Hiking Walk on a nature trail Birdwatching Pick berries and mushrooms Ski cross-country on maintained trails

What can one do in Komio Nature Reserve?

Go Wilderness Trekking

The Luutaharju Samo Nature Trail in Komio Nature Reserve is connected by a 2 km trail to the Häme Ilvesreitti trail network (www.hameenvirkistysalueyhdistys.fi, in Finnish), which is over 200 km long. On the Häme Ilvesreitti trails it is possible to spend the night in your tent, in a lean-to shelter, in a kota shelter or in a paid accommodation.

Go Bird Watching

Komio is also a good bird watching destination. Luutasuo Mire can be called a bird paradise. For such a small mire its bird population is very diverse. Red-throated Divers (Gavia stellata), Cranes (Grus grus) and many waders can be spotted at the mire lakes. The landscape is a mix of deciduous and coniferous forest and sloping ridges where many birds of prey such as the Common Buzzard (Buteo buteo) and the Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) nest.

The view from the Komionvuori Hii. Photo: JANIMAGE.COM / Janne KoivuniemiWalk on Nature Trail

The nature trails in Komio Nature Reserve offer versatile scenery. There are two nature trails crossing the area's diverse landscape. Together they are 10 km long. Parts of the two trails have duckboards and in the ridges there are steps along the steepest slopes.

The 6.5 km long Luutaharju Samo Nature Trail and the 3.5 km long Pikku-Samo Nature Trail start off at Luutlammi parking area within Komio Nature Reserve. The two nature trails travel along and around the area's ridges and have information boards on the Komio Nature Reserve's signature features and on the restoration (www.metsa.fi) of esker forests and tree-filled mires.

Ski Cross-country on Maintained Trails

Lopen Samoojat and the municipality of Loppi maintain the SAMO ski trails in Komio Nature Reserve. The ski trails form several short circle trails, which together are 20 km long. The ski trails follow different routes than the area's nature trails so visitors see the nature reserve from a different angle during winter. There are three starting points for the ski trails. The first is Luutasyrjä parking area (by the Loppi - Pilpalatie road, road 13609), the second at Luutalammi parking area and the third is outside the nature reserve at Rajala cabin. During ski season there is a map of the area's ski trails hanging on the wall of Rajala cabin. The ski trails are also marked on maps on information boards at Luutasyrjä parking area and Luutalammi parking area.

Go Berry and Mushroom Picking

Picking berries and mushrooms is permitted in Komio Nature Reserve. The hikers will find cranberries (Vaccinium oxycoccos) and cloudberries (Rubus chamaemorus) in the area's mires and blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) and lingonberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) in the forests. Mushroom seekers can find at the least the most common types of boletuses, milk caps and russulas.

Go Fishing

Hook-and-line fishing and ice fishing is permitted in regional ponds under Everyman's Rights (www.environment.fi). Lure fishing is permitted with fisheries management permit (www.eräluvat.fi). Fisheries management permits may also be purchased on the Metsähallitus Eräluvat web shop (verkkokauppa.eraluvat.fi). Fishers need to check the restrictions on fishing sites at kalastusrajoitus.fi (In Finnish).

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