Ruunaa Hiking Area

Geocaching Ski cross-country on maintained trails Dog sledding Snowshoeing Visit a Nature Centre Walk on a nature trail Pick berries and mushrooms Canoeing Hunting Snowmobiling Sights and scenery Learn in nature Hiking Cycling Guided group tours Hiking Boating

The Emblem of Ruunaa Hiking AreaThe wild white waters of Ruunaa's rivers can be enjoyed from a rocking raft by thrill-seekers, or from a shady riverbank by keen anglers. You can paddle your own canoe here or join a guided rafting or paddling excursion. A great way to round off a day in the wilds is to grill a freshly hooked fish on your campfire.

Raging Rapids in Finland's Eastern Borderlands

Location of Ruunaa Hiking Area in Finland

Location: In North Karelia Region in the area of Lieksa (, in Finnish). Read more

Arrival: By car and public transportation. Read more

Activities: White water rafting and canoeing in rapids, fishing, hiking. Read more

Sights: River Lieksanjoki, an old trading and timber floating route, the succession of wild rapids, old-growth forests with shield bark pines and mellow mires. Read more

Suitability: Suitable for visitors of all ages and conditions all year. Good services for visitors with mobility difficulties.

Services: Ruunaa Hiking Centre, campfire sites, a cooking shelter, smoke ovens, lean-to-shelters, rental huts, a caravan site, boat launching sites, equipment rental. Services of cooperating partners are also available. Read more

Trails: Several attractive trails and a nature trail (2–31km). An accessible trail for wheelchairs (0.6km). Some 40km of snowmobile routes and some 30km of managed skiing trails. Read more

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Self-guided Tour: "Blue Finland"

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Self-guided Tour: "From Helsinki to the Taiga Forests"

Self-guided Tour: "From Helsinki to the Taiga Forests"
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Part of the North Karelian Biosphere Reserve

Ruunaa Hiking Area is part of the North Karelian Biosphere Reserve (, which also includes Patvinsuo National Park, Petkeljärvi National Park, Koivunsuo Strict Nature Reserve and Kesonsuo Nature Reserve.

The goal of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme is to develop the living conditions of the area's inhabitants while maintaining the protection of nature and the environment.

Customer Service

Tel. int. +358 206 39 5654
Ruunaa Hiking Centre (Ruunaan retkeilykeskus,
Tel +358 13 533170, +358 40 579 5684


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