Hiking trails 0–10 km

Kolmiloukkonen trail, 3.8 km/circle trail

In the snow-free season, hiking time approx. 2 h 
Medium difficulty trail

Eskers, beautiful lakes and traces of the Ice Age in Salla National Park

Starting point
Address: Salla Visitor Centre (Salla Wilderness Park, formerly Reindeer Park/Poropuisto), Hautajärventie 111, 98900 Salla
Coordinates: WGS84 66° 44.3297', 28° 49.4223'
ETRS-TM35FIN 7403441, 580361

Hiking structures
Kolmiloukkonen lean-to shelter 1 (on western side of the lake), Kolmiloukkonen lean-to shelter 2 (on eastern side of the lake)

Sights
Eskers, beautiful lakes and traces of the Ice Age in Salla National Park

Trail description
Trail markings: Partly marked with red squares on trees, partly unmarked

Recommended direction: anti-clockwise, but the trail can be followed in either direction.

Kolmiloukkonen is a beautiful and diverse area of eskers and small lakes in Kaunisharju, Salla National Park, with steep esker slopes shaped by the Ice Age, depressions, boulder fields and pine forests of different ages. There are two lean-to shelters on the shores of Kolmiloukkonen, one on the eastern and one on the western side of the lake. Topsakantaival, a 45-kilometre section of the UKK trail heading towards Oulanka, Hautajärvi and Aikkikpetsi, leads past the lake. The Kolmiloukkonen trail circles around Kolmiloukkonen lake.

The trail starts in the corner closest to the Salla-Kuusamo road of Salla Visitor Centre's parking area. Hikers cross the boundary of Salla National Park around 150 metres after leaving the parking area. The trail runs over some rather steep hills and is slightly rocky in places. The trail initially goes through relatively young pine forests but sturdier trees are found closer to Kolmiloukkonen lake, where the path also becomes slightly easier. Immediately before Kolmiloukkonen, there is a beautiful little pond beside the path. Lean-to shelter 1 (on the western shore of Kolmiloukkonen lake) is located on a small headland, with a toilet on top of a mound a short distance away. 

A path leads through a pine forest, with a small lake in the background.

A half Lapp hut and a firewood shed in a pine forest on a sunny day.

From the lean-to shelter, the trail continues to the right, following the lakeshore through a pine forest. At the southern end of the lake the trail crosses a mire, then branches off the UKK trail to the left and continues along the shore to the north. There is no signpost at the junction after the mire, and the trail section leading back from the mire to lean-to shelter 1 via shelter 2 is more challenging. The trail is less visible in places, and there are no trail markings or signs. Hikers soon reach Kolmiloukkonen lean-to shelter 2 (on the eastern side of the lake), which is located on a scenic headland fringed with round rocks. The trail continues along the lakeshore and circles past the bolder field to the esker, where a narrow path branches off to the right. This 250-metre path leads to the parking area and observation site for natural phenomena of Kaunisharju. To reach it, hikers must cross the Salla-Kuusamo road. Particular care should be taken when crossing the road as there is no reduced speed limit at the crossing point. Hikers who wish to stay on the Kolmiloukkonen trail should keep going straight at this junction and stay close to the lake, this time on top of the esker. The trail comes back to lean-to shelter 1 and turns right. Hikers return to Salla Visitor Centre following the same route as at the beginning.

A lake landscape with a pine forest in the background. A rocky shore and dry grasses can be seen in the forefront.

A 45-kilometre section of the UKK trail marked with red squares leads to the right from lean-to shelter 1 and past the western side of the lake towards Aikkipetsi, Hautajärvi and Oulanka. This section is called Topsakantaival.

Please note

The trail is steep and rocky in places. The trail section along the eastern and northern side of Kolmiloukkonen lake is not marked, and there are no signposts. The path is also less visible and crossed by other paths on this section. 

Visitors should bring hiking gear suitable for the weather conditions, consisting of proper hiking shoes, weatherproof clothing, spare clothes, a map, a charged phone, and enough to drink and eat. There are natural water sources along the trail, but as the water quality in them is not tested, the water should always be boiled before use. In rainy weather, we recommend rubber boots or waterproof hiking shoes, as the trail may be wet in places. You should bring matches if you intend to light a fire, and your own toilet paper.  

Taivaan tavoittelijan taival trail, 1.9 km/each way

In the snow-free season, hiking time 1.5 h each way
Medium difficulty trail

Superb fell top views of Salla National Park and across the border to Russia from a fell top

Starting point
Address: Pohjoisrinteet (Northern slopes), Tunturikummuntie, 98900 Salla
Coordinates: WGS84 66° 46.2496', 28° 46.6856'
ETRS-TM35FIN 7406949, 578250.

Hiking structures
Iso Pyhätunturi viewing tower

Sights
Superb fell top views of Salla National Park and across the border to Russia from a fell top 

Trail description
Trail markings: blue squares on trees, on the initial section red squares on trees
Recommended direction of travel: there and back, this is not a circle trail
 

Two women are standing on wooden steps on a steep slope and looking at the view.

Taivaan tavoittelijan taival trail leads hikers all the way up to the fell top through beautiful forests. The viewing tower on the top offers magnificent views of the old Sallatunturi fells on the Russian side, in particular: Sallatunturi, Välitunturi and Rohmoiva. The panoramic view also takes in the forests, lakes and small mires of Salla National Park.

After leaving the Pohjoisrinteet (Northern slopes) parking area, the trail initially follows the UKK trail marked with red squares for 250 metres. It crosses the boundary of Salla National Park slightly before coming to a power line and the first junction. Hikers should turn right at the junction and follow the trail marked with blue squares towards the top of Iso Pyhätunturi. The first section of the trail, which leads through an old mixed forest dominated by spruce trees, is surfaced with gravel and makes for easy walking. 

A man and a woman are walking along a gravel path through a mixed forest.

The trail becomes steeper and more challenging as it climbs higher, but steps make the going easier. Hikers finally reach the bare, rocky and exposed fell top. The tower on the top of Iso Pyhätunturi fell offers great views of the wilderness with hills and fells, as well as Salla National Park. The old Sallatunturi fells on the Russian side of the border are particularly magnificent. The view from the top also takes in commercial forests to the north. Hikers return the same way as they came.

Steps lead up to the fell peak through a boulder field. There is a viewing tower at the top.

You can also start your hike on this trail at the Resort Centre and reach Pohjoisrinteet (Northern slopes) along the road leading past Keselmäjärvi Lake. Going this way the distance is 4.3 km in one direction. However, there are no separate signs or trail markings on this route.

Please note
The initial section has a gravel surface, but the wettest parts of the trail are crossed along duckboards. The trail is uneven and rocky in places. In the approach to the fell top, steps lead across a boulder field (the handrail is in somewhat poor condition in places). 
The best footwear for this trail are hiking shoes with firm ankle support. You should bring drinking water and foods that need not be cooked on a campfire. There is a viewing tower on the fell top but no campfire site, toilet or water supply point along the trail.

Hangasjärvi trails, 2.6–4.5 km

In the snow-free season
Easy and medium difficulty trails

Starting point
Address: Sallatunturi Resort Centre, Revontulentie, 98900 Salla
Coordinates: WGS84 66° 45.5567', 28° 46.1984'
ETRS-TM35FIN 7405652, 577929

Address: Sallatunturin Tuvat, Hangasjärventie , 98900 Salla
Coordinates: WGS84 66° 45.3379', 28° 45.9431'
ETRS-TM35FIN 7405240

Hiking structures
Sallatunturin Tuvat lean-to shelter, Ämminpolku lean-to shelter, Hangasjärvi lean-to shelter, Hangasharju viewing tower (all maintained by the municipality of Salla)
 

A lean-to shelter on the lake side in a pinewood forest.

Trail description
You can follow marked trails from Sallatunturi Resort Centre towards Hangasjärvi lake. You have the choice between the 2.6-kilometre Ämminpolku trail or Hangasharju trail of 4,5 kilometres, or you can follow your nose around the dense network of paths. Hangasjärvi area treats visitors to beautiful pine forests and undulating hills. On Hangasjärvi lake, you can enjoy great views towards Ruuhitunturi fell. Hangasjärvi trails are maintained by the municipality of Salla. They are linked to Metsähallitus trails, including a path connecting Hangasjärvi lean-to shelter to the Ruuhitunturi circle trail. Hangasjärvi trails are either easy or of medium difficulty and also suitable for beginners. Bring a map to help you choose the right path at junctions.

Sallatunturin Tuvat is another popular starting place for the Hangasharju trails. Signposts and a trail with duckboards can be found on the edge of the mire.
 

A man and a woman are holding a child, who is looking through binoculars. There is a hill landscape in the background.

Hiking trails of over 10 km

Kaunisharju trail, 11 km, circle trail

In the snow-free season, hiking time 3 to 4 hours.
Medium difficulty

Walk along eskers shaped by the Ice Age, through ancient spruce forests and past lakes and streams in Salla National Park.

Starting point
Address: Sallatunturi Resort Centre, Revontulentie, 98900 Salla
Coordinates: WGS84 66° 45.5567', 28° 46.1984'
ETRS-TM35FIN 7405652, 577929

Address: Salla Visitor Centre (Salla Wilderness Park, formerly Reindeer Park/Poropuisto), Hautajärventie 111, 98900 Salla
Coordinates: WGS84 66° 44.3297', 28° 49.4223'
ETRS-TM35FIN 7403441, 580361

Hiking structures
Kaunisharju lean-to shelter, Tunturilampi lean-to shelter

Sights
Walk along eskers shaped by the Ice Age, through ancient spruce forests and past lakes and streams in Salla National Park

Trail description
Trail markings: blue squares on trees, partly red squares on trees (UKK trail section)
Recommended direction of travel: the trail can be followed in either direction
The Kaunisharju trail leads through a beautiful forest dominated by spruce trees, partly in Salla National Park. The trail follows the edges of the steep eskers of Kaunisharju shaped by the Ice Age, crosses several forest streams and takes in beautiful fell, mire and lake views. One section follows the UKK trail. While relatively close to the resort, it still has a wilderness atmosphere. According to legend, a hermit lived in his hiding place in Kaunisharju and stayed away from the beaten tracks.
 

A lake and some dry grasses can be seen against the backdrop of an esker slope.

Starting at the Resort Centre, the Kaunisharju trail follows a path leading on to the right from the information signs, turning left at the following junction after 100 metres. The trail meanders along parallel to the Salla–Kuusamo road (Road 950) almost half the way, initially along the edge of a mire through old mixed forests. Turn right at the next two junctions. Soon you cross a small stream and also the boundary of Salla National Park. In a while you come to a junction where you can turn right towards the Wilderness Park or go left towards Kaunisharju lean-to shelter and enter deeper into the National Park’s old-growth forests. The first rest stop of the trail is the lean-to shelter of Kaunisharju, which is located in a little valley with a stream and a pond. 

From the lean-to shelter, the trail starts to climb towards the denser old-growth spruce forests of Kontiokangas and the second rest stop of the trail at Tunturilampi lean-to shelter. Slightly before the lean-to shelter, the trail leaves Salla National Park. Magnificent views of Iso Pyhätunturi open up from the shores of Tunturilampi. 
 

Two women are seen on duckboards by a lake. They are looking at the view.

From Tunturilampi lean-to shelter the trail continues to the right through an old spruce and pine forest, following a wider ski track base. On the way back, you can select one of several alternative trails back to the Resort Centre. On a sunny evening, you can enjoy the setting sun which hits the old pine wood on a steep slope just before you reach the Resort Centre. Water is available at both rest stops on this trail, but water from natural sources must always be boiled before use.

Common cottongrass and heath spotted orchids are flowering in a mire.

You can embark on the Kaunisharju trail from the Resort Centre, in which case the distance will be 11 km, or the Wilderness Park, which will give a total length of 11.6 km. This trail was previously called Erakon polku (the Hermit’s path).

Please note
The greatest part of the trail follows a wide ski track base which has a lighted ski track in winter. The trail is uneven in places and has some slightly steeper parts, mainly in the Kaunisharju-Wilderness Park-Sallatunturi section. Kaunisharju observation site for natural phenomena is located on top of the esker on the Salla–Kuusamo road, not on this trail.

Visitors should bring hiking gear suitable for the weather conditions, consisting of proper hiking shoes, weatherproof clothing, spare clothes, a map, a charged phone, and enough to drink and eat. There are natural water sources along the trail, but as the water quality in them is not tested, the water should always be boiled before use. In rainy weather, we recommend rubber boots or waterproof hiking shoes, as the trail may be wet in places. You should bring matches if you intend to light a fire, and your own toilet paper.  
 

Salmijoki ravine trail, 11.5 km/each way

In snow-free season, hiking time approx. 5 h one way
Demanding trail (trail markings missing)

Experience Salmijoki ravine and its pristine forests, admire the steep rocky shores of Kalliolampi and enjoy the views from eskers

Starting point
Address: Sallatunturi Resort Centre, Revontulentie, 98900 Salla
Coordinates: WGS84 66° 45.5567', 28° 46.1984'
ETRS-TM35FIN 7405652, 577929

Address: Forest road to the direction of Salmijoki ravine and Kalliojärvi (no official parking area)
Coordinates: WGS84 66° 45.4508', 28° 34.5158'
ETRS-TM35FIN 7405225, 569363

Hiking structures
Kalliojärvi day hut, half campfire hut and campfire site of Salmijoki ravine

Sights
Experience Salmijoki ravine and its pristine forests, admire the steep rocky shores of Kalliolampi and enjoy the views from eskers

Trail description
Trail markings: partly marked with blue markers, partly with blue paint and partly with markers and paint.

Recommended direction of travel: the trail can be followed in either direction
The rugged beauty of the Salmijoki River with its old-growth spruce forests and thick-barked pines is the climax of the journey from Sallatunturi Ski Resort past Lake Kalliojärvi to the ravine. The trail takes hikers to small lakes with rocky shores and impressive eskers with great views of lakes and low-lying marshes. The trail mainly leads through commercial forests. When you approach the Salmijoki River and Vilmatunturi Nature Reserve, the old forests create a wilderness atmosphere.

Small rapids and a bridge across the river can be seen to the right. To the left there is a lean-to shelter in an old forest.

The trail starts at the Resort Centre, goes under the Salla–Kuusamo road (Road 950) and passes the holiday chalet area on its way towards Keselmämännikkö and Ruuhijoki. After crossing the Ruuhijoki River, the trail follows a path running parallel to the river and using the road in places. As you approach Kalliojärvi lake, the terrain becomes rockier and the trail runs along the edge of the rugged Kalliolampi lake. There are a few private cottages on Kalliolampi that can be glimpsed from the trail but you have to keep going to the next lake to reach the day hut. The trail leads on towards Kalliojärvi, where a day hut and a campfire site can be found. Kalliojärvi is reached by climbing some metal steps

A lake view with steep, rocky shores.

After the hut, the trail crosses a narrow strait along a bridge and continues along an esker formation. At first, the path tends to disappear under a forest road at times, and forest has recently been felled in this area. Closer to the Salmijoki River you reach the private protected area of Ruuhenlatvankangas with older trees, and splendid views of lakes and mires can be seen below the esker. Around 1.3 km before Salmijoki ravine rest stop, the trail leaves the forest road, and the boundary of Vilmatunturi Nature Reserve is crossed around 700 metres before the stop. At Salmijoki ravine you will find a half campfire hut, a campfire site and a bridge across some small but scenic rapids. Water is available at both rest stops on this trail, but water from natural sources must always be boiled before use. The trail returns along the same route.

A trail runs along an esker in a pine forest.

You can also reach Salmijoki ravine by car from Salla village along a gravel road that branches off the road leading from Salla towards Kemijärvi. This road, which is in poor condition in places (Rojula road, junction on the left about 7 km from Salla towards Kemijärvi), brings you close to the lean-to shelter in summer. The road is not drivable or kept open in winter and while road conditions are difficult, and it is closed with a barrier. The distance to Salmijoki ravine rest stop from the end of the small, bumpy and rocky dead-end road (with space for a handful of cars) is around 700 metres.

Please note
This trail requires hiking and map reading skills. The signs and trail markers are poorly visible or missing in many places, especially when you leave Sallatunturi Resort Centre. Part of the trail runs along easy roads or paths, while some sections are uneven, rocky and slightly overgrown. There are a few steeper climbs near Kalliojärvi lake and the Salmijoki River. 

Visitors should bring hiking gear suitable for the weather conditions, consisting of proper hiking shoes, weatherproof clothing, spare clothes, a map, a charged phone, and enough to drink and eat. There are natural water sources along the trail, but as the water quality in them is not tested, the water should always be boiled before use. In rainy weather, we recommend rubber boots or waterproof hiking shoes, as the trail may be very wet in places. You should bring matches if you intend to light a fire, and your own toilet paper.  

Ruuhitunturi trail, 15 km, circle trail

In the snow-free season, hiking time 5 to 6 hours.
Demanding trail due to its rockiness and climbs

Siberian spruces, lakes and distant views across the Russian border

Starting point
Address: Salla Visitor Centre (Salla Wilderness Park, formerly Reindeer Park/Poropuisto), Hautajärventie 111, 98900 Salla
Coordinates: WGS84 66° 44.3297', 28° 49.4223'
ETRS-TM35FIN 7403441, 580361

Hiking structures
Kontiolampi lean-to shelter, Hangasjärvi lean-to shelter and Ruuhitunturi day hut (all maintained by the municipality of Salla) and Ruuhitunturi viewing tower.

Sights
Siberian spruces, lakes and distant views across the Russian border

Trail description
Trail markings: Blue squares on trees and posts with blue tips, no markers in places
Recommended direction of travel: the trail can be hiked in either direction
The Ruuhitunturi trail takes you to a variety of terrains, old-growth spruce and pine woods, commercial forests, mire and lake landscapes as well as hills and fells. Views stretching all the way to Russia open out from the viewing tower on top of Ruuhitunturi fell, and Pirttivaara hill also offers magnificent panoramic views. On the slopes of Ruuhitunturi, the trail brings you through splendid pristine Siberian spruce stands, with ponds and lakes also glimpsed on the way.

The start of the trail can be found on the right-hand side of the Salla Visitor Centre’s main building. The initial section follows an unpaved road through the campfire hut area and along the esker beside Tammakkolampi lake. The trail continues along the top of Kontiokankaanharju esker and soon reaches the first rest stop, Kontiolampi lean-to shelter. The trail leads on through variable terrain and crosses a couple of streams. Before Hangasjärvi lake, the trail crosses a path leading to the Resort Centre. The last rest stop before the climb to Ruuhitunturi fell is Hangasjärvi lean-to shelter, which is located on a scenic headland. From the lean-to shelter the trail goes on across a mire and begins to climb, after a while joining a wider ski track base. 

A woman is walking across a mire along duckboards. In the background can be seen woods dominated by spruce trees.

Higher up, the trail goes through an old-growth spruce forest, and you can glimpse small mires and panoramic views across long distances through the trees. Shortly before Ruuhitunturi day hut, the trail meets the return path at a junction. Next to Ruuhitunturi day hut, there is a larger building that serves as a winter café for skiers. It also has one room available to rent. After the buildings, the trail to the top of Ruuhitunturi fell branches off to the left from a wider snowmobile track and starts climbing towards the viewing tower. This trail section is poorly marked an not very easy to see. The tower on the top offers great views in all directions, including the twin peaks of Sallatunturi fells, the larger old Sallatunturit fells on the Russian side of the border, and splendid mire landscapes to the west. 

A man and a woman are standing in a tower looking at the view.

From the top you come back the same way and turn right after the huts. The trail goes around the top of Ruuhitunturi by north and meanders down towards Pirttivaara. The last climb of the trail is in the approach to Pirttivaara, which treats hikers to panoramic views through a beautiful forest. From Pirttivaara the trail makes its way back to Salla Visitor Centre via Tammakkolampi lake. When you descend from Ruuhitunturi towards Salla Visitor Centre via Pirttivaara, there are practically no trail markings, but the path is quite clear. 

A view from a hill with fells on the horizon. There are old pine trees in the foreground and on the side.

The starting point of the Ruuhitunturi trail can be found in Salla Visitor Centre, and its total length is 13.8 km. You can also start from the Resort Centre, in which case the total length is 17.2 km.

Please note
The trail mainly follows narrow and uneven paths that are rocky in places. Some sections use a wider ski track base that has wet sections. When you descend from Ruuhitunturi towards Salla Visitor Centre via Pirttivaara, there are practically no trail markings, but the path is quite clear. There are many path and road junctions on the trail, which means that hikers need a map. There are no trail markings on the section Ruuhitunturi-Pirttivaara-Salla Visitor Centre.

Visitors should bring hiking gear suitable for the weather conditions, consisting of proper hiking shoes, weatherproof clothing, spare clothes, a map, a charged phone, and enough to drink and eat. There are natural water sources along the trail, but as the water quality in them is not tested, the water should always be boiled before use. In rainy weather, we recommend rubber boots or waterproof hiking shoes, as the trail may be wet in places. You should bring matches if you intend to light a fire, and your own toilet paper.  

Pahakuru trail, 18 km, circle trail 

In the snow-free season, hiking time 5 to 6 hours.
Medium difficulty trail

See the beautiful old-growth forests, fell landscapes and steep ravines of Salla National Park

Starting point
Address: Sallatunturi Resort Centre, Revontulentie, 98900 Salla
Coordinates: WGS84 66° 45.5567', 28° 46.1984'
ETRS-TM35FIN 7405652, 577929

Address: Pohjoisrinteet (Northern slopes), Tunturikummuntie, 98900 Salla
Coordinates: WGS84 66° 46.2496', 28° 46.6856'
ETRS-TM35FIN 7406949, 578250

Address: Salla Visitor Centre (Salla Wilderness Park, formerly Reindeer Park/Poropuisto), Hautajärventie 111, 98900 Salla
Coordinates: WGS84 66° 44.3297', 28° 49.4223'
ETRS-TM35FIN 7403441, 580361

Hiking structures
Kaippahanoja lean-to shelter, Pahakuru campfire site, Kylmähete campfire hut, Tunturilampi lean-to shelter

Sights
See the beautiful old-growth forests, fell landscapes and steep ravines of Salla National Park.

Trail description
Trail markings: red squares on trees
Recommended direction of travel: the trail can be followed in either direction

The Pahakuru trail takes in most of the finest sights in Salla National Park. Hikers can enjoy old-growth forests, thick-barked pine trees, standing deadwood and ancient spruce forests carpeted with mosses. There are many streams, mires and small lakes along the trail. Fell views open out in several directions. You get to see Iso Pyhätunturi fell, which is the highest point of the national park, from different angles and also have a peek at the large fells on the Russian side of the border. The climax of the trail is Pahakuru rest stop with its ancient pines, rocky ravine and the hills of Aatsinginhauta valley glimpsed through the trees. The trail gives you a real taste of the wilderness. The Pahakuru trail is also part of the UKK trail, which divides into two branches at Sallatunturi.

The first section of the trail from the Resort Centre runs along a wider ski track base past the steep and scenic slope of Tunturimännikkö and gradually begins to climb through an old forest of spruce and pine trees. At the beginning, there are a few junctions where you should check that you pick the right path. The first rest stop is Tunturilampi lean-to shelter. You can admire a magnificent fell landscape from duckboards near the shelter, with a great view of Iso Pyhätunturi fell behind Tunturilampi lake. 

A lake view with a fell in the background. The foreground shows a mire.

After Tunturilampi lean-to shelter, the trail crosses into Salla National Park. Here the path becomes narrower and dives deeper into the forest. The trail continues through the spruce forests of Tunturikumpu, where you can occasionally get a glimpse of the old Sallatunturi fells on the Russian side of the border. The next rest stop is Kylmähete campfire hut on top of a small esker. The hut is located close to a marshy pond where you can get water if necessary (water from natural sources should always be boiled before use). The trail continues northwards, and after crossing a small mire, it takes a right turn to a  path of around 600 metres to Pahakuru campfire site, which is the half-way point. The trail runs along the rocky banks of Pahaojankuru ravine among thick-barked pines. Close by the campfire site you can get panoramic views in the direction of Aatsinginhauta valley. 

he thick trunk of an old pine tree surrounded by old spruces can be seen in the foreground. There is a hill landscape in the background.

At Pahakuru campfire site, steps lead to the bottom of ravine, where water is available (water from natural sources must always be boiled before use). There is no toilet at Pahakuru. If you would like a longer walk, you can keep going after Pahakuru and admire scenic mire ponds, hill landscapes of Aatsinginhauta valley and slopes of Julmoiva from the vantage point of Pitkälampi campfire hut. From Pitkälampi hikers return the same way, and walking this section both ways adds 3.8 km to the total distance. From Pahakuru, the trail backtracks for 600 metres and returns to the main trail, continuing along the edge of the mire to the right and taking in streams, mires and great views of Iso Pyhätunturi fell. More pines gradually appear in the forest dominated by spruces, and some handsome old aspens can also be spotted along the trail. 

A group of people are winding their way across a mire on duckboards.

The final rest stop on this trail is Kaippahanoja lean-to shelter, where a panoramic view of commercial forests opens out through the trees. There is no water supply point at the lean-to shelter. From Kaippahanoja the trail continues through an old-growth forest and around Iso Pyhätunturi fell. Before reaching Pohjoisrinteet (Northern slopes), the trail runs along the boundary of Salla National Park on the edge of a commercial forest and leaves the national park after going under a power line. From Pohjoisrinteet (Northern slopes) the trail continues for another 2.5 km along the road back to the Resort Centre. You turn right to Tunturikummuntie road at the first junction and then carry on downhill along the road past Keselmäjärvi lake. At the camping area, turn left to Sallatunturintie road, and after about 600 metres, take another left to Revontulentie road, which leads you back to the starting point at the Resort Centre.

You can start your hike on the Pahakuru trail either from the Resort Centre or the Pohjoisrinteet (Northern slopes), in which case the total length is 18 km, or from the Salla Visitor Centre, which gives a total trail length of 24.5 km. This trail was previously called Hetehaltijan lumous.

Please note
The trail is wet and rocky in places, and it also has short sections with a steep climb. Some of the duckboards are slightly too short, and in rainy weather some sections may be wet. The steps and dock at Kylmähete are in poor condition. There are no trail markings on the section along the road from the Pohjoisrinteet (Northern slopes) to the Resort Centre.

Visitors should bring hiking gear suitable for the weather conditions, consisting of proper hiking shoes, weatherproof clothing, spare clothes, a map, a charged phone, and enough to drink and eat. There are natural water sources along the trail, but as the water quality in them is not tested, the water should always be boiled before use. In rainy weather, we recommend rubber boots or waterproof hiking shoes, as the trail may be very wet in places. You should bring matches if you intend to light a fire, and your own toilet paper.  

Aikkipetsin kierros trail, 25 km, circle trail

In the snow-free season, hiking time 7 to 8 hours.
Difficult trail due to its length and rocky paths

An excursion to a wilderness of ancient pines with peace and quiet of nature

Starting point
Address: Salla Visitor Centre (Salla Wilderness Park, formerly Reindeer Park/Poropuisto), Hautajärventie 111, 98900 Salla
Coordinates: WGS84 66° 44.3297', 28° 49.4223'
ETRS-TM35FIN 7403441, 580361

Hiking structures
Kolmiloukkonen lean-to shelter 1, Siskelilampi campfire hut, Aikkipetsi day hut, Paltsarikumpu lean-to shelter, Hevosoja lean-to shelter and Hanhivaaranlampi lean-to shelter.

Sights
An excursion to a wilderness of ancient pines with peace and quiet of nature

Trail description
Trail markings: Blue and red squares on trees
Recommended direction of travel: The trail can be hiked in either direction

The Aikkipetsi trail takes you to the wilderness far away from the busy Resort Centre and through a variety of terrains and natural environments. The most pristine wilderness on this trail section is found in Aikkipetsi and Paltsarikumpu area, while there also are commercial forests elsewhere along the trail. A number of rest stops are available on this trail.

Two hikers are carrying their rucksacks along a narrow path in an old pine forest.

The starting point of the Aikkipetsi trail is in the corner of Salla Visitor Centre’s parking area closest to the Salla-Kuusamo road. The trail crosses into Salla National Park around 150 metres after the parking area. The first section of the trail has ups and downs, and the path is slightly rocky in places. The first rest stop of the trail is Kolmiloukkonen lean-to shelter 1, which is located on a small headland. A toilet can be found on top of a mound a short distance away. After the lean-to shelter, the trail continues to the right along a smooth, needle-covered path on the lakeshore. After walking less than three kilometres you take a right turn at a junction. The trail returns to this point at the end of the loop. After around half a kilometre, the trail leaves Salla National Park and winds its way around small eskers, lakes and mires. The next rest stop is Siskelilampi campfire hut on a beautiful lake, from where the trail continues to the flanks of Ruuhitunturi fell. If you wish, at this point you can divert to the nature tower of Ruuhitunturi fell to admire the view. The distance to the tower and back is less than 5 km. After climbing over Kuusikko-Ruuhivaara hill, the trail descends through scenic esker landscapes and thick-barked pines to some small lakes. Aikkipetsi day hut is located on a small lake with steep banks.

A woman is carrying some firewood in her arms with her back to the camera. A day hut can be seen in the background.

At the day hut the trail divides into two. The left-hand branch returns to Salla Visitor Centre, whereas the right-hand one is part of Topsakantaival, a section of the UKK trail leading to Hautajärvi and Oulanka. The trail runs along lower-lying heath forests and mires to Paltsarikumpu lean-to shelter and on to Hevosoja lean-to shelter. When approaching Hanhivaara, the trail crosses a forest road and continues along the flanks of Hanhivaara hill to Hanhivaaranlampi lean-to shelter. Slightly more than 600 metres from the lean-to shelter, the trail crosses into Salla National Park again, returning to the first junction of the initial trail section. The trail returns to Salla Visitor Centre along the shores of Kolmiloukkonen lake.

The section from the Salla Visitor Centre over Kuusikko-Ruuhivaara hill to Aikkipetsi day hut is part of the UKK trail and marked with red squares on trees. The return trail from Aikkipetsi via Paltsarikumpu and Hanhivaara is marked with blue squares. 

Please note
The trail mainly follows narrow and uneven paths that are rocky in places. Some sections may be wet. There are some path junctions on the trail, which means that hikers need a map.

Visitors should bring hiking gear suitable for the weather conditions, consisting of proper hiking shoes, weatherproof clothing, spare clothes, a map, a charged phone, and enough to drink and eat. There are natural water sources along the trail, but as the water quality in them is not tested, the water should always be boiled before use. In rainy weather, we recommend rubber boots or waterproof hiking shoes, as the trail may be wet in places. You should bring matches if you intend to light a fire, and your own toilet paper.  
 

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