In order to travel Poronpolku Trail hikers should have a map and be fairly skilled in orienteering. For the most part the route travels along easily distinguishable paths, duckboards and sand roads. There are different marking types on each section of the trail. The trail can be travelled when the ground is not frozen.

  • On the Häme Lake Uplands outdoors map (1:50 000, The Map Centre 2000) the trail is marked as leading along the south and west sides of Lake Iso-Malva. The course of the trail has however been altered in the terrain and it now runs along the east side of Lake Iso-Malva towards the north. This change will be marked in all future maps.

  • On the Häme Lake Uplands outdoors map (1:50 000, The Map Centre 2000) as well as on the Poronpolku Event map the trail crosses Lake Pikku-Punelia at Marskin Maja. The ferry which crosses the lake at this point however runs only on the day on which the Poronpolku Event is held, the last Sunday in September.


Due to sparse markings in the terrain at some points along the trail and the steep ascents and descents along the trail's ridge sections Suomen Latu has classified the trail as demanding. The nature trails at the southern end of the route are marked well.

The trail is not suited for the disabled.

During dry weather hikers can travel the trail in light footwear, such as trainers.

Please, Take Note

Lake Pikku-Punelia can be crossed during the Poronpolku Event on the last Sunday in September, by cable ferry. This ferry does not operate at any other time.

The ski trails, which crisscross the area during winter, are not lit. The trails are intended only for classical cross-country skiing.