What's Currently Happening in Koli National Park

31/3/2022
Koli Nature Center Ukko is closed 1.4.–7.6.2022 due to Hiking exhibition construction. Exhibitions, guiding, conference facilities and catering services are not available during the renovations. Read more about services and hiking conditions in Koli National Park from here.

Spring 2022 in Koli National Park

(Updated 17th of May 2022)

Koli Nature Center Ukko closed
Current hiking conditions
Trails
Herajärvi trail
Campfire sites
Ice situation at lake Pielinen
Arriving to Koli at spring
Ikolanaho spring and Jero well out of comission

Koli Nature Center Ukko is closed 1.4.–7.6.2022 due to Hiking exhibition construction

(Updated 11th of April 2022)

Koli Nature Center Ukko's lobby and gift shop space will be renewed this spring. The Nature Center will be closed to public during the construction.

During the construction 1.4.–7.6.2022 the customer service of Metsähallitus is available from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3 pm:

Information about Koli National Park's services and maps you can find from our websites. Excursionmap.fi offers a free map service that contains all the trails and service structures offered and maintained by Metsähallitus. You can also purchase maps in advance from the Koli.fi online store (koli.fi, in finnish) or after arrival from the reception of Break Sokos Hotel Koli (sokoshotels.fi).

Remember to check the instructions and rules of the area before your trip. Koli National Park is first of all a nature conservation area. To ensure the health of our environment and to avoid erosion we have limited the locations where you can camp, make a fire (only when the forest fire warning is not in force), or park your car inside our national park.

Current hiking conditions in Koli National Park

(Updated 17th of May 2022)

Remember to check the instructions and rules of the area before your trip.
 Koli National Park is first of all a nature conservation area. To ensure the health of our environment and to avoid erosion we have limited the locations where you can camp, make a fire (only when the forest fire warning is not in force), or park your car inside our national park. Check out the Outdoor Etiquette too.

Current conditions on Koli National Park’s trails

The snow cover has been very thick this winter at Koli region and there is still a lot of snow (30-50 cm). This means that majority of our trails are supposedly snowy, icy, wet and/or muddy until the late May. Snow often lingers for a longer time on the shadowy terrain and for example northern side of the hills, even if most on the roads and shorelines would already be bare. The warm spring days and rains make the snow wet, non-carrying and hard to walk on. The most used paths are rather easy to walk on.

Huippujen kierros (“The Trail of the Tops”, 1.4 km) Circle Trail
The peaks are already bare. The stairs to Ukko-Koli are already bare. The Trail of the Tops can be walked with normal shoes, but the snow crust may be non-supportive. The Snowshoeing Trail on the Koli's peaks is closed for this winter season.

Read more about our trails and check out the equipment rental opportunities offered by our partners.

Herajärvi Trail (35-60km)

The Herajärvi Trail is available to hikers during the snow-free season. The route is very demanding due to steep ascents and descents. In the spring, the route is particularly heavy to hike due to the wet and non-carrying snow cover. The route also has a rope-pulley ferry and a wading cable. The Sikosalmi rope-pulley ferry is already available for use. The wading cable crossing on the other hand may not be possible during spring floods.

When hiking in May, keep in mind that the trails can be partly snowy, wet and / or muddy. For example on the northern side of the Ryläys hill there is still about 40-50 cm snow (9.5.2022). Snow often lingers for a longer time on the shadowy terrain, even if the roads and shorelines would already be bare.

It is also good to prepare for spring floods. For example, the road leading to the Lakkala farm may have water up to 30-40 cm in the spring. In addition, there is a wading cable on the route near Rykiniemi camping area, which crosses Herajoki. During possible spring floods, the water level may be so high that the wading cable of Herajoki cannot be used. The crossing should be circled through Herajoentie, the bridge and Vaaralahdentie. If you don’t use the wading cable and follow the Herajoentie road to the intersection of Rekilammentie instead (the distance along the road is 3 km), the overall hiking distance is reduced by more than a kilometer.

Normally during the snow-free season it is recommended to reserve 2-3 days for The Northern Herajärvi Trail (35 km), because the hiking route is demanding even in summer and slow to travel due to the altitude differences. If you decide to hike The Northern Herajärvi Trail in early spring, when there is still snow in the terrain, it is good to reserve at least 4 days for the hike. Camping can also be challenging in May, as the possible camping sites can still be snowy or the ground cold and wet at least.

Please carefully check our websites for further hiking information on the Northern Herajärvi Trail and Southern Herajärvi Trail.

Information about campfire sites

Except the “Prime minister’s” campfire site, all of our campfire sites marked on the map contain long firewood that hikers can saw and chop to make a campfire. Remember to check the Outdoor Etiquette for further info. You can already walk rather easily to the following campfire sites:

  • "Prime minister's” campfire site located near Koli Nature Center Ukko (no firewood maintenance, firewood can be purchased from the reception of Break Sokos Hotel Koli (sokoshotels.fi))
  • Paimenenvaara campfire site, accessible walking 0,5 km south-west from Mäkränaho
  • Ikolanaho campfire site, accessible by walking 0,7 km north from Peiponpelto parking area
  • Likolahti campfire site, accessible by car and a short walk (Likolahti parking area, Rantatie 45).

Note that also on these trails snow might sink under the shoe, making it harder to proceed on the trail. Read more about Koli National Park's maps and services.

The ice situation of Lake Pielinen

The ice sheet is beginning to melt. We recommend avoiding moving on the ice. The thickness of ice may vary regionally.

Avoid Jerontie and Rantatie – it is always best to arrive via the alphalted Kolintie (Road 504) 

(Updated 4th of May 2022)

We recommend arriving to Koli and Koli National Park always via asphalted Kolintie (Road 504). Navigators often recommend to use Jerontie (Road 15735) and Rantatie (Road 5046), but it is better to drive through Neste Kolinportti and Kolintie (Road 504).

Jerontie and Rantatie are very challenging especially during winter and spring, but also other seasons are challenging especially for big vehicles, such as caravans.

Read more about arriving to Koli and winter maintenance of the parking areas.

Ikolanaho Spring and Jero Well are Out of Commission

(Updated 1st of October 2021)

The spring 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).

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

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