland. Climbing is prohibited under the Antiquities Act in the vicinity of the Olhavanvuori rock painting. Climbers are also not permitted to drill new bolts or anchors to the cliff face. Climbing is not permitted on the park's other rocks in order to protect vegetation.
- Snowshoeing: Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the wintry landscape beyond ski trails. With snowshoes you can climb even the steepest hills.
- Pick Berries and Mushrooms: Among the park's treasures are bilberries (Vaccinium myrtillus), lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea), chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius), pine boletes (Boletus pinophilus), russulas (Tall Russula) and milkcaps. Yellowfoot chanterelles (Cantharellus cibarius) can be found on the park's swampy north-facing slopes. Berry and mushroom picking is permitted throughout the park with the exception of the restricted area.
- Cycling: Cyclists can travel from one end of the park to the other along Kuismantie and test their fitness in the hilly terrain. According to the rules of conduct, mountain biking is allowed only on area's roads. There are also various maintenance and forest roads in the park that are suitable for cycling. Please see the map (julkaisut.metsa.fi).
- Tour Skating: Tour skating on frozen lakes is a thrilling experience. Please remember that currents can make ice surprisingly thin in places and that there may also be currents in unusual places in the winter.
- Guided Group Tours: There are various entrepreneurs who organise guided walks and canoeing tours and provide outdoor catering in the park. Read more.
- Swimming: The best swimming opportunities are at Lake Tervajärvi near parking area, at the Määkijä and the Lapinsalmi campfire sites and in Kuutinkanava canal. There is no official swimming spot in the National Park.