Walking Hiking Ski cross-country on maintained trails  Ski cross-country off trails Fishing Hunting Bär- och svampplockning Snowshoeing

Things To Do and See

Walk on the marked trails

The 9-km round-trip trail in Iivaara is called Iirinki Trail. There is an open wilderness hut along the trail with a dry toilet and campfire site.

Go on walking expeditions in the wilderness

Iivaara and the surrounding large wilderness area offers a great chance to explore the Koillismaa region by hiking outside the marked routes also. You can return to the Iivara Trail's starting point either from the southeastern or the southwestern side of the hill chain. Note that hiking outside the marked routes requires experience and wilderness skills.

Ski on maintained ski trails

The 40-km cross-country ski trail from Lahtela village to Iivaara is open from 17 February to 30 April. Around 11 km of the trail passes through the Iivaara area. There is a connecting ski trail between the main trail and Näätälampi open wilderness hut.

Go on skiing expeditions in the wilderness

The Iivaara ski trail facilitates wilderness expeditions in winter, too. The ski trail is connected to the Kuusamo Circular Ski Trail (17 km) and Aurinkolatu Ski Trail (27 km).

Further information about the skiing trails in Kuusamo (www.kuusamo.fi).

Go fishing

Fishing and ice fishing is permitted in the area free of charge under public rights of access (www.ymparisto.fi).

Lure fishing requires either a fishing management fee (www.eraluvat.fi) or Metsähallitus recreational fishing licence (www.eraluvat.fi). Permits can be purchased at Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu or at Metsähallitus web store (www.eraluvat.fi).

Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

Go hunting

Iivaara is part of the Eastern Kuusamo small game hunting area (Eastern Kuusamo, permit area 5637).Permits can be purchased at Kuusamo Customer Service Karhuntassu or at Metsähallitus online shop (eraluvat.fi).

Go Berry and Mushroom Picking

Picking berries and mushrooms is permitted throughout the Iivaara area. Local species include mushrooms, cloudberries, and various kinds of boletes.

Go Snowshoe Walking

The varying terrain and magnificent views of Iivaara pose exciting challenges to hikers on snowshoes.

Services Offered by Partners in Iivaara