Arctic Circle Hiking Area Directions and Maps
Because of the coronavirus, safe distances should be kept even in nature, and thorough hand hygiene should be followed at huts, campfire sites and after using the toilet. Metsähallitus' policies and guidelines will be updated as the general corona guidelines become more specific. Check our website for the current situation: www.nationalparks.fi/coronavirusguidelines.
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.
- There are several coaches (matkahuolto.fi) 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Excursionmap.fi of Metsähallitus
- National Land Survey of Finland Map Service (karttapaikka.fi).
- Rovaniemi Map Service (kartta.rovaniemi.fi)
- 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
- Arctic Circle Hiking Area -brochure (julkaisut.metsa.fi)
- Publications in English (julkaisut.metsa.fi)
Publications can be ordered at Pilke House Customer Service.