Arctic Circle Hiking Area Directions and Maps


Arctic Circle Hiking Area is located in the municipality of Rovaniemi, about 25 km north of the town of Rovaniemi on the east-side of the road running between Rovaniemi and Sodankylä.

Map of the surroundings of Arctic Circle Hiking Area

By Public Transportation

  • There are several coaches ( which travel daily between Rovaniemi and Sodankylä as well as Rovaniemi and Kemijärvi. Buses operate along Highway 4.
  • The closest bus stop is at Lake Vikajärvi. The Vikaköngäs starting point is 200 metres from the bus stop.
  • The Makialampi parking area is situated by Highway 4. From the parking area you can set off on the local trails.

By Car

  • You arrive at the Arctic Circle Hiking Area via Highway 4 (E75), from where there are signposts to the starting points of the trails.
    • To reach the Vaattunki-köngäs parking area, drive along Highway 4 for about 20 km from Rovaniemi towards Sodankylä and turn off for Vaattunkiköngäs following the signposts to the Arctic Circle Hiking Area. Drive along Vaattunkikönkääntie road for about 2 km to the parking area located at the end of the road.
    • The Makialampi parking area is situated by Highway 4 near the crossroads of Vaattunkikönkääntie road (see above).
    • The Vikaköngäs parking area is located by Highway 4 close to the village of Vikajärvi, about 24 km from Rovaniemi in the direction of Sodankylä.
  • Driving directions to Pilke Science Centre Customer Service.

Starting Points for Excursions

  • The main starting points for excursions are at Vikaköngäs and Vaattunkiköngäs.
  • The Makialampi parking area is situated at the Vaattunkiköngäs crossroads. From the parking area, you can also access the local trails.



Other Maps

  • Rovaniemi opas ja virkistyskartta: Rovaniemi recreation map, 1:100 000, Town of Rovaniemi 2012. The map is sold by Pilke House Customer Service, Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland.
  • Maastokartta: Terrain map T434 Olkkajärvi, 1:50 000 Rovaniemi. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus and the National Land Survey of Finland.
  • Rovaniemen moottorikelkkailukartta - Rovaniemi snowmobile trails map, 1:250 000, Town of Rovaniemi 2009. The map is sold by Pilke House Customer Service and Rovaniemi Tourist Information.
  • GT Outdoormap Finland North, 2016, 1:400 000. The maps are sold by Karttakeskus and well-stocked bookstores.

Map Sales Points

Publications of Metsähallitus in English

Publications can be ordered at Pilke House Customer Service.

A hand holding a mobile phone showing Open the map of Arctic Circle in

Arctic Circle Brochure

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Self-guided Tour: "Accessible Wilderness"

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Parking Areas

  • Highway 4, Vikaköngäs
  • Highway 4, Makialampi
  • Vaattunkikönkääntie, Vaattunkiköngäs

More precise parking area addresses are not available.