Summer Hiking Trails in Valtavaara-Pyhävaara area
Starting Points for Summer Trails
- Juhannuskalliontie Road, Eastern Ruka
- Konttainen Parking Area, Virkkulantie Road
- Ruka Central Square, Ruka Village (walk between Restaurant Piste and Restaurant Rukahovi)
- Saarua Parking Area, Eastern Ruka
- The crossroads in Plantingintie road and Petäjäkuja 1
Please note: Cycling is prohibited in Valtavaara, Konttainen and Juhannuskallio. Cycling is allowed in the Pyhän jyssäys Trail in both summer and winter.
Trail offers an excellent view far over Ruka and northern Kuusamo.
Available when the ground is unfrozen.
Travel time in summer 20 min and in winter 45 min.
Juhannuskalliontie Road, Eastern Ruka
The trail is suited for day trips. In the summer, it can be combined with the accessible trail (lookout point) and ski-lift / slope trail at Ruka.
Starting at the Juhannuskalliontie road, the trail meanders to the top of the Juhannuskallio Cliffs; it has some steep sections but is otherwise easy to walk.
The trail's signposts are poles marked with green paint.
There are no services along the trail, but there is a restaurant at the trail's starting point.
At the tip of Juhannuskallio Cliffs and on the western slope, there is a movement ban from 1 April to 15 August.
Trail is a sightseeing trail that runs up the steps to the top of Konttainen Hill. From there, you will have a majestic view over Lake Konttaisenjärvi, Valtavaara Hill, Ruka and northern Kuusamo.
Available all year around.
Travel time 1 hour.
Virkkulantie road parking area
Easy trail from the Virkkulantie parking area up to the Konttainen hill. Great sceneries over Lake Konttaisenjärvi, Rukatunturi fell and Northern Kuusamo.
Trails is also suitable for winter time hikes on snow shoes.
Route is recommended to hike on counterclockwise.
The trail is marked with signs and orange paint markings (Karhunkierros Trail). The trail is suited for day trips.
There are no services along the trail. Not allowed to make open fire.
Cycling is not allowed on Konttaisen kuhaus Trail in summer or winter.
Trail follows Karhunkierros Trail from Ruka to the fire guard's cabin at the top of Valtavaara Hill.
Available all year around.
Travel time 1.5 hours.
Saarua parking area, East Ruka
From the top of the hill the trail descends to Valtavaara campfire shelter and returns to Ruka along the eastern side of Valtavaara Hill.
Valtavaara day trip hut, Valtavaara campfire shelter and Valtavaaranlampi lean-to shelter and services in the Ruka Holiday Resort area.
Cycling is not allowed on Valtavaara huiputus Trail in summer or winter.
From Pikku-Pyhävaara Hill you will have a bird's eye view of the ski resort.
Available all year around. On hiking or cyckling.
Travel time 2‒3 hours.
The crossroads in Plantingintie road and Petäjäkuja 1
Two lookout points with benches; a campfire hut and a campfire site on top of Pikku-Pyhävaara Hill
A day-trip trail. The trail takes visitors from the crossroads in Plantingintie road and Petäjäkuja 1., to the top of Pikku-Pyhävaara Hill. The trail's signposts are poles with green reflective tape and a red reflective plate.
It is allowed to ride a bike on Pyhän jyssäys Trail in summer and in winter. Plase stay on the trail.
Karhunkierros Trail, 82 km / Direction
Trail is in total 82-km-long and travels through Valtavaara Nature Reserve. Hikers remember Valtavaara Hill as the last major hurdle before reaching the end point, which is at Rukatunturi Fell. The north slope of Valtavaara Hill is quite rocky and worn and therefore demanding. Read more on Karhunkierros pages.
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.