Directions to Petkeljärvi National Park

17.1.2022
Check regional Covid-instructions before your hiking trip or a visit to a nature center.

Liminganlahti Nature Centre is closed 1.1.-4.2.2022. The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is closed 10.1.–1.2.2022. Koli Nature Centre Ukko is closed 1.1.–26.1.2022. Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu is closed 13.1.–31.1.2022.

In other nature centers in Finland, we require the use of a facial mask and keeping the 2 meter distance to other visitors. In addition, there may be requirements to show the Covid pass, and/or the number of visitors can be limited. More information Nature centers. The length of the restrictions depends on the region. More regional information can be found at the Finnish institute for health and welfare website.

Petkeljärvi National Park is located east of Joensuu-Ilomantsi highway (main road no. 74). It is 90 km from Joensuu and 23 km from Ilomantsi to Petkeljärvi. Approach signs start on main road no. 74.

To the Hiking Trails

The hiking trails can be reached from five different parking areas. Starting points for the hiking trails.

All parking areas are located along Petkeljärventie, from north to south: Along the northern border of Petkeljärvi National Park, at Pieni Kuikkalampi, Kuikkalampi and Petraniemi, in connection with the Petkeljärvi Outdoor Centre, which also has a separate parking area for caravans and trailers.

By Car to Petkeljärvi

Parking area on the northern border of the national park, Petkeljärventie 25, Ilomantsi. Space for approximately 5 cars. Winter maintenance. During winter maintenance, the parking area may be smaller.

Pieni Kuikkalampi parking area, Petkeljärventie 32, Ilomantsi. Space for approximately 5 cars. No winter maintenance.

Kuikkalampi parking area, Petkeljärventie 47, Ilomantsi. Space for approximately 5 cars. No winter maintenance.

Petraniemi parking area, Petkeljärventie 61, Ilomantsi. Space for approximately 45 cars. Winter maintenance. During winter maintenance, the parking area may be smaller.

Petraniemi caravan area, Petkeljärventie 61, Ilomantsi. Space for approximately 19 caravans and trailers. Caravans may be parked for overnight stays. No winter maintenance.

Please note that there may be delays in ploughing the roads.

By Boat to Petkeljärvi

The Petkeljärvi Outdoor Centre on the shore of Lake Valkiajärvi has a boat pier where boaters may land. Find out more about services for boaters.

By Public Transport to Ilomantsi

Petkeljärvi National Park cannot be reached by public transport. The nearest bus connection (matkahuolto.fi) is from Joensuu to Ilomantsi, and the nearest train connections (vr.fi) are to Joensuu and Uimaharju.