What's Currently Happening in Koli National Park

Directions and arrival to Koli

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Current on hiking in Koli

(Updated May 8 2024)

We are updating this article with current information about the hiking conditions, terrain services, and exceptional situations in Koli National Park.

Day hike trails

Choose good, sturdy, preferably high-top hiking boots for the hike. Currently the trails are mostly dry to walk. 


The Herajärvi Trail 30-60 kms

The Herajärvi Trail is a demanding hiking route. The route is challenging due to steep ascents and descents. The pull ferry at Sikosalmi in the southern part of Lake Herajärvi, at Kiviniemi, is in operation. This means that the Herajärvi Trail circuits of 35 km and 30 km can be hiked.

Movement on Koli's hiking trails is at the hiker's own risk. Read more about our trails and explore the equipment rental options provided by our partners.

We recommend arriving to Koli and Koli National Park always via asphalted Kolintie (Road 504). At spring the smaller roads could be in a bad shape due to melting snow and ice.

Reltal huts

In Koli National Park, there are 11 rental cottages available for booking through the Metsähallitus Eräluvat online store. The online store will undergo renovations in 2024. Therefore, sales for the 2025 rental season will start exceptionally in November 2024.

You can find the rental calendars for 2024 and cottage presentations as usual at: nationalparks.fi/huts.

Campfire sites and fire making

Making a fire is not an everyman's right, and fires cannot be made anywhere and at any time.

  • Fires are only allowed at designated, official campfire places marked with fire symbols on maps. Except the “Prime minister’s” campfire site, all of our campfire sites marked on the map should contain long firewood that hikers can saw and chop to make a campfire. Remember to check the Outdoor Etiquette for further info.
  • The person who starts the fire is always responsible for its safety.

Read more about Koli National Park's maps and services.

 

Drinking water around Koli National Park

The spring and well in Ikolanaho and the well in Jero reservable hut and are out of commission. Do not drink the water even after boiling it. It is possible to borrow water containers and get clean drinking water from the Nature Centre Ukko. If Ukko is closed, water can be obtained from Break Sokos Hotel Koli (sokoshotels.fi).

Read more about the drinking water of Herajärven kierros Trail and drinking water of Koli National Park.
 

Herajärven kierros Trail

The Herajärven kierros Trail is available to hikers during the snow-free season (about from June to October). The route is very demanding due to steep ascents and descents. Please carefully check additional details and tips about Herajärven kierros Trail.

 

By public transportation to Koli National Park

(Updated 29th of September 2022)

Finland's most famous national landscapes can also be reached by train and bus.

From Joensuu railway station you can make the trip to Koli National Park by by taxi (kolintaksi.fi, in Finnish).

From Joensuu and Kajaani Railway Station you can also take a bus to Ahmovaara. The distance from Ahmovaara to Koli National Park is approximately 9 km. You can get from Ahmovaara to Koli National Park by walking, cycling, or taking a regular taxi (kolintaksi.fi, in Finnish). Mon-Fri you can get to Koli village from Ahmovaara by booking a bus connection from Ahmovaara to Koli (koli.fi, in Finnish) in advance. From the village of Koli, a hiker can follow the Kylän polku (“Village Trail”) to the Koli Nature Center Ukko and further to the Ukko-Koli landscape site.

From Lieksa railway station you you can pre-book a shared taxi provided by the City of Lieksa (lieksa.fi, in Finnish).

You can get to Koli National Park from Lieksa Railway Station by ordering a shared taxi in advance (lieksa.fi, in finnish).

Read more from the Directions website.

News in Koli

Check for Warnings

When forest and grass fire warnings (en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi) are in effect, fire is only allowed at covered campfire sites that have a flue. A fire can be also lit in fireplaces at wilderness and other huts. Always use extreme caution when handling fire. The one who lights a fire is always responsible for its safe use. Please note, that making fire at these campfire sites can be banned locally. 

Gathering at the campfire sites increases the risk of coronavirus infection. Guidelines concerning coronavirus COVID-19

Tips for Outdoors

Knife and firewood.
Outdoor Guide: Making a fire