Directions to Käsivarsi Wilderness Area

29.3.2022
The flood destroyed the Vuomakasjoki bridge on the Nordkalott Trail and a new one will be built in 2022. Until then you have to wade across the Vuomakasjoki River.

Käsivarsi Wilderness Area is located on the east side of the Kilpisjärvi-Karesuvanto road. To its north and to its east the wilderness area's boundary runs along the Norwegian border.

Starting Points for Excursions

  • The best starting points for those arriving with cars are at the parking areas at Ropinsalmi, Saarikoski, Kilpisjärvi and Iitto.

By Buss to Kilpisjärvi

To Kilpisjärvi there are daily coaches (matkahuolto.fi) from Rovaniemi.
 

By Car to Käsivarsi Wilderness Area

Main road 21 (E8) runs along the western boundary of the wilderness area. A good point to start excursions is the village of Kilpisjärvi.

Kilpisjärvi Nature Centre Parking Area, Käsivarrentie 14123 (road 21,  E8), Kilpisjärvi. Space for 40 cars. Winter maintenance. Driving directions to Kilpisjärvi Visitor Centre

Iitto Parking Area, Käsivarrentie 9912 (road 21,  E8), Iitto. There is space for 3 cars. No winter maintenance.

Saarikoski Parking Area, Käsivarrentie 11194 (road 21,  E8), Saarikoski. Space for approximately 15 cars. During the winter maintenance period, the parking area is smaller.

Ropinsalmi Parking Area, Käsivarrentie 8835 (road 21, E8), Ropinsalmi. There is space for 3 cars. No winter maintenance.

By Air to Kittilä

Kittilä airport (finavia.fi) functions throughout the year on a daily basis. A connecting coach or airport taxi (tosilappi.fi) service transport visitors on from Kittilä.
 

By Train to Kolari

The closest railway stations (vr.fi) are located at Kolari and Rovaniemi. Night trains from Helsinki travel to both.

Self-guided Tour: "From the Bothnian Bay to the High Fells of Arctic Lapland"


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